Sunday, April 27, 2014

Take an Actor or Actress...and Get Arrested for Kidnapping

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. What is it?
Ross solved it inadvertently, which is pretty much how we do these things these days.

You, of course, solved it with great verve and panache, and you'll add a flourish when you fill in the NPR Contact Us Form, found here.

Last Sunday morning, I was still returning east from Northern California. On my way from Mendocino to the airport, my GPS took me through San Francisco on Nineteenth Street--not the pretty parts. Here, then, are some pretty parts of S.F.:














Time for
This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above. If you want to win, leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive. First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess. Or skip the comments and send an email with your pick to Magdalen (at) Crosswordman (dot) com. Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post. After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed. The winner gets a puzzle book of our choosing or a contribution in the winner's honor to the Red Cross.

Only 45 correct entries. I'm shocked. Also, no one won...simply because no one actually went that low. Literally: one range left at the low end and none of you thought there'd only be 45 entries.

This week is a LOT easier. Ah, but how much more? Pick a range and see if you can win!

Here are the ranges:
Fewer than 50       
51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050         
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.
Our tie-break rule:   In the event that a single round number is announced with a qualifier such as "about" or "around" (e.g., "We received around 1,200 entries."), the prize will be awarded to the entrant who picked the range including that precise number, e.g., 551 - 600 wins if the announced range is "around 600." We retain the discretion to award the prize to an entrant who picked the adjacent range (e.g., 601-650) if that entrant had not already won a prize. In the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  As of January, 2014, this rule is officially even more complicated than it's ever been, but at least it's consistent with what we actually do..

15 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

651-700 please.

I haven't solved a puzzle in ages. :(

KDW said...

I hadn't solved a puzzle in a while, but I got this one! May I have 701-750, please?

zeke creek said...

801-850, please. 'Twas not of the Anointed 45.

Word Woman said...

Inadvertent, huh?

951-1000 please.

Thanks.

Natasha said...

501-550 please. Very good puzzle today!!

Mendo Jin said...

I would expect most puzzle posers would say "drop those doubled letters."
Will Shortz's phrasing makes for a somewhat more complex challenge.
One or both?

It is another cotton candy puzzle in that if you solve it, you don't really have much.

Word Woman said...

True on both fronts, Mendo Jin ;-). Have you changed your name?

zeke creek said...

Love to claim apathy, but I was genuinely stumped. I went down the fir trail as well as leaves, but totally missed firs.

Word Woman said...

zeke creek, take care when saying "genuinely stumped" in a grove of firs or maples or oaks. . .

Joe Kupe said...

301 to 350 please. Easier, but not much! Hey yo.

Paul said...

751 - 800 RC

Mendo Gin said...

Just after the challenge aired, I got out my 2003 Almanac and turned to 7 or 8 pages of small print double columns of famous entertainers.
Nothing popped up and the thought of looking at any more lists simply was not on.
If 200 + is open, I'll be happy with it.

Word Woman said...

Glad to see you are in good spirits, Mendo Gin.

legolambda said...

M&R,
601-6560, please.

You are “Ginuinely” correct, Mendo, Will’s wording was wishy-washy.
Mend = to restore, repair.
Tonic = one that restores, refreshes
Ergo:
Mendo Jim’s proposed new moniker =
Tonic and Gin.

Ergo Lambda (hic!)

legolambda said...

Make that 601-650, rather, please.
(Just a skosh too much tonic and gin!)