Sunday, May 4, 2014

Create Your Own Hidden &Lit (Sort of)

Here's this and next week's NPR Puzzle:
(Please note this is a two-week challenge): Write a clue for a word in the style of today's on-air puzzle, in which the answer has six or more letters. The clue should both define or describe the answer and contain the answer in consecutive letters.
This style of clue is known as a Hidden &Lit (said as "and lit") in cryptic cluing. The answer is hidden in the clue (that's the "hidden" part) and the entire clue tells you the answer (&Lit). Except that in a cryptic clue, there would have to be an indicator of the hidden-ness of the answer.

Before you send in your awesomely witty clue, let's get get some of OUR rules straight. The answer is due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 to the NPR Contact Us Form (found here), so there will be no blog posts this Thursday or next Sunday. Whoo-hoo! Will's vacation means we all get a vacation from the blog! (Don't worry, we'll miss you.)

Here are some nice, short examples of Hidden &Lit clues, and photos of the answers. Match 'em up! (Remember, you can click a photo to see what it's of, and who it's by.)

Daily Planet journalist
Ape candy
Play an instrument
Insane Roman? (from Henry Hook, this one)
Within earshot
Static attractor

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.

Over 450 correct entries last week, a range that no one picked. (I would like to thank those at NPR responsible for giving the answer in the form that works well with our Pick a Range game. I know you're doing that for us, so I'm grateful.)
Double week creative challenges are tough. Still, no reason not to 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..


zeke creek said...

I feel pretty good about fear than 50.

Mendo Jim said...

Could anyone else hear a collective groan about 7:45 AM local time this morning?

First: I assume that "no new blog posts" means that this page will stay open until Thursday a week, not that we can't or shouldn't post.

Second: I think it would be a good idea to finish off the explanation of the challenge, with the standards of judging, etc.

Third: Will has had these before and I cringe at his: "overall elegance in my judgemnt."

Fourth: I would hope he doesn't sit on the submissions as he always has before, thereby never letting his millions of listeners know what they, or at least some of them, were.

Fifth: I may be out of line, but is anyone else a little concerned by zeke creek's recent posts?

Magdalen said...

Yes, MJ, this page will remain open and will welcome all comments (what, like someone's going to hint at the right answer??) until the 15th, when the usual Thursday post will go up.

I'm not worried about Zeke Creek--I just assume he's typing on a tablet. :-)

zeke creek said...

Thanks for your concern. I usually post by voice. That encoupled with horrible eyesight yields 'fear for fewer' as well as other questionable posts. 8-)

Zeke the tablet man

Word Woman said...

Zeke Creek, Tablet Man, thought that meant you had ten aspirin going down (fits the puzzle parameters, but poorly).

51-100 please.

David said...

I personally went for overall inelegance in my submission, hoping for a Horrible Mention. Two weeks makes for 2001 to 2050 entries.

Paul said...

1,001 - 1,050 is the range I thought of over a week ago, and, since it still hasn't been taken, I'll claim it.
For the Red Cross, naturally.

Anonymous said...

Blogger just ate a great post, so I'll make a different one.

There was a puzzle segment on Sunday! I missed it for the first time in a while.

Is there such a word as "clueing?"

Since up to 3 submissions are allowed, there are 2 Range possibilities.
The more likely lower ones are spoken for, so I'll take 151-200 entries from 101-150 entrants.

I have one entry I'll share here on Thursday. I kind of wanted to submit it, but the same goblin must run NPR as Blogger.

No name block to put Mendo Gym

Joe Kupe said...

901 - 950 please. We have four choices and are trying to narrow it to three. And I am the only one who loves the numerical captcha. It is so much easier to use than the letters!