Sunday, May 18, 2014

Deja Vu All Over Again

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically. The result will name an ailment. What is it?
According to Ross, this puzzle was used--almost verbatim, tsk tsk--on Sunday January 4, 2009. Ross was blogging back then, so his post (you can look it up; I'll link to it on Thursday) is very rudimentary. I took over blogging about the Sunday NPR Puzzle shortly thereafter.

Anyway, this will gin up numbers for the Pick-a-Range puzzle, so guess big, would be my advice. We have Henry here; he got it in no time, probably because it was super-easy.

So easy that you should enter your answer immediately, using the Official NPR Contact Us With The Same Answer Five Years Later Form, lest you forget for a day or two and then think, "But I already sent that answer in," because you 2009!

I do recommend looking at the Honorable Mentions for last week's puzzle--some of the ones Will didn't use on air are quite fun. My favorite of that bunch: Like N.F.L. linemen or Mouseketeer ears

Photos. I've chosen Beverly Hills for its connection NOT to the actress but to someone else (who is NOT an actress) for a reason you'll see on Thursday. (Trust me, there are no hints here.)

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. All I know about the winning range for this week's puzzle: BIG! Huge! The sky's the limit!!!

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..


legolambda said...

Fellow “fabulous” AESAP posters,

I launched my first blog May 9, a puzzle blog called Puzzleria!.

Puzzleria! will serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday. I am timing it to fill the “down time” between Thursday’s NPR puzzle entry deadline and Sunday’s revelation of the new NPR puzzle.

I welcome your comments, constructive criticisms and suggestions for making Puzzleria! a better blog. If you like my Puzzleria! blog, please follow, participate in, and tell others about it. Thank you.

I will choose 851-900 for this week’s range. Very easy.


Mendo Jim said...

I'll give Wee Willy the benefit of the doubt about his memory and argue that he must be conducting a test of current and previous audiences.
Around the time of his first promulgation this challenge, there were many weeks with 2500 (correct?) submissions with 3000 not rare.

This is just as easy as then, so 2500 is possible. Not sure if that is 2451-2500 or 2501-2750.


Paul said...

I solved it fair and square before consulting the archive. I can't prove that, of course. Maybe I now understand the photo connection, though.
Take your time deciding, Mendo Jim. I'll take 2,751 - 3,000 for the Red Cross. Five for the price of one - not bad.

zeke creek said...

1201-1250, please. I enjoyed all of the very honorable mentions on the broadcast.

Word Woman said...

How about 1501-1550 please.

Mendo Jim said...

Eeeny, meeny, miny, moe.
I guess if Will's foil of the week says 2500, I better have the 2451+ tranche.

Robot numbers! And my Zip Code is in them.

David said...

1001 to 1050, which I guess is a pessimistic answer this week.

Anonymous said...

I'll pick numbers somewhere in the middle of the pack this week: . Since this week's puzzle repeats one from about five years ago, I'm guessing that the entries will go higher than the normal few hundred typical of the recent puzzles, but not nearly has high as the thousands we saw a few years back.

Anonymous said...

I meant to put 1,351 - 1,400 in my entry. My apologies.