Sunday, June 22, 2014

I Don't Think He Meant Loony Bin Institutions...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a 10-letter adjective describing certain institutions. Drop three letters from this word, and the remaining seven letters, reading left to right, will name an institution described by this adjective. What institution is it?
Don't got this one. Working on it. Will let you know. [Edited to add: We have an unsatisfactory but technically correct answer. We'll continue to look for something with a bit more wit and sophistication.]

You, of course, have already solved it. Be sure to send it into to NPR's "Counting House," aka their Contact Us form, found here.

Ross has declared the Word of the Week to be POLLEN. (Hey, just be glad it's not BITING FLIES.)

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.

[Warning: bad pun ahead.] There were almost 850 correct answers, which means B. Haven wins. What Ross and I realized is that we don't know if it's Miz Behavin' or Ain't Miz Behavin'. Either way, B., you've won your choice of a puzzle book or a donation to the Red Cross. And all of us have another chance with this week's institutional puzzle.

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..


Maggie Strasser said...

351-400 please

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about your technically correct answer. Could Short Will really want that one or should I keep looking?

And how about Mr. Non-Rigor himself throwing out the innovative answer "busrides" because he asked for "trip" not "trips?"
Think how different the Puzzle would have been over years if he had a collaborator or at least someone to whisper to him about his new clothes.

Mendo Jim

Anonymous said...

I had an incredibly simple answer that was "technically correct" and "technically incorrect." My difficulty was in understanding the question. Once I ruminated on the meaning of one word in the question, I saw how to revise my answer to make it correct--well, sort of.

So I had an answer that I was sure must be Will's intended answer. But now I'm not so sure--because when I split the ten-letter word into seven and three letters, BOTH named institutions that the adjective describes, and both did so in order. Granted, one of the two is more obvious, but . . . well, I don't know what to think now.

Confused, I'll take 401-450 please. Thanks in advance,


David said...

I'm also at the "Is-that-all-there-
is stage. 1001 to 1050, please.

zeke creek said...

701-750, please.
Ouch, that fifth grader smoked me.
He was in Africa while I was in Icking, Germany skiing.

Alex B. said...

There is definitely a good answer. The question is whether the less good answer(s) will be accepted. I'm guessing "no", so I'll say 51-100.

Word Woman said...

Hope Icking was to your liking, zeke creek.

251-300 is my pick this week.

Magdalen said...

Yeah, Ross got the more obviously intended answer as he was driving around yesterday afternoon. At least we know there's one.

B. Haven said...

Red Cross, please. You are so nice to do this. Thank you.

Mostly it's Ain't Miz Behavin' I admit it to help people remember my name, or my twitter account @bhaven.

I found this week's most likely answer Sunday, but the adjective seems infrequently used. I checked the usage with Google's Ngram Viewer for it with two similar words, but I won't say what they were.

For this week, I take 101-150.

Ross Beresford said...

Congrats B. Haven. $10 is on the way to the Red Cross for Disaster Relief in your honor.

Mendo Jim said...

The wording of the challenge is not clear about wanting a general institution or a specific one. Turns out there is a viable one of each.
Did Dr. S know that going in? Will he tell us?

Apparently he doesn't want the adjective.

There is no reason why 1233 folks won't send in one of the possibilities.

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim,
It's the adjective in the question though that leads to the specific answer methinks. Yes?

B. Haven,
That NGram viewer is a cool tool.

Yes, yes, and yes--your confusion is now shared. (with fusion we can figure it out?)

Mendo Jim said...

The adjective leads to both answers.
In HS math the mantra was "show your work." Just the solution was not enough. Here, just the institution is enough.

Word Woman said...

True dat, Mendo Jim. Though one is more elegant I'd say. But, alluding to Phil's comment above, technicality may or may not figure in to accepted answers. If busrides was not ok with Will, I sense the general answer may also be left curbside.

Mendo Jim said...

When I was younger, say 11 or 12, I thought there was a connection between one of this week's answers and one of two institutions in the midwest.
Shows how busy a boy's mind can be :). Allen Ginsberg would understand.

Now if that hint doesn't send the Range through the roof, nothing will.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna go with Fewer than 50 because, even though most folks know the adjective, I don't think most folks use it. Due to a certain publication on my shelf, I see the word frequently, but use it rarely, if at all.

Joe Kupe said...

151 - 200 please. I think we've got it, and a decent smile too.