Sunday, June 1, 2014

Well, It's Not Sara Lee...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of a well-known American businessman — first and last names. Put the last name first. Insert an M between the two names. The result names a food item. What is it?
And it's another puzzle to challenge us on HOW to solve it, more than what's the solution. Do you look up famous businessmen? Or do you think about food (always my preferred solution)?

While we're thinking about this, please remember to send in your answer (which "just came" to you on your way to church/brunch/international peace treaty talks) to NPR using their flourishing Contact Us form found here.

Oh. Okay. We have it. I think this needs to be a hint-free comments section, so take those cunning puns over to Blaine's, okay?

And I will get on with showing photos of June, as has been requested by long-time range-picker David. Great idea, David! There are so many to pick from, but I gotta spare poor Mendo Jim, whose dial-up connection can only handle so much...













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 650 correct entries last week, so Paul is our winner. Paul, get in touch to tell us if you'd like a puzzle book (we got 'em to give away) or a gift to the Red Cross. Meanwhile, what do you think about this week's puzzle? Lots of people, or just a trickle?

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..

11 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

451-500 please. Red Cross

As usual, I'm clueless.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll take 351 - 400. I'd say the company is more well-known than the businessman, and several cultivars are more well-known than the food.

Mendo Jim said...

Today's on-air answers were some of the easiest ever, yet Will forced hints to nearly evey one on the very capable contestant.

Then proferred another super-simple challenge.

With the Sunday Puzzle, to paraphrase Forrest Gump, you never know what you're gonna get.

Figuring the variables does not seem to help in guessling the Range. So 3000 + please.

Paul said...

I would be honored if you would present to the Red Cross a gift on my behalf.

675 Let it ride!

I still think the train picture was Mark Spitz.

David said...

Thanks for the pictures. I'll change to with my 951 to 1000 range, since my not a robot "proof" is 978.

Word Woman said...

401-450, please. Thanks.

Ross Beresford said...

Congrats Paul. I made a $10 to the American Red Cross for Disaster Relief in your honor.

jan said...

I'll take 600-650, please.

Barbara H. said...

501 - 550 —How much either is "well-known" was hard to estimate. In my experience the businessman seems not well known.

Paul said...

Thanks, Ross and Magdalen , for your generosity.

Joe Kupe said...

251 - 300. I never heard of the guy so hence needed the support of friends to get this week's answer! And by the way, how much easier are Captchas when they are numeric?! Love it!