Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wowie Zowie, Indeed!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name part of a TV that contains the letter C. Replace the C with the name of a book of the Old Testament, keeping all the letters in order. The result will name a sailing vessel of old. What is it?
Well, here are three lists I'm not intimately familiar with. My knowledge of the books of the OT comes from Frederic March's speech as Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind, the play/movie about the Scopes Monkey Trial. (My dad played Brady in a local production, so I got to hear that speech more than once.)
As for what's in a television set, well, what year are we talking? A modern TV, which is a screen and precious little else? Or a behemoth piece of furniture, complete with rabbit ears, from my childhood?

And then we have the sailing ship of old. A type of ship? A specific ship? One with a name? A name we've all heard of?

When you're worked it out (we have, for what that's worth), send your answer in to NPR using the buoyant and seaworthy Contact Us form here.

Word Woman asked for "PEACH" as the word du Flickr. Here you go, WW--I love these!

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.

Almost 500 correct entries last week, so Maggie Strasser won. (That was the range Ross wanted, but I told him you'd picked it first. He's a bit annoyed he didn't "win." He'll get over it.) Maggie, tell us if you'd like a puzzle book or a gift to the Red Cross. 
And once more on board for another exciting adventure on the Pick A Range seas!

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...

Red Cross for last week, please.
(Sorry, Ross)

I'll go with 501-550 for this week.

Anonymous said...

I don't think many will like my solution to the puzzle, so I'll go with 101-150.


Word Woman said...

Thanks for the peachy keen pictures, Magdalen.

I will also go low like you, Phil. Barring a turkey sandwich incident, 51-100 ought to do it.

David said...

151 to 200, Red Cross please.

legolambda said...

I'll take 201-250, please. Will is on a roll of pretty good puzzles.


Ross Beresford said...

I just gave $10 to the Red Cross for Disaster Relief in your honor Maggie. Good guess by the way!

Mendo Jim said...

Thinking of Short Willie's clock, I turned the ship upside down and drowned a bunch of sailors.
About five minutes last week to stumped this.
Blaine's hint leads to Argo, which with a "c" leads to cargo. Which leads nowhere.
I am going to be pretty ticked if the answer is not a kind of or a specific "vessel" with the whole name of an Old Testament book in it.
And red-faced if it is.
Under 50 is the only reasonable Range not taken.

Mendo J1m said...

OK, five minutes after the above comment, 1 got what 1 assume is Phil's answer and don't like it any better than he does.

Word Woman said...

1derful, Mendo J1m.

Anonymous said...

Mendo Jim, I don't know whether our answers are the same. I figured all TV sets have a screen. I replaced the c with the very little-known book of Ubma (I believe Ubma lived next door to Habakkuk) to get my sailing vessel. Sure, I lose points on spelling, biblical knowledge, and certainly in the mechanics of sailing, but I did say that I didn't think people would like my answer.

I would confirm or deny your assumption that we have the same answer, but I don't want to drop anything resembling a hint. But I do know whether our answers are the same.

I honestly hope that doesn't give too much away.

Phil (who discovered the joy of entering "tilt," "askew," and "do a barrel roll" on Google this week and therefore isn't too worried about the puzzle)

Paul said...

251 - 300, please.

You may have done yourself in this time, MJ.

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks, Paul, that gives me something to look forward to on Thursday.
And if so, "this" time will not be the first time.

Paul said...

Mendo Jim:
Thursday? I was thinking of Sunday.

zeke creek said...

401-450, s'il vous plait.
Zeke 'os secs' creek

Anonymous said...

Finally got the answer. Yes, it's a little tricky. Since the lower numbers are taken, I'll take 351 - 400.

Marie said...

451 please and thank you!