Sunday, July 13, 2014

Will's Well-Cooked Sunday Puzzle

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a popular TV show about cooking. I guarantee it's a show everyone has heard of. Remove the second and third letters of the first word and insert them after the first letter of the second word. You'll get a phrase for a different kind of cooking. What is it?
Have you cooked up an answer? We have. Yup, you guessed it:
A NO-HINTS PUZZLE
You remember the rules: if I detect a clue or hint in your comment, it'll get pulled. Go to Blaine's blog for that sort of thing.

But first! Go to NPR's Contact Us page, which will serve the answer you cooked up.

I love Flickr. I typed in "cooking" as the word du jour, and got lots of photos of New Zealand (Mt. Cook) and the Cook Islands. Guaranteed not to make you hungry, although you might want to find your passport!













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.

Interestingly, I predicted last Sunday that we'd be talking about a range near 2,000. I wasn't far off--"around 1,900 entries" according to Arun, our fill-in host. (Anyone else wonder what these people look like? Here's Arun's NPR page.) Nevertheless, I and most everyone else guessed too low, so no winner. This week's puzzle isn't quite so immediately obvious. Go ahead, pick a range.

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..

21 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

951-1000 please.

Marie said...

501-550 please and thank you.

Word Woman said...

I will go with 901-950 please. WW

Mendo Jim said...

Does anyone else think that Dr. S might wish he had said "almost" guarantee?
I have to admit calling a few more than usually out-of-touch friends. Never having heard of the TV show is not going to be that rare.

And I have to appreciate the sunny attitude of Arun, who said "nice" in different situations about a dozen times.

And poor old Magda didn't make the cut.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm surprised by the range guesses so far. I'll take 101-150 please.

Phil

David said...

1001 to 1050, Red Cross, please.

zeke creek said...

401-450, please. Choosing not to have a tv puts me at a disadvantage for some puzzles, but phone googling levels the playing field.

B. Haven said...

2,501 - 2,750 please.

Loads of people are going to get this, so I'm selecting up where the ranges are larger. Not sure if they will send in the NPR form. Happy July.

jan said...
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jan said...

I think a lot of people are going to give up after staring at a list of cooking shows. 351-400, please

curtisjohnsonimages said...

The first rule of Crosswordmanblog is no hinting in the blog. The second rule of Crosswordmanblog is see the first rule. I'm with Phil on the low end of the range. I'll take 51 - 100.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm amazed by the range of guesses here. Welcome to the low end, Curtis.

As for hints, I agree with Curtis on that point too, but I would add a third rule: the good guest respects the hosts' wishes.

On a separate note, the answer to the puzzle I posted last week (a failed attempt at glory on NPR) is 142857. As at least one person recognized, these digits repeat in the decimal expansion of 1/7. So multiplying by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 simply gives another fraction (2/7, etc.).

Here's one more puzzle I submitted. This one was my first submission, and I have to confess that I think WS was right to reject it. Still, here it is.

Think of a country. Change the fifth letter to an A and rearrange the letters to NAME (hi, Mendo Jim) a container frequently associated with a product from this country.

I can't be sure of the exact wording I used, but this is pretty close.

Phil

Mendo Jim said...

I'll take 801-850, please.

A couple of notes about prizes:
I think I remember when the Ross and Magdalen Charitable Trust offered a choice of donation recipients.
I have been put off by the Red Cross's refusal to account for the over $300 million it received for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, claiming it would hurt its "competitiveness."
I am not convinced and would like to suggest your adding an alternative organization.

Second, I must have missed when the NPR Puzzler changed its prizes from (besides the Pin) a bunch of junior high publications to a serious, useful and pricy lineup.
Former attendee Sky Dive Boy used to say that he only entered for the dictionary.
Well, it's back and more. If more listeners knew this, then perhaps more would enter.

Paul said...

I'll side with B. Haven; consume mass quantities! 2,751 - 3,000 please.

legolambda said...

I'll please take 301-350 if it is not yet taken. Thank you.

legolambda said...
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Mendo Jim said...

My comment got deleted.

Magdalen said...

Here's what Mendo Jim said (Ross is going to try to release his comment from spam, if in fact that's where it's gone. We didn't delete it, that's for sure.)

>>I'll take 801-850, please.

A couple of notes about prizes:
I think I remember when the Ross and Magdalen Charitable Trust offered a choice of donation recipients.
I have been put off by the Red Cross's refusal to account for the over $300 million it received for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, claiming it would hurt its "competitiveness."
I am not convinced and would like to suggest your adding an alternative organization.

Second, I must have missed when the NPR Puzzler changed its prizes from (besides the Pin) a bunch of junior high publications to a serious, useful and pricy lineup.
Former attendee Sky Dive Boy used to say that he only entered for the dictionary.
Well, it's back and more. If more listeners knew this, then perhaps more would enter.<<

I have two comments to make about the American Red Cross. First, I do not disagree that as an organization they are not particularly efficient in their use of funds. I am willing to believe that far too much of every dollar donated goes to "administrative" costs, and not the the people who need the money.

I also believe that the Red Cross are the people who take care of regular people affected by small scale disaster. We live between towns, Harford and Kingsley. Harford has fewer than 700 people in it; Kingsley is even tinier.

Last Tuesday, an F-1 tornado touched down in Kingsley. No one was hurt, but everyone lived without power for at least two days, and life was disrupted for longer than that. The Red Cross set up a cooling center so every one could get fresh drinking water, ice, etc.

In other words, the Red Cross shows up when people like us are displaced or affected by natural disaster.

Here, then, is the official Crosswordman Blog position on this:

We'd be happy to make available an alternative to the Red Cross as a charity. (I'm rather pleased that there hasn't been a large-scale disaster recently to suggest a more topical charity.) All we ask is that it not be too regional, religious, or political in nature.

By all means suggest one or more alternatives!

Joe Kupe said...

601 - 650 please. I got this on my 5.1 mile run last night. I needed the time to work it out as I have heard of the show but have never seen it.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

My personal experience with the Red Cross revolves around an apartment fire back in '96. I lived on in a third-floor unit, and the second-floor unit below mine burned while I was at my night shift job. My unit had substantial damage to one room (the unit that caught fire was a total loss). Within an hour or two of coming home from work, a Red Cross rep came to my door to offer assistance. Fortunately, things weren't so bad for me that I needed help, but they did check in on me.

The funny thing about it was that it was one of a few minor disasters that happened to me within a couple months of meeting the woman I eventually married. In the same time period, my car got technically totaled by hail (I decided to keep it with the body damage), and then promptly got really totaled by a hit-and-run driver.

Back to the charity issue - if you want to check out an organization, take a look at Charity Navigator: http://www.charitynavigator.org. They rate Red Cross at 3 out of 4 stars. Maybe there's a 4 out of 4 charity out there.

Joe Kupe said...

It's past 3:00 pm eastern and I wanted to include this in my post but was afraid it might be a clue! Appears Will is a Seinfeld fan but not an anti-dentite!