Sunday, August 31, 2014

Before and After Solving

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a word that means "to come before." Replace its last letter with two new letters to get "someone who comes after you." These two words are unrelated etymologically. What words are they?
Hmmm. The first word I thought of didn't work. Time to hand it off to Ross. Ah, okay, we have an answer. I don't think anyone will be confused about what constitutes hinting in this one.

You didn't need to hand it off to anyone--or, perhaps, someone handed it off to you. In any case, you've solved it and need only send the answers in. For you, my friend, I present the NPR Contact Us form for just that purpose.

I used BEFORE as the word o' the day. Lots of "before and after" shots, but I resisted all but one. Enjoy!














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 choice: they can receive a puzzle book of our choosing or they can ask that a charitable contribution is made in the winner's honor. As of this week, we are providing an alternative to the Red Cross. If the winner wishes, we will make a contribution to his/her NPR station. Send us the call letters and we'll do the rest.

Four hundred was the magic number, which means Maggie Strasser wins. What's YOUR guess for next week?

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..

14 comments:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I have one word about this week's puzzle: way too easy. Okay, so I can't count; that was five words. I'll take 1,351 - 1,400. In the old days, I'd take a higher range with this one, but the puzzle just doesn't get the same response that it did a few years ago.

Word Woman said...

Ah, for postcard day numbers, eh, Curtis? 951-1000, thanks.

zeke creek said...

Perhaps the numbers wil swell now that it id kniwn a person can play on-sirmoe than once. After all there are a select few that get amped up for this sort of thing. Once eliminated, so to speak, they probably weren't advertising the show. Just saying...1201-1250, please.

zeke creek said...

Pardon my spelling. Sirmoe is air more. wil is will. id is is. kniwn is known. Getting old rocks!
Eagle eye zeke :-)

Mendo Jim said...

Yep, another solve-the-puzzle-get-out-of-bed Sunday morning.
Makes me think of a play on a book title: "Tuesdays with Barry."
801+ is due.

Maggie Strasser said...

May I have a donation made to WAMC (Albany NY) please? Thank You!!

legolambda said...

I will choose 651-700 please.
Easy, but not that easy. Thank you
LegoneRanger

B. Haven said...

Happy Labor Day. I'll pick 1,651 - 1,700, and get ready to get back to work Tuesday. Hope you all had a good weekend.

B. Haven said...

Oops, now I realize the comments' times are in another time zone. It's Tuesday already on this blog.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Maggie! I just made a $10 donation to WAMC in your honor.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. Red Cross, please.

I agree with the other posters, several years ago there would regularly be more than 2000 responses for some of the puzzles.

Paul said...

501 - 550 still free?
Well, for heaven's sake, then!

Joe Kupe said...

1,251 - 1,300 please! Not as hard as last week, that is for sure!

Marie said...

1051, please and thank you!