Sunday, August 24, 2014

Flown the Coop

Here's this week's Sunday NPR puzzle:
Name a world leader of the 1960s — two words. Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words — that is, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Who is the leader, and what is the song?
I got this in my usual haphazard fashion: I thought of a name, manipulated it and lo! I had the right answer.

NO HINTS! This means "if I think it's a hint, it's out." If you've solved the puzzle, you'll know which hints--a plethora, to be sure--I'm talking about.

But do, by all means, submit your answer using the NPR Contact Us form I've cleverly linked to right here.

If I use "Cooperstown" as the word for this week, I get a lot (A LOT) of bronze plaques from the Baseball Hall of Fame. So I've used Otsego (the name of the lake, and the county, associated with Cooperstown) instead. (There are some gorgeous, non-baseball-specific, Cooperstown photos on Flickr that I can't use because they're not Creative Commons. Please go look at them by clicking on this link.)

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.
Linda Wertheimer (I love her voice; click to see what she looks like) got real specific: 1,000 entries for the Sam Loyd puzzle, and no one picked that. Interesting to hear how many people send in entries for today's 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..


Mendo Jim said...

I got this quickly and was preparing for a fight about half of the clue, but the PM got it right.
Let's see if that makes it past Magdalen's Hint-O-Meter.

Maggie Strasser said...

I think I also solved it.

351-400 please.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who gets nervous about leaving an inadvertent clue when posting here? At any rate, I've come up with the solution and can certify this post as clue-free. With that said, I'll take 851-900 please.


HenryBW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please. (Should that go in as a blue entry, because I solved the puzzle before leaving?)

Anonymous said...

51 - 100, please. I'm not sure anyone younger than me - i.e. younger than the very rocks themselves - would remember this very capable leader.

zeke creek said...

Kudos to my father on this one. The acceptionally honorable one solved it in 15 minutes. 401-450, please.

zeke creek said...

Please pardon my bad grammar, Sato san. That would be, 'exceptional'

David said...

I think low this week, 501-550, Blue Cross.

Joe Kupe said...

This one took a while but I got it. I actually enjoy the song but found the leader first and backed into the song. I will admit I did not know the leader and the song may not be well known to all. Great challenge! One to fifty-one please. Yeah, that low, this was tough!

B. Haven said...

701-750 for a range, please.
I got it, put it aside, submitted it, and now look forward to a holiday weekend. No hints here.

You all enjoy your Labor Day weekend if you live in parts of the world where Monday is a holiday.

B. Haven said...

Joe, that's low, but Increases the chance that one of us is called. It would be funny if the readers of this blog were ten percent or more of the correct answers.

KDW said...

I'll try 101-150, please.

Kathy in the Southern Tier