Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pick a Country, Any Country...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of a modern-day country. Add an "A" and rearrange all the letters to name a group of people who used to live in the area of this country. Who are they?
Interesting. That's a new twist to the traditional "take a country" puzzle. Let's see if Ross has solved it... (Not yet.)

You have, you clever thing. Here's your reward: a convenient link to NPR's delicate Contact Us form, so you may send in that answer tout suite.

Paul wants to know if there are any Flickr pictures generated from the word EQUIPOISE. And simply by his asking the question, I now want to know as well!

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.

Ross had 1,500 so he "wins." (I won't tell you what his special prize pack is, although it includes the option to have no prize at all.) I think this week is way harder, so who knows how many will send in an answer?

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..


Paul said...

Thanks for the equipoise pictures. Naturally, I favor the second one, but the fifth is interesting, and who, in his or her right mind, is going to argue against the last one?

I haven't even begun to work on this week's puzzle, so this is just a stab in the dark: 465

Word Woman said...
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Anonymous said...

Based on the low response on the two puzzle blogs (and the fact that I have yet to solve this one), I'll go with Fewer than 50 this week. This one seems unusually challenging...

Henry BW said...

I still don't have an answer, but after touring the Upper Paleolithic, how about "Magdalenian"? (-: No, I won't make you do that as Word of the Week, since I had one quite recently. :-)

Magdalen said...

The non-Creative Commons photos for "equipoise" were even better. Flickr that word for yourselves and you'll see what I mean.

Ross got the answer, btw. (The rotter...)

Word Woman said...

Magdalen, thanks to you I am adding both chuff and rotter to my British slang vocabulary.

Hinting? No hinting?

legolambda said...
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legolambda said...

I'll try 151-200, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Hinting allowed, obviously.

Could "all" really mean "about half?"

Looks to me like Will sort of strumbled on to a decent challenge.

2 for difficulty, 1 or 3 for rigor and 3 for elegance. So a 6 to 18 spread.


Mendo Jim said...


Mendo Jim said...

Pretty damn seldom where my post go.

Anonymous said...

She no fly.


David said...

501 to 550, please Red Cross. I still don't have the answer.

Word Woman said...

Looks like 801-850 is still open. Thanks!

Mendo Jim said...

You no more fit run blog than godsake.

That's all I hope.

zeke creek said...

251-300, please. We rather enjoy your even handedness concerning the Flickr Gram.

KDW said...

I'll try 301-350, please.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest, for the next series of photos, the foliage that many folks heavily associate with the puzzle country, or at least with one region of the country.