Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ready. Aim. ADD!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target.
I find it odd that there's no "using the fewest arrows" clause to this puzzle. Anyway, we have an answer. Or, to give credit where credit is due, Henry has an answer. He's visiting us for the weekend.

And because you went to elementary school and can add, you also have an answer, which is my cue to offer you this link to NPR's Contact Us page so that you can mostly easily send in your answer!

As I mentioned, Henry's here. I asked him for the Photo Section word, and he gave me URDE (also URDY and URDEE) which in heraldry means pointed. Even with all three spellings I couldn't get six photos, so I added URDU. Henry likes his little jokes.

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 totally called last week. He said on Wednesday, "What was the winning range from last week because that's what I want this week." 350 won both weeks, so good call Ross. Unfortunately, B. Haven had the same great idea, so B. Haven's choice on Thursday pipped Ross's. B., let us know if you want a book, or a gift to the Red Cross or your NPR station.

And now the question is: how big a range do you all want this 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..


Joe Kupe said...

Easy, Cheesy, Lemon Squeezy. 1501 - 1550 please.

Word Woman said...

I imagine this one was far more interesting and fun to create than to solve. Still, it's a summer week so I'll select 1201-1250.

Maggie Strasser said...

1351-1400 please.

WAMC should I win.

Anonymous said...

Arrows! Damn.
I wish I'd thought of that before waking up the neighborhood with my AK.
The jet-setting PM understated the ease of this challenge.
2101+ please.

Anon Mendo Jim

Anonymous said...

Maggie beat me to the range I was going to pick. No worries; I'll go with 1,301 - 1,350.

legolambda said...

I undershot just a bit with my 251-300 guess last week, losing out (again) to that sure-shootin'-range-worthy sharpshooter B. Haven.

Hope I am more on target this week, with my 701-750 guess, still factoring in the summertime doldrums/blues/vacations to keep the numbers lower than it should be.


Anonymous said...

I came up with an answer fairly quickly, but Magdalen's comment now makes me question the appropriateness of my answer. It is simple to prove that my answer uses the greatest possible number of arrows, darts, or bursts from Mendo Jim's hardware, but to prove that fewer of these projectiles can work is something I have not been able to do. I suspect, but have not proved, that there is only one solution.

I'll take 851-900 please.


For fun, I tried scrolling through the "prove you're not a robot" numbers to see whether any would provide the answer. The first one came close, but nothing gave the actual answer.

B Haven said...

251 - 300, please.

One solution i hope,so now I leave to meet the demands of the day.

Alex B. said...

Only the rings were mentioned with the bulls-eye left out. It is clearly worth 100 so that must be the answer.

Also, obligatory xkcd reference

KDW said...

Magdalen, I think I should have gotten back to you
a couple of weeks ago to designate where my [earlier] winning 350 guess donation should go. To my local station, please (WSKG)--thanks!

Kathy in the Southern Tier (aka KDW)

David said...

Only 1 answer, 1001 to 1050, Red Cross.

zeke creek said...

Picking 801-850, mate.

KDW said...

I'll try 1551-1600, please.

Kathy in the Southern Tier (aka KDW)

B. Haven said...

Red Cross, please. I didn't intend to ignore the selection of where to send last week's range prize. I enjoy playing "Pick a range" for the fun of it and have NO inside information.

I hope one of us is called from all the correct answers, not many in my mind. I already guessed a low range based on this week's puzzle using numbers, not letters or words.

Marie said...

1951, thanks!