Sunday, September 28, 2014

Old and New Again!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a 10-letter word that names an invention of the early 20th century and includes an A and an O. Remove the A. Then move the O to where the A was, leaving a space where the O was, and you'll name a much more recent invention. What is it?
Ross and I managed to solve this separately. I did it while driving to pick up Mimi, our Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. Ross stayed home.

You've solved it, too, either at home or abroad. Here's the charming and playful Contact Us form supplied by NPR for sending in your answer!

The on-air puzzle (adding a long A sound to various words) struck me as funny. For that reason, slight as it might be, I've picked HURRAY! as the key to the photo section today. Yay!













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.

Henry won LAST week's Pick a Range (there wasn't one this past week, although he'd have won that as well). His prize? A week in Cape Charles with us. (If he'd lost? Two weeks.) (Kidding.) What do YOU think of this week's inventive puzzle? Care to 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..

8 comments:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll call this one a touch easy. 1,351 - 1,400, please.

Joe Kupe said...

Got it! 551 - 600 please, and to all a Good Yontiv!

Word Woman said...

1201-1250, please. Welcome back!

legolambda said...

Yes, Magdalen and Ross, we missed you two. 801-851, please.

I am a little down today. I created a puzzle in July for Puzzleria! that is essentially the same puzzle Will posed on NPR this morning. I likely would have used it within the next month or so. Now I can't use it at all!

I am encouraged, however, that I made up the same puzzle as the excellent and prolific puzzle creator, Henry Hook... although I am sure many others have also noticed this literal similarity between these two inventions.

LegoRugSweptOutFromUnderMe

David said...

1001 to 1050 please (Red Cross).

zeke creek said...

901-950, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Usually others mention memories of the previous use of a puzzle, so maybe mine is faulty on this one.
Having seen it before would account for its ease of solution. Last week's on-vacation puzz was even easier.
I guess the 1451 + range is as good as any.

HenryBW said...

I should have seen that a lot sooner. My usual 1051-1100, please.