Sunday, September 14, 2014

The "Cape Charles, Virginia" Edition

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
If you punch 0-1-4-0 into a calculator, and turn it upside-down, you get the state OHIO. What numbers can you punch in a calculator, and turn upside-down, to get a state capital, a country and a country's capital?
We've gotten two of the three. Well, Ross has. I'm writing the blog. (Hey, it's important too, you know.) Nope, he's got all three. Based on that, I'd say it's not a hard puzzle.

You know this for yourself, as you've already solved it and merely need me to provide this link to NPR's special Back-to-School Contact Us form to send all three answers in.

Ross and I are going to take NEXT WEEK off. I'll do Thursday's blog as usual, but next Sunday's puzzle is left as an exercise for the reader. (That's you.)

That's because we're going here:













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.

B. Haven wins again (Ross: "Not again?") (he was kidding, promise) with 270. Definitely more for next week. But...how much more? Pick. We'll announce the winner on Sunday, 9/28.

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..

13 comments:

Joe Kupe said...

Did a 12 miler today and I got one of the three. Will keep at it!

Anonymous said...

When I enter 0-1-4-0, as the PM says to do, the best I get is my calculator's cheerful greeting: "O, hi."

Otherwise another snap.

Will did say couple of weeks ago that he doesn't bother to try submitted puzzles himself.

Mendo Jim without name box

B. Haven said...


For this week, I pick 1451- 1500.

Thanks, Ross and Magdalen, for maintaining this wonderful pick-a -range game. For last week's low 270 that happened to fall in the range I picked, I'll leave it to you to set a limit to prizes. That could make your fine print even more complicated. If not, Sacramento's KXJZ, please.

Happy Sunday, all. I got this week's. Maybe many people will submit correct answers. Upside down calculator displays seem easier than words like twirl to whirl.

Anonymous said...

Interesting (but easy) puzzle, I think. On most current calculators, I bet, a 4 upside down doesn't work because it looks the way it does here. But those of us of a certain age may recall learning to say 0.7734, 14, and so forth. Those of use who were less friendly probably told some people to 7734206.

So I think this puzzle is better solved in 1980 than 2014. On current calculators, if you want the name of a country, you just type it. (No need to turn the calculator upside down.)

As for your comment, Mendo Jim, don't hit enter after you type in 0140.

Phil

Mendo Jim said...

There was an even earlier calculator format that made trouble for a Sunday Puzzle several years ago and doesn't do much for this one either.

I didn't hit "enter." Unless you use some kind of precursor, such as a decimal point, the first 0 won't appear at all on my calculators.

hENRY bw said...

After working through the lists in the back of the almanac, I am slightly surprised to have exactly one answer in each of the three categories.
My usual 1,051-1,100, please. Or should that be OOI'I-ISO'I?

David said...

1001 to 1050, please, Red Cross.

legolambda said...

951-1,000, please. Thanks.
Kinda easy.
I'm kinda down, mourning the loss of my sweet tabby cat, Noosie aka Nuisance.

Lego...

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I solved this one early, and almost forgot to post here. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400, please.

Ross Beresford said...

Congrats B. Haven. I just made a $10 donation to KXJZ (obviously going for the highest scrabble score there) in your honor and in memory of Noosie. Hope you feel better soon Lego.

Paul said...

3553
Even though it's an easy puzzle, I don'treally expect the numbers to go that high. It's just an excuse to see what Flickr has to offer in terms of ESSE without having to search it myself.

legolambda said...

Thanks very much, Ross, for your kind sentiments.
I posted some photos of Noosie on this week’s Puzzleria! if anyone wants to see the finest feline (now) on the face of the Heavens.
(I smiled aloud when I read your clever KXJZ-Scrabble quip, and my smiles have been few this past week. Thanks.)

LegoSmilesAllowed

Joe Kupe said...

We got all three, but feel one of the letters is kind of a stretch at best! 651 - 700 please, thanks!