Sunday, September 7, 2014

We're Thinking of Twords Today

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a word starting with T. Drop the T, and phonetically you'll get a new word that's a synonym of the first one. What words are these?
Not sure how I want to solve this one. My first thought, TWERKING & WORKING, is clearly wrong. Moving on...

Edited to add: I solved it. I will merely say of my process that lists of words were involved.

Here's the fabulous NPR Contact Us form, just back from Fashion Week in NYC, for you to use sending in your answer.

I asked Ross what the Photo Word of the Day was, and he opted for "Circumference."












This is a "yarnbombing" installation on the Andy Warhol bridge in Pittsburgh.

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.

Nine hundred this week and nobody won. I'm sensing this week is hard, so everyone's going to guess low?

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..

11 comments:

David said...

1001 to 1050 please, Red Cross. My word list was mental.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I agree that this one is moderately hard. But not so hard that I would still struggle with it up to Thursday morning. I found one fairly basic pair words that work for the puzzle, and confirmed that the words are synonymous. I'll go with 351 - 400, which might end up a little low.

Word Woman said...

651-700, please, and "playa" photos for the next image set would be plum perfect.

Saltily,
WW

Paul said...

Well, I've never seen it spelled that way before!

151 - 200, Red Cross, please.

legolambda said...

I'll try 301-350, please, and order a ham on wry with a bottle of rye. Thank you.
Lego...

Anonymous said...

I made a list of possibilities as I mulled this over.
Most of them fell short in the definition department.
The second half of the pair I think is the wanted one seems a little iffy in pronunciation.
800+ of you please.

Anon Mendo Jim

Joe Kupe said...

We have two no so good answers, but one that is the answer! 551 - 600 please!

Mendo Jim said...

There is a great "playa" phenomenon at Death Valley.
Anything like that at B Man?

Word Woman said...

Yes, MJ, I believe the same phenom goes on at the Burning Man Playa:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_stones

We talked about it a week or two ago at PEOTS. . .

Mendo Jim said...

WW: Couldn't make above refs show SS's at Black Rock.

B. Haven said...

251-300, please. I got it but think correct answers will be low this week.