Sunday, October 5, 2014

On the Cusp of OTC

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the first four letters of a brand of toothpaste plus the last five letters of an over-the-counter medicine, and together, in order, the result will name a popular beverage. What is it?
Ross got it using common sense. (What a cheater!) As you'll see in a minute, he also won the Pick a Range for last week, so we're officially annoyed at Ross. (Not really.)

You've also gotten it immediately, and need only a link to the shy and retiring Contact Us form that NPR supplies for submitting your answer.

I asked Ross what the word of the day should be. "Amnesia." I check, and there's a strip club by that name, so all the photos...well, you get the idea. "Mnemonic," is Ross's back up plan. Now I get lots of pictures of a band by that name, and also, weirdly, Keanu Reeves in (I assume) The Matrix. Ross's third pick is the charm: PARABOLA

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 won with "1300" as the magic number. This week may be just as easy. What do YOU think?

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..


Word Woman said...

Natch! Close (on both ends) but no cigar. I'd like 1501-1550 this week please.

For next Photo Stream: Tour des 300 Metres.

Maggie Strasser said...

1351-1400 please

Joe Kupe said...

I solved it on my ten miler this morning, within the first two miles. That being said I am going with 1451 -1500. And my first marathon is just two weeks away! Unfortunately it starts before the puzzle airs so I will have to be concentrating on other thoughts!

Anonymous said...

As far as I can see, there is no good reason to offer such a simple Sunday Puzzle.

Mendo Jim

Anonymous said...

Maggie beat me to my preferred range (I think that's happened in previous weeks). I'll take 1,301 - 1,350.

David said...

Easier than last week, 2001 to 2050 please.

Joe, which marathon are you running? Have a good race.

Joe Kupe said...

Empire State Marathon in Syracuse, NY! Let the taper begin!

legolambda said...

I’ll try 1251-1300 this week, please.

Joe K., I too hope you have a marvelous marathon experience in the Empire State Marathon Experience (ESME… “For Esme – with Love and Squalor” by J.D. Salinger.) In my first and only marathon (Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. Minnesota, 1986), I had hoped to average 7-minute miles and finish in about three hours or so. I finished in 3:40. I could not move my body the following day! Hope you’re in better shape, Joe.

I agree with Mendo Jim. This puzzle is way to easy. Perhaps Dr. Shortz wants to highlight the great number of listeners and puzzle participants he has built up over on NPR. If so, can’t begrudge him that.

Over at Puzzleria! this week, my first puzzle I posted has a “family theme.” It is easy, but tougher, IMO, than Will’s puzzle this week. The second puzzle is about jogging (Joe K.!) and the military. And the third is a pretty tough puzzle about college football…

For those who have solved Will’s puzzle and want more challenges.


David said...

Joe, also let the carbo loading begin.

Joe Kupe said...

Tons of carbs, and loving the taper! I will check out the puzzle over at Puzzleria.

zeke creek said...

1201-1250, please. I will be running the dishwasher this week.

B. Haven said...

ALmost missed it. 1601-1650 please. I think everything in this puzzle advertises, so that the name are widely known.

B. Haven said...

meant, the brand names are widely known.