Sunday, October 26, 2014

What Would Dr. Frankenstein Order Igor to Do?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a well-known TV actress of the past. Put an R between her first and last names. Then read the result backward. The result will be an order Dr. Frankenstein might give to Igor. Who is the actress, and what is the order?
Now, that's an unexpected puzzle! And we haven't solved it. In fact, I'll admit to having procrastinated A LOT to avoid solving it. Let me get back to you...like on Thursday.

You, of course, have solved it. Want the link to the NPR Contact Us form? Here it is!

We had a request for MOONDANCE as the photo word o' the day. (Want to see the prettiest rights-reserved photo? It's this one of Alsace, France.) Let's see what we get:













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.

Joe Kupe won with 190 entries. And next week? Well, we clearly have NO IDEA. (Yet.)

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..

10 comments:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I got this in no time. But, it's not one that I'd call obvious. Let's try 351 - 400 and see how that works.

Word Woman said...

How about 501-550 this go 'round?

Mendo Jim said...

There were 25 comments and a Range around 1900 the last time this actress was featured (which was the second time for that puzzle).
She certainly did more than TV.

I guess it was Igor himself who ordered "Walk this way."

1000+ seems a nice tranche.

B. Haven said...

1301-1350 range for me, please. Thanks for hosting this game.
Enjoy this week, the end of October and Halloween.

Henry BW said...

So easy that even I, who have heard of very few TV actresses, got it while keeping both thumbs on the steering wheel.
My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

951-1000, please.

legolambda said...

Picking a range lately is proving to be more puzzling than the puzzles themselves!

901-950, please.

And, there are three fresh reasonable puzzling puzzles to be found every Friday at the first link listed (generously by Magdalen and Ross) on this website's "Blogroll."

LegoLambda

Joe Kupe said...

Honored to be this week's winner! Thanks for making a donation in my name to WXXI 1370 AM. We look forward to the puzzle every week and appreciate you hosting the site.

1901 - 1950, maybe lightening will strike twice!

zeke creek said...

1401-1450, please. Frau Blucher. Winnie, Winnie, Pooh.

Paul said...

Thanks for the g-l-o-r-i-o-u-s "moondance" photos.
1101 - 1150, please.