Sunday, November 23, 2014

Coming to a Town Near You?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
The letters in the name of a major American city can be rearranged to spell a traveling cultural museum. What is it? Each name is a single word, and the city's population is more than a half million.
According to Ross, there are only around 40 cities of that size, and even fewer if you keep it to one-word names. Go forth and anagram! (That's what Ross is doing while I do this.) Edited to add: Henry solved this one, so extra stuffing for him on Thursday!

And then send your answer in early, EARLY, I said, to this NPR Contact Us form. Wednesday is the deadline.


Paul wanted SUNSHOWER. You got it. I hope you like what I picked...













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.

Around 450 entries for the Belarus rubles. I came close but didn't win. This week--well, it would help if we knew what the answer is, right? (Please note, it is now possible to pick "zero and fewer" as a range.)

Here are the ranges:
Zero and fewer
  1 - 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..

14 comments:

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Curtis said...

351 - 400, please. This is my fourth try at making an entry using two different browsers. For some reason, my Wordpress account no longer works here.

Word Woman said...

Not too difficult, but it's a holiday week. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Thanksblogging!

401-450 please.

Maggie Strasser said...

601-650 please.

Happy Thanksgiving & happy overtime for those of us who have to work.

Mendo Jim said...

Hmm. Brings to mind college v. Colgate.
Did find Indianapolis and Inlaid Pianos, which I like.

B. Haven said...

Happy Thanksgiving week. For the NPR Sunday puzzle during the past six months the correct answers received are in an interactive graph here.
I wanted to post this before this week's range picks started, but I couldn't beat the early birds here.

legolambda said...

Simply breathtakingly beautiful Sunshower pictures, Magdalen, and a great suggestion too, Paul.

I will try 451-500 this week, please.

Thanksgiving joy to all! There is a big-time Thanksgiving theme over at Puzzleria! this week. I love this holiday! Thank you, Magdalen and Ross, and all the bloggers who follow this wonderful
website.

LegoDrumstick

Unknown said...

Can I choose 151-200 please? - Margaret G

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Mendo Jim said...

I finally got this turkey after a bunch of time I wish I hadn't wasted.

zeke creek said...

701-750, please. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Jay said...

There will be a rural Pennsylvanian on the show this Sunday! Got a call at 3:05 today, and I won't even be at home as my wife and I will be exhibiting at a (free) art and craft show at Skytop Lodge (Sat. 10-5; Sun. 10-3.) Perhaps we will see some of you! jay@paulukonisstudio.com

guess 501-550

jan said...

Congrats, Jay! Fitting that this week's lapel pin goes to a mobile artist!

Jay said...

Sorry I didn't think of that! Had a few problems connecting but it was a "blast." Must admit my guess was wrong!