Sunday, November 30, 2014

Roundabout Midnight

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Bertrand Tavernier is a French director of such movies as Life and Nothing But and It All Starts Today. What amazing wordplay property does the name Bertrand Tavernier have? This sounds like an open-ended question, but when you have the right answer, you'll have no doubt about it.
What fun. Ross solved it. It's a no-hints sort of puzzle, so please watch what you say in the comments. The management thanks you in advance for your discretion.

Where you can write the answer out in full is on this NPR Contact Us  form, designed specifically for just that purpose.

As Henry is our guest for the Thanksgiving weekend, I asked him if he'd like anything specific for the Photo section. His initial response: "Oh heck." Here, then, are the best of the "Oh heck" photos:

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.

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Only 240 entries for the Baltimore Artmobile. Ross won. Remember to get your range pick in before Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in order to be entered for the contest. And NO HINTING this week.

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..


Maggie Strasser said...

351-400 please

Maggie Strasser said...

and that 2nd photo, the ship on the rocks.....OH HECK!

Mendo Jim said...

We have an answer that is kind of interesting, but falls short of amazing.
Have some pieces left over, too.

David said...

As WS said, you will know when you have the answer. 1001 to 1050, please.

legolambda said...

301-350, please. Like Mendo Jim, I have a sub-amazing answer. I have doubts about it so, according to Dr. Shortz's puzzle wording, it must not be the correct answer. So, I'm still searching. Oh, Heck!


Word Woman said...

451-500, s'il vous plaît.

Seth said...

On the radio, Will said that when you have the answer you'll know, and it's something even a child will understand. Mendo Jim and legolambda, does that make or break your answers?

legolambda said...

It makes mine, but the answer still does not rise to the level of "amazing wordplay," as I conceive of that phrase. The word "amazing" raises expectations to stratospheric levels. Mendo Jim said it best: "kind of interesting, but (falling) short of amazing."

So, close but no cigar... or lapel pin.

LegoMaizing (still basking in Thanksgiving's afterglow)

Anonymous said...

I have to confess that I'm clueless this week. My answer is hardly a good one--not even remotely close to amazing. And taking the PM at his word, I have something and don't know that it's right; ergo, it's not.

I'll try 51-100, which I believe is still available.


Curtis said...

201 - 250, vänligen. (Yes, that is a word. Just not an English word).

David said...

I would say that "cute" is a better description than "amazing". Don't over think.

Paul said...

101 - 150, please; and you can't chide me for hinting. Sweet!

Joe Kupe said...

151 - 200 please. We have two answers. One that relates to what Will said on the air and another separate answer. Interestingly Will's added youth clue was not on the short version of the question at the NPR site, but we are going with his on air clue answer. His pronunciation we thought too was his clue for the other answer. His on air clue though we deemed stronger. Curious to see if he acknowledges both.