Sunday, November 9, 2014

Waiter, There's a Loaf in my Dior!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a well-known clothing company. Move each of its letters three spaces earlier in the alphabet and rearrange the result. You'll name something you don't want in an article of clothing. What is it?
This shouldn't be too hard... (Famous last words, right?) Ah, okay, Ross has solved it.

Here's where to send your right answer: NPR's delicious-with-a-crisp-chardonnay Contact Us form.

A few short words about last week's puzzle... HAH! TOLD YOU SO!

More to the point, does anyone know if that on-air contestant was Skydiveboy?

Three photos for FLUMMOX and three for MYSTERY:

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.

Fifty entries, so our beloved curmudgeon, Mendo Jim, won. This week should be easier, so more ranges to pick from.

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...

Oh, let's go with CURMUDGEON for the next picture word. Surely Mendo Jim is not the only one. . .

851-900 is my selection this week.

Maggie Strasser said...

Back from "vacation".
Half the time was relaxing, the other half was spent with a friend who ended up being the most miserable person in Disneyland.

351-400 please.

Paul said...

751 - 800, please.

Word Woman said...

Maggie, your friend was probably working too hard on last week's Roman Numeral puzzle. It could make anyone grumpy.

Word Woman said...

Paul, I've never known you to tie one on before. . .

Anonymous said...

651 - 700, please and thank you.

Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

I know the answer to your question about the Skydive Guy, but I think he should respond humself.
The on-air player made me wonder if there is a difference between falling and jumping out of airplanes.

Last week's affair leaves three questions:
What the heck did "without repeating oneself" have to do with anything?
Does Will still think these are the "only" times?
And does he really think the low number of responses was due to the challengee's toughness rather than its crappiness?

I think I will sit this week's pointless puzzle out.

Anonymous said...

Mendo Jim et al.,

It does appear that I was wrong in giving WS the benefit of the doubt on the clock puzzle.

My guess is that he thought it was easy because he didn't pay attention to the wording. He didn't pay attention to the wording on the classroom puzzle either. (He rejected 4 as an answer even though he never specified that the class must be "regular," only that the classroom must be.) Since he's said that he often looks at the answers first, he probably overlooked the flat-out error in the wording of the puzzle.

WW, if your label of "curmudgeon" for Mendo Jim indicates a judgment, I disagree. He was right, and the puzzle was awful. On the other hand, I like the term "curmudgeon" and like curmudgeons, so more power to him.


Word Woman said...

Phil, no judgment meant. It was a TERRIBLE puzzle. TERRIBLE, William.

I was riffing off Magdalen's CURMUDGEON comment about Mendo Jim. I truly like the word CURMUDGEON and am enjoying the opportunity to write it more than once. There are other CURMUDGEONS among us, would you agree?

Word Woman said...

A short-tempered history of the CURMUDGEON (one more time ;-))

Paul said...

OK, it was TERRIBLE, or it was terrible, but it wasn't TERRIBLE.

And Jim's a curmudgeon.

David said...

1001 to 1050. There won't be that many, but I am stubborn.

Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

Curmudgeonliness in the defense of better puzzles in no vice.
Moderation in that pursuit is no virtue.
Or something like that.

Paul said...


Please! I implore you! "Do not" go nucular on us!

B. Haven said...

501-550, please. This week's puzzle is o.k., but not delightful.

Last week's puzzle was terrible. Who makes the letter C or Roman numeral 100 like that 4:07? It's usually rounder, like "Rounder" might bring up some interesting photos.

Paul said...

As MJ kindly pointed out, Johnny Hart made a lot of C's like that. And I just solved "Caveman Concentration" in ... you guessed it ... 4:07!

Joe Kupe said...

451 - 500. I sported this brand often when I was in high school and college!