Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the first and last names of a well-known actress. Her first name has two vowels. Change them both to new vowels, and the result names part of a common Christmas decoration. What is it?
I need to check with Ross on whether he's solved this already. I'm pretty sure it's not Candis Cayne... 

Okay, he has two answers and I have one. That makes our count: 1 Wrong Answer (mine), 1 Right Answer and 1 Funny Answer. We'll share all on Wednesday.

You's solved it, of course, so all you're waiting for is this, the NPR Contact Us Form, all decked out in white twinkling fairy lights.

Happy Channukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and if none of those applies to you, Enjoy the Long Weekends.

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.

560 entries for Ahoy Yahoo. Sadly, most of you overestimated the number of entries so no one won. Better luck 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..


Curtis said...

351 - 400, please.

legolambda said...

751-800, please.
Festive photos, Magdalen!

Travel safely over the holidays. Give yourself sufficient time. Do NOT text while driving. (When Santa needs to text I hear he pulls over to the side of the sky.)

Relax with your time off, and celebrate with puzzles!

Thanks, Magdalen and Ross, for providing us with this wonderful space for posting our thoughts. We look forward to 2015.


Anonymous said...

After hearing the puzzle this morning, I went out and bought a Toppy Hedron for the top of my Christmas tree. And then, to be sure I'd truly solved the puzzle, I also bought a Zsi Zsu Gabor for the tree. After all, I'm no dummy. I know that all famous actresses for the Sunday Puzzle are Gabors. You might even say the answers feature Gabors galore.

For those who are currently celebrating, a very happy Hanukkah. For those who will celebrate on Thursday, a very merry Christmas. And for those who are in neither category, best wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy 2015. May none of your puzzles involve clocks, whether digital or analog.

Phil, who apologizes if the Zsa Zsa reference is too close to the real answer, but my family has never been big on decorating with Ivy Gabor at this time of year.

P.S. I'd like 951-1,000 please.

Word Woman said...

Phil, you had me laughing out loud at the ZZ Top-per.

Due to some revealing, how about reveling in 651-700?

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. In Chicago, on the way to Elyria.

legolambda said...

Yes, Phil, thank you for the holiday cheerfulness!


Mendo Jim said...

Sort of got stuck on "Garland" for a while, but then the intended answer appeared.
I also hope all the puzzling family here has a great holiday.

Do all I have to do is check the box "I'm not a robot?" We'll see.
Nope, everything dies. Then it works, sort of; ah, progress.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please, he said robotically.

Wade Thompson said...

Had to dig through a whole pile of Holiday Rubble to get this one. 1,001 - 1,050 Please.

Jay said...

Best wishes for the holidays and the new year. And may your phone ring at 3pm!

Is 601-650 a good guess?

Joe Kupe said...

301 - 350. And a belated Happy Festivus to all of you!

B. Haven said...

551-600, please. Happy holidays and thank you!