Sunday, December 14, 2014

Inclinations Toward Exclamations

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a common exclamation in four letters. Move the last letter to the start, and then add a new letter to the end, to get another well-known exclamation. What is it?
Even with three of us (Henry is here for Cookie Weekend) it took us a few minutes to get AN answer. (Is it THE answer? No clue.)

When you've got the answer, don't hint about it in the comments (what a waste!). Send it in to NPR using their Contact Us form, which has free shipping this week.

I'm writing this as I listen to the puzzle. The word "postcard" popped out at me. (Any of you go back to the postcard days? We don't. Henry and I started to listen to the puzzle in the late 90s.














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.

2040 entries for Sante Fe, New Mexico. Needless to say, 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..

11 comments:

Word Woman said...
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Maggie Strasser said...

1351 - 1400 range please.

legolambda said...

No 2,040 this week. But still an easy solve. May I have 701-750 please? Thank you.

LegOucHellOucHellOucHellOucHellOhell!

Mendo Jim said...

I also started with ouch, then got the answer on the next word.
Dang!
I say let it ride and take 2040.

Curtis said...

I'll go high this week, just 'cuz it's really easy: 2,351 - 2,400.

Unknown said...

I actually got this one within a few minutes, which is saying a lot (usually I haven't a clue this early in the week). I'll say 801-850
--Margaret

Word Woman said...

I'd like to revise my guess upward to 2751-3000 this week.

Word Woman

David said...

1001 to 1050 please.

Jay said...

I got it last week but my wife got it this week-we share almost everything! The odds of getting called are much better at 200 than 2000. So how about in the middle at 1101-1150. Thanks

Paul said...

Mendo Jim's right, as usual, so now I have to choose between 1,951 - 2,000 and 2,051 - 2,100 ...

May I please have 2,051 - 2,100?

Joe Kupe said...

Did not find it as easy as everyone else! 401 - 450 please!