Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the following 5-word sentence: "THOSE BARBARIANS AMBUSH HEAVIER FIANCEES." These 5 words have something very unusual in common. What is it?
Henry solved this one.

Here's your hint: THIS IS A NO HINT BLOG POST. Don't let me catch you hinting in the comments. You've got Blaine's blog for that sort of hijinks.

Ah, but you don't need a hint, because you've already solved this one. Here, then, is your prize: the colorfully festive NPR Contact Us form for sending in your answer.

Henry just uttered the sentence, "That's got to be one of the invisible mistakes." (He's solving a very difficult cryptic crossword, so his comment made sense in context.) In his honor, here are some photos found using "invisible mistake" as the search term.













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.

Over 800 entries for Holly Berry. No one won. [Cue the sad trombones.]

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..

10 comments:

Curtis said...

Pretty easy this week. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400, please.

legolambda said...

I agree with Curtis, but will go a mite lower: 951-1,000 please.
Lego...

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Paul said...

Harder than last week: 701 - 750, please and thank you.
I have no idea what "hijinks" might be.

legolambda said...

Magdalen,
Regarding your first “invisible mistake” photo,” Denis Collette...!!! Requiem for the ego!!! / Requiem pour l’égo!!! :))”:

To misquote Mark Twain, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!”

VivePauvreL’ego!

Mendo Jim said...

Not too bad a challenge.
I'd say a low participatiion rate of 300+ can be expected.

This is the last time I will try to use the CAPTCHA function this week.

B. Haven said...

1,201 - 1,250, please. Last Sunday was between holidays, so probably people had more time for puzzles.

Paul said...

I respectfully submit RECALIBRATION as a picture word.

Joe Kupe said...

201 to 250. Harder than last week I think, just got it last night! Happy New Year to all!

Marie said...

I like this week's challenge because I had a very satisfied feeling upon solving it. And it didn't take all day! 601 for me.