Sunday, December 7, 2014

Insomnia!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the phrase "a few Texans come in." Rearrange these letters to name a geographical place. What is it?
Not amazing. Moving on.

You've gotten over your disappointment with the answer, so it's time to send your answer in to NPR using this, their Contact Us form, festively decorated for the season.

I had insomnia last night, so I've been up for over four hours. The puzzle isn't even available, but I thought I'd get a head start on the photo section. Guess what my word is? Yes, that's right: insomnia. (There was a great photo of a guy sleeping on a public bench bearing the word "insomnia" but it wasn't Creative Commons.)













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 600 entries for Bert and Ernie. 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..

16 comments:

legolambda said...

In last week's "Pick a Range," I say we crown David the winner. He came closest without going under.

Easy puzzle this week. And even without an online anagram generator, the difficulty level remains reasonably moderate. May I have 901-950, please? Thanks.

LeTexansGoToJacksonvilleTodayToPlayTheJags

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. As we suspected, no mention of the "non-BERTANDERNIE" letters from last week's puzzle spelling ART-RV.

Mendo Jim said...

So, I'm good with only having to forgive the PM for a low amazement threshold.
I've only got two of the places for this week's challenge.

Curtis said...

This puzzle isn't hard, but I'm still gonna bid low because that's the way the puzzle is rolling lately. 351 - 400, por favor.

B. Haven said...

Thanks for the insomnia photos. Night photography can be beautiful.
For a range, 801-850, please.

Joe Kupe said...

701 - 750. no anagram generator needed here either!

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Word Woman said...

951-1000, please. All toolbox tools provided. . .but nary a screwdriver needed.

Paul said...

851 - 900, please. Bur I think WW nailed it.

Paul said...

Bur????????????

Word Woman said...

If I had a hammer. . .

Anonymous said...

I had hammer years ago one Christmas, but since then, my family has switched to turkeyer.

Phil

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.
Even I solved this one with only a map.

David said...

How about using "NPR" for your pictures?

Jay said...

It's snowing again so I won't be able to get to the Christmas show at Rockefeller Center.
I"ll try 551-600.

Marie said...

Got it on the first try without an anagrammer so going big, 1101-1150.