Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don't Overcerebrate It

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name someone who welcomes you in. Insert the letter U somewhere inside this, and you'll name something that warns you to stay away. Who is this person, and what is this thing?
We're working on this, but we're also hosting two fabulous knitters for a "yarnapalooza" retreat and between the raised waffles and bacon for breakfast, we haven't solved this yet.

You have, though, and you're impatiently waiting for the NPR Contact Us form, so here it is.

Here's what I found for Paul's suggestion of OVERCEREBRATION over on Flickr:

My guests have pointed out that people make scenes out of Peeps, so why not Gummi Bears? I typed in GUMMI and here's what I found:

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.

Precisely 104 entries, so B. Haven wins. Again. Let us know the prize you want, B. Haven, and we'll get that done. All I can say about the current puzzle is that we've haven't solved it yet.

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...

I'm still working on this. I'll go with the same range as last week, 351 - 400.

Unknown said...

Same clue as last week, and I'll go with 651-700. My DH wants to say his range is the Atlas Mountains.

--Margaret G

B Haven said...

Thank you. as I said I spent too long on last week's puzzle, which most people won't do. At least, My public radio station benefits from my guess. It's KXJZ in Sacramento.

1,001 - 1,050 for a range this week, I guess. This week's seems that much easier.

legolambda said...

Ms. B Haven:
You are really great at choosing ranges. Congrats again.

301-350 for me this week, please. Easier than last week, and I think WS will have to accept at least two correct answers. One of the two I have in mind is a truncated form of the other. I kind of like this puzzle.


Mendo Jim said...

Ever since the PM used "name" a couple of times to mean "phonetically" I have been a little techy.
Maybe I'll come up with an answer that is better.
I was surprised to only be off by four submissions last week.
I'll try 200+ this time.

Ross Beresford said...

Congrats B Haven. I just made a $10 donation to KXJZ in your honor.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.
I solved this about the time I finished jotting down the question.

Word Woman said...

150-200, please.

Word Woman said...

150-200, please.

Paul said...

Gluegle strikes again!

Word Woman said...

Indeed. Gluegled. And on top of that I got the range wrong--151-200, please.

Anonymous said...

WW, I saw your initial guess and thought, How dare she! Honestly, picking a 51-number range instead of the 50-number range the rest of us, mere mortals, are confined to.

Ah, you may be thinking, but Phil hasn't picked a range all year. That's true. I'm saving them up for August, when I will guess all ranges simultaneously only to have the correct number announced as "a positive integer."