Sunday, January 18, 2015

It's a Zoo in Here!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name two animals, both mammals, one of them domestic, the other wild. Put their letters together, and rearrange the result to name another mammal, this one wild, and not seen naturally around North America. What mammal is it?
Solving this is going to call for some lists of animals, I'm predicting.

While we're solving it, let me be sure to include the link for the NPR Contact Us form, if only to keep the number of entries up.

Word Woman (as you'll soon see) is a double winner--she gets her words (FIKA and JELLY DOUGHNUT) in the photo section.

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 1600 entries of all kinds for the "only TWO left" puzzle (commence kvetching about how >NOW?< the Puzzle Master permits all sorts of illegal answers, like "cities" with only 200 people in ten...nine...eight...), so Word Woman wins. Let us know the prize you want, WW, and it's yours. I don't think the current puzzle is as easy, if only because we 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 haven't started in on this puzzle, but I'll start the bidding with 351 - 400.

Word Woman said...

Thanks for the images and the prize, Magdalen and Ross. Please donate to KCFR in Colorado where I am a member.

I will go low with 201-250 this week.

Alex B. said...

I've got an answer, but if what I have is what's intended, not many people will get it. 151-200.

legolambda said...

I agree with Alex B. I'll choose 251-300 this week, please.

Congrats to Word Woman for her savvy range-picking. I guess last week's puzzle wasn't as tough as I thought.


Anonymous said...

Another obvious puzzle. Clearly, the two mammals are "teen" and "a rat." I'm not sure which is the domesticated one, but put them together, and you get "anteater."


Or is it "rat" and "a teen" instead?

I've got it! It's "rats" and "a teen," and the composite animals are "anteaters."

I'm still trying to figure out which is domesticated. I've seen both at the pet store.


Unknown said...

I don't know the answer, but I'll guess 601-650 will send in a correct answer. --Margaret G

Unknown said...

By the way, I figured it out. Let's just say it rang a bell. :-)

Margaret G.

David said...

301 to 350.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please. The lists of animals were useless, but I got one of the three while idly making bad jokes to myself....
I don't agree with Phil, because (in my personal and highly biased opinion) my answer is a better fit to the wording of the question.

B. Haven said...

101-150 please for this week's mammals.

I got it later than usual, but probably should have put it out of my thoughts earlier.

Mendo Jim said...

I am sorry to admit I don't have the answer to this challenge.
I am afraid I am not going to like it when I learn it.
51-100 please.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Word Woman. I just donated $10 to KCFR in your honor.

Word Woman said...

Thanks, Ross. It's been a bit of a dry spell at Pick A Range.

Joe Kupe said...

351 - 400 please. We have no idea this week!