Sunday, February 8, 2015

On and In

Here's this week's Sunday NPR Puzzle:
Name someone who's the subject of many jokes; two words. Remove the space between the words. Insert the letters O and N in that order — not necessarily consecutively — inside this string of letters. The result, reading from left to right, will be two words of opposite meaning that this someone might say. Who is it, and what are the words?
Still mulling this over. No, wait, I'm not. Ross has the answer. (I made him tell me.)

You, unlike me but like Ross, know who this person is--and what [pronoun omitted to protect those who haven't solved it yet] might say--right off the top of your head. After you've untangled those answers from your hair, you'll want to send them in to NPR using this adorable Contact Us form, half-frozen in the snow.

My turn to pick a range: the Canadian Rockies. I'm going there in about ten days. I'm booked to take the Trans-Canadian Railway from Toronto to Vancouver starting on the 17th. Ross will be taking over the blog in my absence. Let's see what I'll be looking at! (Sadly, no pictures with the right amount of snow...)

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 900 entries for Erie and Eire. No one won. It happens. Please win next 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..


Curtis said...

I haven't solved this one yet, and don't have a good strategy for narrowing down the subject of jokes. I know it can't be anything offensive or crude. How about 351 - 400 to start off the bidding.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

legolambda said...

This is a repost of what I posted in last Thursday's AESAP's comments section by mistake:

Will's puzzle is clever this week, but IMO is worded somewhat unfairly. I will soon post what I consider a more fair rewording in the comments section of Puzzleria! It is my February 8 at 6:49 PM comment.

301-350 for me this week, please.

Lately on this wonderful, peak-performing blog the "pick a range" chart has been been preceded by "picture a range."


Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out where to put the N and the O in John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, but at least I'm comfortable in having narrowed down the name.

Lego, facetiousness above notwithstanding, I want to convey my most sincere sympathies to you as you grieve over your loss. As someone who has spent most of his life with multiple cats, I know how much they can touch our lives, and I know the pain of loss all too well. So my thoughts are with you.


legolambda said...

Thank you, Phil. I very much appreciate your words.


legolambda said...

Thank you, Phil. I very much appreciate your words.


Mendo Jim said...

I zipped over to the third place after reading its author's post at the second place, hoping to discover whether I was looking for a person by name or by some other attribute.
It didn't help and going forward without that piece of info does not interest me.

Having to do battle about robots really takes the fun out of playing here.

Word Woman said...

201-250, please.

B Haven said...

451-500, please.
Got it. I don't often hear or try to tell jokes to know which ones are widely known.