Sunday, February 15, 2015

Take a City, Almost Any City, Again

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a major U.S. city in two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically to get the cost of attending a certain NBA game. What is it?
Hmm. This is not hard. In fact, I can't even be bother to issue a "no-hints" directive. Hint away!

You've solved. Oh, come on, you know you have. Send your answer in to NPR using their Contact Us form, seasonably dressed up as Cupid!

Speaking of seasons, I will be away for the next two posts, but Ross has generously offered to keep the tradition up. Thanks, Ross!

Someone suggested a "kitchen range" for the Pick a Range/Photo Section crossover event. Let's see what we can find...

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.

Only 80 entries for St. Peter's STOP and ENTER. We were all too high, so no Pearly Gates for us. This week, we may all be too low, who knows?

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..


Word Woman said...

Will is perhaps going for big numbers after this week's 80. Eighty! I will go with 1501-1550 this week.

Safe travels, Magdalen.

legolambda said...

More than 5,000, please. Finally, I am going to be the winner on "Pick A Range!" I believe I will opt for the shiny stainless steel number pictured in Magdalen's final photo, along with the other "fabulous prizes, Don Pardo!"


Paul said...

I guess there's no such thing as a range-free kitchen.

Laruchka said...

Good guess, Ms. Word. There never seem to be 2,000 responses nowadays. But yes, I iamgine everyone who sends in an answer will be correct this time. Maybe my sweetheart will finally be sporting that lapel pin.

Natasha said...

I select 201-250 range, please. Not being a sports fan, I almost did not try to solve.

Curtis said...

I'll stick with 351 - 400

Word Woman said...

Range-free kitchen, free-range chicken--delightful, sir.

legolambda said...


"Range-free Kitchen"!!!!

Probably the best pun containing a interior-word spoonerism that has ever appeared in either Gutenbergy or cyber print!

You must celebrate... by doing the Kitchen Dance within flapping distance of your "gnarly radar range" (kind of a palindrome).


Paul said...

First of all:
Magdalen inspired it.

Second of all:
I'd feel really bad if Mendo Jim felt left out of this joke.

Word Woman said...

I got the joke without seeing the chickens. . .No worries for Mendo Jim, methinks.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Anonymous said...

St Peter tells Dr Will "You are number eighty for today and are just in time for lunch. The main dish is subarctic liver. You can stay if you know where that comes from."
"Oh, I don't solve puzzles, I just look at the answer."

Word Woman said...

That made me laugh, Anonymous. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Since we're free to give hints, I'll note that the correct city is NOT Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. I don't know what next week will bring, but so far, it has been possible to eliminate this city from consideration for every puzzle this year.

My best answer so far for this week is a city in North Dakota, which is distant from every NBA team.

I have what I assume is the correct answer, but I really have to wonder why the puzzles can't be worded correctly. To me, "a certain NBA game" implies something like the All-Star Game or game 37 of the 76ers home schedule. Why not say instead "certain NBA games" or "some NBA games," both of which strike me as more accurate?

So that I don't end on a rant, I'll give a few more clues. The cities are not Mutchtwo, Grandwun (or, for that matter, Grand Forks), or Lottuh.


Paul said...

Can I actually hint this week without getting into trouble?

B Haven said...

951-1000 please this week. Let's see if staying in during the East Coast snow storms gave many more people time to solve and submit this week's puzzle.

Last week's St. Peter puzzle had so few entries.

Joe Kupe said...

1351 - 1400 please! Much easier this week!

jan said...

If the 1101-1150 range is free, I'll take it.

Whenever a waiter mentions free-range chicken, my father-in-law always wants to know how much room it had.

Paul said...

In that spirit, jan:

Anonymous said...

Take the same city, break it into its two syllables, reverse the syllables, and anagram the second syllable to get what you should do if you're a fan of a certain NBA team related to WS's puzzle.

You did say "Hint away!," Magdalen.


legolambda said...


yeah, "what you should do"... and really all you can do.

Your email reminds me that a living NBA legend has come full circle with this team. So maybe there is ____ after all.


Mendo Jim said...

I have decided that five tries a day to get past CAPTCHA is all I will do. This is number four.
And this is number five.

So hints allowed when none are needed. Tough rules here!

What the heck is subarctic liver?

Joe Kupe said...

I am now convinced there are two answers! Both cities are in the US, but one answer places you outside the US. I hope he takes both.