Sunday, February 1, 2015

to Win, Show a Place name

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a well-known place name in the U.S. that's four letters long. Switch the second and third letters to get a well-known place name in Europe. What is it?
We have an answer. It may not be "the" answer. It almost certainly isn't the only answer. But it is valid.

You also have an answer, which is certain to be "the" answer. You'll want to send that puppy in to NPR, using their Special Super Bowl-themed Contact Us form.

A quick note: if you pick a range after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, we happily ignore your pick. Try picking before 3:00 on Thursday.

And if your pick gets ignored before Thursday at 3:00 p.m., that's on us. Feel free to yell.

We have two new photo requests: the Dolomites, followed by the Appalachians. It's going to be very rangy around here for a while. The Dolomites are so amazing, I've picked more than my usual six photos. (I'd apologize to Mendo Jim, but he doesn't bother with the photos anymore, and the rest of us have twenty-first century technology, so we should be fine.)

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 125 entries for the bellboy with a bell buoy. No one picked that low. This week seems easier, I guess?

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've got a potential answer. I wouldn't call it "easy." I'm going to take a longer look before turning in my answer. 351 - 400, please.

Mendo Jim said...

I have the answer that I think Will wants.
A secondary challenge, one on the honor system, is how you pronounce the European place name to yourself. Look it up and be surprised.
751+ please
CAPTCHA has used 1/2 (now 1) hour of the 6 hours to gametime. Haven't they ever heard of cookies?

Word Woman said...

The Dolomites images are wonderful. They brought back happy memories of dropping acid (alazarin red) to determine whether a rock contained calcite or dolomite.

551-600 is my range this week. Thanks.

legolambda said...

401-500 this week please. Will's challenge is "easy/tricky." Tough to pick a range.

Beautiful dolomite pix. dolomite was named after a French guy, Dolomieu. Ain't the world eponomy wonderful?!

The majestic Dolomites bring back sad memories for me, alas, of trudging the Via Dolomosa (no, not in Jerusalem, in Taiwan, the isle formerly known as Formosa.)

Unlike Word Woman, I never had an opportunity to "drop acid." However, nowadays, I do occasionally drop antacid. (joke I heard on NPR last summer/fall).



Unknown said...

DH and I appreciated the Atlas Mountains *and* the Dolomites! I'll take 501-550 if you please. --Margaret G.

Word Woman said...


B Haven said...

Beautiful ranges in the photos, not in the numbers mostly.

151-200, please. I stopped thinking about this puzzle after one set of place names that worked. That's sent in and out of my mind now.

My captcha change to the simple check mark on "I'm not a robot"

Barbara Haven said...

The captcha change explained:

Henry BW said...

I use almost exactly the same pronunciation as Wikipedia does. But then I grew up in Europe.
My usual 1051-1100, please. This one should not have taken me nearly as long as it did, since I know both places personally.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Jay said...

It was a bit of an uphill climb to find the/an answer; hope there is no downside to it.

we will try 251-300 this week.

Curtis said...

I always that Dolomite was that yeast paste Australians like to put on sandwiches...

Word Woman said...


Joe Kupe said...

Took us a while but we got it! 301 - 350 please. And be safe driving in the snow!