Sunday, March 15, 2015

There's a Parable in This...

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Parables of Jesus is an old collection of stories. Remove three of the 15 letters in this phrase and rearrange the 12 letters that remain to get another old collection of stories. What is it?
Super-easy, n'est-ce pas?

I know who would like you to tell them a story--NPR. So use their Contact Us And Tell Us a Story page here!

What does the word "parables" get you over at Flickr?













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.

Around 750 entries for the Boardroom Redux, so no one won. Better luck this week. (There's a parable in that, I just know there is...)

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..

12 comments:

Word Woman said...

If any puzzle could reach the upper heights, this one can do it: 2501-2750.

Maggie Strasser said...

351-400 please

Natasha said...

501-550 range, please. Fun puzzle.

legolambda said...

1601-1650, please. I am sure everyone here knows the answer.
LegoTheLostSheep

Mendo Jim said...

I think the PM might spend a little more time on this enterprise.
For some reason he didn't mention the repeat of last week's puzzle. There are several possible reasons for this, but none I like.
Today, he propounds a challenge that I am sure almost every listener solved in minutes.
I can't think of any reasons for this.

B. Haven said...

2,001- 2,050 for this puzzle, please

Another Sunday, another puzzle that seems easy. Many people probably don't want to play the puzzle on the air. Maybe as many as half those who solve it?

Curtis said...

Easier than last week, but, nonetheless, I'll stick with 1,351 - 1,400.

Anonymous said...

It didn't take long at all to get an answer that wouldn't be accepted but which is arguably correct. (Alas, by Thursday, I'll no doubt have forgotten it.)

I have some other possibilities too. Did we as a group write a book called "Parables of Us" a long time ago?

Are there any biblical scholars among us who can confirm or deny that Jesus kept a lot of stories in the Spear of Jesus?

Phil

Joe Kupe said...

Even easier than last week, but my fear is many people hear it and do not write it down and realize how easy it truly is. If only 750 got last week I will go even lower as this takes effort to write it down! 601 - 650 please. And go Buffalo Bulls!

Henry BW said...

Easy as pi. My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

It looks like my 1001 to 1050 disappeared (maybe I was a robot).

Unknown said...

I agree it seems easy. I'll take 1251-1300 if it's available. -- Margaret G.