Sunday, March 8, 2015

Two's ("This and That") Company

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take a familiar phrase in the form "[blank] and [blank]." Put the second word in front of the first, and you'll name a common part of a large company. What is it?
Ross solved this one. He's clever like that.

As are you. To reward your cleverness, I'll leave the Contact Us link here, fresh from NPR, so that you can send in your answer.

And now to see what ALTO (B. Haven's other suggestion) gives us for 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.

After YEARS of parking himself at 1,001-1,050, David has finally won!!!! Whoo-hoo! (Imagine confetti all over the place!) Let us know if you want an actual prize puzzle book in your hands, or a contribution to your NPR station or the Red Cross, David. Your day has come.

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..


legolambda said...

Let me be the first to congratulte David on his range-picking victory. It was a grand strategy, and then some!

My less-than-grand guess this week is 901-950, please.


B Haven said...

Thanks to Magdalen for selecting from photos with "alto," a musical range.

651-700 for this week, I guess. This seems as easy as pie or the previous NPR puzzle that had the answers Sarah Bernhardt and heartburn (a puzzle given on May 18, 2014 repeated from 2009).

Natasha said...

I select the 601-650 range, please. Easy puzzle I think.

Mendo Jim said...

Why do I keep thinking that "and" is the second word?

Anonymous said...

Mendo Jim,

If my answer is correct, then you're thinking what you're thinking because the puzzle's poorly worded. I know that comes as a shock, but I have an answer that I assume is intended because it works so well and is so easy, thus keeping with the recent theme of easy puzzles.


Curtis said...

I'll stick with 1,351 - 1,400 this week. Pretty easy...

David said...

KUOW please, thanks.

1001 to 1050 again (I have won before with that range, it has just been awhile.)

With an extra special pi day coming up (3/14/15, plus I have a race of pi miles which starts 3/14/15 9:26:53), how about "pi" for the photo section on either Thursday (pre-pi) or Sunday (post-pi)?

Mendo Jim said...

Here is a suggestion for repairing the "poorly worded" clue:
"Think of a familiar three-word phrase in the form "___ and ___". If you remove the "and" and put the second word in front of the first word, you get a compound word naming a place of power. Hint: The compound word has nine letters. What is the three-word phrase, and what place of power is this?"

Magdalen may delete this as too much of a hint, but some here will recognize this version.
While waiting for robotic clearance, an often long affair, I discovered this theme followed at the other place.

legolambda said...


Thank you for bringing to our attention this once-in-a-century event! I encourage Magdalen to take your suggestion and begin "baking up" some pi photos.

I was aware of "Pi Day," but was not aware of the special added numerical significance of this year's celebration. I will definitely be commemorating this day on Friday, March 13 when I next publish Puzzleria!

What is the race's distance, David? Whatever it is, I respectfully suggest that you finish in 58 minutes (or, knowing you, seconds!) flat. ('Tis a shame that pi's digits begin inching up above 5 after 3.1415926535...)


Word Woman said...

1501-1550 is my pi-ck. Pi Day rules.

David said...

The race is 3.14... miles, I don't know how accurately measured.

Anonymous said...

Anent Mendo Jim's rewording of the puzzle, does anyone recall the wording when this puzzle was last used? (Perhaps including it would be too much of a hint, but if someone has it, perhaps he or she could post it on Thursday or Friday.)


legolambda said...

So a bit more than a 5K. That's a stroll in the park for you.

I predict the winner finishes in 16:18. I would finish in 27:18 or so.


Word Woman said...

Wording by MJ as above is the original WS wording. . .

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations David ... $10 has been sent to KUOW in your honor.

Mendo Jim said...

I went to college quite near this city with an interesting feature:

While they say it was a 3 mile circle, it was actually based on a 1 mile diameter, which means you know what.
It is too bad they missed an opportunity 100 years ago.

legolambda said...

Great link, Mendo Jim. Yes, I know what. This means that David must be running his race on Saturday at Corona's 3.14-mile-long Grand Boulevard! He will follow in the tire tracks and pedal and clutch-steps of Barney Oldfield.

If David can avoid too many "pit stops," I am confident he will burst first past the checkered flag.


Joe Kupe said...

Easy Cheesy Lemon Squeezy. 2001 - 2050 please!

Mendo Jim said...

Fianlly a chance to introduce some science, as iffy as it is, to the Range:
Last time Will used this basic challenge "more than 1100 entries" made up the pool of contestants.
So I'll go with 1101-1150 and ignore all the other variables.

Anonymous said...

It took me longer than I would have liked, but I have an answer other than the intended one (assuming that WS's answer this week is the same as the one last time he gave this puzzle). I kept trying to take the puzzle literally and come up with "and _____ _____," but that didn't work. But I now have an answer that I think works but will be rejected. I can rest now.


Word Woman said...

"An answer that I think works but will be rejected" made me smile, Phil. Glad you may rest easy now.

Jay said...

Looks like I won't be leading the pack this time--1401-1450 seems just about right. And Mary Ann got it before me. She's good!