Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Vernal Verbicruciste

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a job, in 8 letters, that names someone who might work with actors. Change one letter in this to the following letter of the alphabet to name another person who works with actors. What jobs are these?
I've got Ross cycling through the options, but we haven't solved it yet.

You have, though. You're always faster than us! As resentful as that makes me, I'll still provide you with the Vernal Version of the NPR Contact Us form, complete with daffodils.

I'm going with "vernal" as the word of the day.













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 470 entries for the formal baby look (bootie & bow tie), so Paul won. Let us know what prize you want, Paul! We still haven't solved this week's; does that mean it'll be harder?

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

15 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

351-400 please.

Paul said...

A donation to WVIA, please. Thank you.

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Natasha said...

I select 501-550 range, please. Working backwards helped me solve this puzzle.

B Haven said...

251-300 range this week. Have a good week, all.

Mendo Jim said...

It took me a while to get this and I think the two jobs in question better match a profession other than actor.

101-150 may be a high guess this week, but I'll try it.

Any one else noticed quite able on-air players but short sessions?

Unknown said...

I found this one really hard. Which means it's probably easier than I think. But still, I'm going with a smaller number - 201-250 please. --Margaret G.

Word Woman said...

151-200 please. I've seen that happy dinosaur in Vernal, Utah!

Mendo Jim said...

My post and range guess appeared here yesterday afternoon.
This morning it is gone.

David said...

My post from yesterday is gone also. 1001 to 1050, please.

Henry BW said...

It only took me a day to find an answer, so it must be easy.
My usual 1051-1100, please.

Mendo Jim: following on from last week, that doesn't work, because we put the stress on the EE.

Curtis said...

I still haven't found it yet. 51 - 100, please.

Joe Kupe said...

1 - 50 please. We think we found an answer that works. Not sure if it is what Will intended. Had to look up one of the words to make sure it was real, and it was!

legolambda said...

301-350, please. Thanks.
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