Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two Politicians Walk into a Puzzle

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the first names of two politicians in the news. Switch the first letters of their names and read the result backward to name something that each of these politicians is not.
Seriously not hard. Here's your apolitical NPR Contact Us form so that you can send your answer in.

I'm declaring this a no-hints puzzle, not so much because it's a tricky or hint-worthy puzzle, but because politics is the third rail of blogging. Let's keep our political views private, shall we?

Hmm, what does the word "private" get us on 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.

Over 250 entries for the relatively hard PROMOTER/PROMPTER puzzle. Shall we donate to your favorite NPR station, B.Haven? And this week is easy, so which range will win? Pick and see!

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

22 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

I am guessing that my experience will be a common one this morning.
The answer I have is the second permutation of the first pair of names that came to mind.

1901-1950 seems possible.

Word Woman said...

Got it. 1001-1050 please.

Joe, it's too bad the seamsters and teamsters did not get honorable mention, after all.

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Natasha said...

501-550 range this week, please.

legolambda said...

551-600, please. Easy, but another fine puzzle from Will. Bravo Steve Daubenspeck (sp?) from Fleetwood, PA.

I think I came close to winning the pick-a-range last week. No cigar.

LegoStogieFromMuskogee

B Haven said...

Good morning. I'm glad my guess got the right range for last week. My local NPR station, KXJZ Sacramento, is pledge driving this afternoon, so I believe that they need it. Thank you, all.

Sorry to take a while to respond. I often don't connect early on Sundays to read the puzzle and catch up online.

B. Haven said...

801-850 for this week's puzzle please.

Nice photos for "private."

Long ago I tagged a photo "CheersMeUp" and now found a few other diverse photos with that tag: https://www.flickr.com/search/?tags=cheersmeup. 2007 seems long ago on the Internet.

Unknown said...

I'll choose 951-1000. --Margaret G., no clues here

Curtis said...

351 - 400, please.

Word Woman said...

Magdalen, may I buy an 'S' for your headline?

And, while we're at it, how about 'S' as a suggestion for Thursday's blog's images?

Richard said...

May I have 751 - 800, please.

Ross Beresford said...

KXJZ Scrabbly Sacramento just got another $10 donation. Congratulations B Haven!

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.
British politics can be even more fun, because the London Underground has FOUR rails. (IIRC, the hot ones are roughly +450 volts and -200 volts.)

Marie said...

1701-1750, please and thank you!

David said...

1201 to 1250 please.

legolambda said...

Just an observation, if I may:
An Englishman Solves American Puzzles (AESAP) has to be the most polite and civil blog site on the Internet. Thank you.
LegoAndIfYouDon'tLikeIt,LumpIt!

Anonymous said...

No politics? Suppose next no religion! It's a slippery slope to civility.

Guess 401-

Jay said...

Didn't mean to be Anonymous. Did click my name, but in entering the hard to read number, off it went.

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, your voice is unmistakable.

Word Woman said...

Um, maybe not. :-)

Mendo Jim said...

Let's see here:
Will the Great proposes a puzzle with two politicians at its core and perhaps politics in its answer, but if we mention it Magdalen and Ross get elcetrocuted.
Boy, blogging is tougher than I thought.
Since we haven't agreed on the specific polititians yet, let me say that, in general, one of the possibilities is so laughable that it makes me want to cry.
There is my unmistakable voice, WW.

Joe Kupe said...

601 - 650 please! Thanks!