Sunday, June 7, 2015

I Bet It's a Candidate for the Republican Nomination...

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a famous person in Washington, D.C. — 7 letters in the first name, 5 letters in the last. Drop the last sound in the last name. The result — phonetically — will be the first and last name of a famous living entertainer. Who is it?
We haven't found a simple way of solving this electronically, but we're working on it. Well, Ross is working on it. I'm here, formatting the blog.

And telling you to submit your answer, using the apolitical NPR Contact Us form.

It's June! Time for some month-specific photos!

Disney - Cinderella Castle and Pretty Sky - HDR (Edit 2) (Explored)


Red Green and Gold

Liège / Luik / Lüttich

Brattleboro, VT Rainbow - Over 27,000 Views


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. 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.

910 entries for ROAST chicken ROOST, which means Natasha is our winner. Let us know which prize you'd like to receive. Pick a range based on how you feel about politicians, or by shooting a dart at the chart, your choice.

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'll go with 1,351 - 1,400. This one is super easy, especially for those who have listened to NPR in the last few months.

Natasha said...

OMG I won!! You are truly remarkable people, Magdalen and Ross to make a contribution to a charitable organization. The Red Cross is my choice. I used to volunteer for them. Thank you so much.

Mendo Jim said...

Every time Willy the Short uses a puzzle as disappointing as this one, I wonder what happened to the better ones submitted by other listeners, including myself.
Since many have mentioned never getting any indication that theirs were received, I wonder if the usual suspects that Will relies on have a different address to use.
Will this weeks Range reflect the ease of solution or the apathy it causes?
How's about 1700+

B. Haven said...

Happy June to all. Nice photos that you selected, Magdalen and Ross.

1,001 - 1,050 for this week. Last week's number of correct entries went up a little. Trending upward? Hard to know.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I'm a bit surprised that WS did not accept my answer of "crack chicken" and "chicken crock." I did submit the answer along with these statistics for hits on Google for the terms in quotation marks:
"roast chicken": about 5,500,000
"chicken roost": about 62,300
"crack chicken": about 150,000
"chicken crock": about 367,000

It seems to me that you can't reject my solution based on popularity since both terms are far more popular than "chicken roost." I suppose it's possible that the answer was rejected by someone other than WS or that the putative reason for not accepting it was that "chicken crock" is overwhelmingly likely to occur in the context of "chicken crock pot," but an adjectival phrase is still a phrase.

Oh well. At least I am comfortable rejecting answers this week on the grounds that the people I've thought of so far aren't in Washington, D.C. I assume, at least, that the wording means "a famous person who is in Washington, D.C." rather than "a person who is famous in Washington, D.C."


legolambda said...

851-900 please.
I second B. Haven's praise for Magdalen's June eye-candy.
There are very arguably two acceptable NPR answers this week. My pick may be low.


Alex B. said...

Phil --

Google hit numbers are misleading. You're better off looking at Google Ngrams, which doesn't like your two at all.

I was hoping to use my list of famous names this week but that came up empty.

Unknown said...

I'm really bad at this type of puzzle. Names are not my forte. I'll go along with the 501-550 range. --Margaret G.

David said...

901 to 950, please.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Natasha. I donated another $10 to the American Red Cross for Disaster Relief. With tornado watches in our area today, I hope the disaster isn't close to home.

Natasha said...

Thank you, Ross for the contribution. I am concerned about the possible tornadoes in your area,though. Keep us posted that you are ok.

Alex B. said...

FYI this one is solvable electronically. I wouldn't say it's "simple" to solve electronically, however.