Sunday, June 21, 2015

King Me! (As Chubby Checkers Might Have Said)

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the phrase "I am a monarch." Re-arrange the 11 letters to name a world leader who was not a monarch but who ruled with similar authority. Who is it?
Not hard, but let's not hint anyway, okay? Many thanks.

You don't need a hint, though, as you solved it before Will even finished reading it out. In fact, you're tapping your foot, reading this, waiting for me to post the NPR Contact Us form!

Is everyone having a happy Father's Day? In Ross's hono(u)r, here are some cats:

stray cat

Tom Cat

cat's eyes

Isolated cat on white background

Comfy Cat

The Tawny Cat III

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.

Over 600 entries for HERBAL + PERT = HERB ALPERT. No winner this week, but what do you think will happen with our non-regal "I am a monarch"? Pick a range based on droit divin des rois, 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.


Word Woman said...

2501-2750 please.

Curtis said...

I'm wondering if there isn't a subtle clue in today's photo theme. I'll go higher this week with 1,351 - 1,400. I'm not quite as optimistic about the number of guesses as my neighbor Word Woman.

jan said...

Sounds like your cats are giving it away! 1001 - 1050.

jan said...

As for Herb Alpert, I'd say if the School of Music at UCLA is named for you, you're famous.

Word Woman said...

Yeah, I'd categorize those cats as feline it!

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B. Haven said...

2001-2050 for this week, please.

This puzzle's level of difficulty reminded me of a "Santa Fe, New Mexico" anagram puzzle last year. No hint about any current answer there.

Magdalen said...

You don't need fame to have a university building named after you--just a LOT of money.

Mendo Jim said...

I remember this word play from 40 years ago. After my granddaughter figured it out this morning, that is.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Unknown said...

I solved this extremely quickly this morning, so expect others will too. I'm going with 2301-2350. --Margaret G.

David said...

1201 to 1250, please.

legolambda said...

1101-1150 please. Too easy to solve using anagram-generating websites.

Will should run a puzzle some week in which he puts all solvers on the honor system not to use computer aids.


Joe Kupe said...

901 - 950 please. I think it is easy, but the answer is not straight forward, there is a little trick to this week's answer!

Mendo Jim said...

Lego: Will already tries to make the weekly challenge internet-proof and sometimes figuring out how to use it anyway is the only real fun.

With so, so many disappointing Puzzles over the years, it is an act of faith to devote a lot of time and effort each week to solve them.
Honor systems work both ways.

I have loved good puzzles for over 60 years; good puzzles carry not
the guarantee of solution, but the reward of trying.
I don't mind the figurative slap on the forehead with "I should have thought of that!"
I hate thinking "Boy, was that dumb!"

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Word Woman said...

With only 11 letters, there are just so many ways to go. . .

Paul said...

Out of curiosity, just how many ways would that be, Mother of Math Genius?

Word Woman said...

11!/3!*2! = 119,750,400

Mas o menos.

Substantially less if the combinations have to make words. In English. As it were.

I got it on the first try though. How about you?

Word Woman said...

Or make that 11!/(2!*3!) = 3,326,400

Maggie Strasser said...

651-700 please

Jay said...

Been on a road trip from NEPA to Austin, TX. What a beautiful country we have--sights, sounds and food! Wow. Now were home in another beautiful part of the country. An easier one this week; will go with 1451-1500