Sunday, June 14, 2015

Lupin the Loop

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of an adjective that describes many shampoos. Add the brand name of a shampoo in its basic form. The result, reading the letters in order from left to right, will name a famous musician. Who is it?
Ross solved it and then played me a musical "clue." Okay, got it. (Ross also knew that Neville Fogarty, the on-air contestant, is a new crossword constructor...long before Will Shortz recalled his name.)

You've got this week's answer, too, of course. (You're so fast, in fact, that you're wondering what took me so long!) Here's the NPR Contact Us form for you to submit your answer.

Time for some photos to take that shampoo taste out of our mouths. Our lupins are blooming, which makes me want to see even more colorful spires.

Lupin Delight

Lupins ♥

Wild lupins near Lindis Pass

Lupins

Lupin invasion

Massed lupins

Field of dreams

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 300 entries for LORETTA LYNCH/LYNN. No winner this week, as we all assumed LOTS more people would get it. Pick a range based on how many times you repeat the Lather/Rinse cycle, 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.

12 comments:

Word Woman said...

1001-1050, please. Lovely lupins!

Mendo Jim said...

At least Will didn't edit out his mistake about the on-air contestant.
Too bad he didn't edit out the silliest on-air segment on record and today's flop of a challenge.
Should be thousands of responses, let's say 2500+.

B Haven said...

751-800, please for this week.

Have a good summer week where you are.

David said...

501 to 550, please.

_________ you glad the on air puzzle didn't include this clue?

Joe Kupe said...

901 - 950 please. I don't know if some of the younger listeners know who this person is!

Mendo Jim said...

Younger listeners?
I would guess the average age of those attending the Sunday Puzzle
is fifty or more.
Anyone else?

legolambda said...

1101-1150, please. I liked this puzzle. It has a connection to my "Devil's Workshop" puzzle slice, "Tea & Nidol," on this week's Puzzleria! Menu.

LegoIDoleOutSlicesOfPuzzlePie

Unknown said...

I'll take the 651-700 range (not o-range). Thanks! --Margaret G.

Curtis said...

Once I got off my keister and worked on this one, it was pretty easy. But, last week was easier. I'll go with 351 - 400, please.

Word Woman said...

'Twas my dad's favorite album.

Natasha said...

I select 451-500 range, please. Great musician.

Joe Kupe said...

I'll be 50 this month, but I am even guessing if you are not familiar with this style of music you would not know the person.