Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bakers and Balers and Barers, Oh My!

Here's this week's Sunday NPR Puzzle:
Name an occupation starting with the letter B. Remove the second, third and fourth letters. The remaining letters in order will name something you might experience in the presence of someone who has this occupation. What is it?
I'm on my own this week--Ross is at "guitar camp" in North Carolina--so let's see if I can solve this by myself. Yay! I have an answer!

You do too, of course, so all you need from me is the link for NPR's Contact Us form. Here it is!

Here are some photos associated with Ross's current location, Greenville, NC:

Fall 2007 Greenville,NC






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.

I heard Lynn Neary say there were 382 correct answers for ARI and his EMIGRANT WANDS STOCKER friends. Ah, but I wasn't sure, and Word Woman has confirmed that in fact Lynn said 302, which means Legolambda won again. (Let us know what prize you want, Legolambda!) Without giving anything away, I can guarantee that this week's puzzle is easier. Pick a range by getting a B-job or 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...

I heard 302, Magdalen.

How about 701-750 for this week.

Word Woman said...

Very subtle triple bs in your headline, by the way!

Word Woman said...

Congrats, Lego! Good picking!

I should like to revise my guess upward to 1301-1350, please.

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Maggie Strasser said...

951-1000 please.

Curtis said...

This one was easy - way easier than last week. But, the overall trend lately has been fewer entrants. So, I'll stick with 351 - 400.

Mendo Jim said...

It looks like our discussion about challenges that encourage youthful participants went for naught.

I wonder if "the first stanza" was in Will's original answer and if it was required of submissions.

Well, I've tried about ten times to reach CAPT PITA at his robot camp with no success.

B. Haven said...

1301-1350 range for this week, please.

On this morning's Weekend Edition, I liked the idea of the National Puzzler League conference. Next year they will get together in Salt Lake CIty. Are any of you attend? Did you go to Vancouver for "Recouvery" their conference this year? From their fun FAQ:

It's a four-day convention where many of the most puzzle-mad people in the world gather. Most of them are members of the National Puzzlers' League, the world's oldest puzzlers' organization. As members of this nonprofit organization, we've been solving puzzles nonstop since 1883. (Well, not the same people. But you get the idea.)

legolambda said...

Great headline, great pictures, great blog.
Thanks, Word Woman, for your congrats and for pointing out the possible discrepancy in what Magdalen heard and what was said on NPR regarding correct entries. Because of this this minor questionability and confusion, I would be willing to relinquish my putative range-pick victory this week, if you deem it more appropriate, Magdalen and Ross, to award Curtis the honor and prize.

By the way, I really am enjoying the puzzle book you and Ross sent me for my range-pick victory a few months back. If you (and perhaps Curtis) judge that I ought indeed after all be this week’s range-pick champ, please make a contribution to my local NPR station, KNSR in Collegeville/St. Cloud, Minnesota. Thank you.

By the way (redux), Ross’s whereabouts and activity this weekend are a big hint to the “Corporate Rock Slice” puzzle on this week’s Puzzleria!

My guess this week is 45-500, please.
Thank you.


Natasha said...

I heard 302 too online.

Henry BW said...

I'm surprised not to see more "snarky" comments about this week's puzzle.
My usual 1051-1100, please.

Joe Kupe said...

601 - 650 please. yes, much easier this week, it was the third B occupation I came up with out of midair!

Jay said...

My wife, Mary Ann got it before I even started thinking. She's good at this, and great in other ways! If we hadn't each submitted an answer last week I would have had the number. So counting both of us this week I'll go with 751-800.

David said...

1001 to 1050, again please.

Jim, I did put first stanza in my submitted answer. My guess would be that he did not require it to be counted as a correct answer.

Word Woman said...

B. Haven, I will defer the 1301-1350 range to you and go even higher to 1651-1700.

The puzzlers' conference sounds like fun and SLC is not that far away. . .

Mendo Jim said...

I wish Will had said:
"The correct answer is that the seven words are anagrams of words in the first stanza of the national anthem.
My intended answer did not include the qualifier "first stanza" (reflected by the website) and only the efforts of several players showed a huge fault in my original phrasing of 'almost no other words in the English language.'
This would have simply been hyperbole except that I did not think it through and did intend it to be taken literally.
I apologize.
I realize I have done this many times in the past and will try my best to avoid it in the future."

Unknown said...

Good going Legolambda! I found this one hard compared to last week - so I'm going to put my guess even lower than the rest of you - 301-350 for me :-) --Margaret G.

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, have you just returned from Cincinnati perhaps? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Eh, WW?
All-Star Game?

Mendo Jim

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Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, Cincinnati's slogan is "When Pigs Fly." I learned this during a l o n g layover there with my 2 kids.

Word Woman said...

Or maybe it was "Where Pigs Fly." You get the idea.

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There's two triples for the All Star Game! ;-)

Paul said...

651 - 700, please. Thanks.

legolambda said...

Re: When (where, who, why, what, how) pigs fly:
Those are the lyrics at the (curly) tail end of this song.
Any prez candidate who adopts this song as her/her campaign song automatically gets my vote.

Magdalen said...

Both versions of the answer ("anagrams of words in the Star-Spangled Banner" and "anagrams of words in the first stanza of the national anthem") are accurate. There's no need to specify the stanza.

Specifying the stanza is only relevant when it comes to Will Shortz's claim that very few other words in the English language have this property. But here's the thing: who among us knows, without looking it up, any of the lyrics in the other stanzas? I don't. Maybe you go from a handful of anagrammed words to a couple of dozen. I don't think it invalidates the puzzle, and it certainly doesn't invalidate the answer.

Paul said...

Well, you see, I thought very few other anagrams of words found anywhere in the SSB could be assembled into a quasi-meaningful sentence. But, there you go!

Ross Beresford said...

Legolambda you are the champ and I just donated $10 to KNSR. A new one for our collection. We're almost out of space on the bumper.