Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ira's Friends Know Harry Potter?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
The seven words in the following sentence have something very unusual in common — something that almost no other words in the English language share. What is it?
"Ira saw three emigrants restock large wands."
We have Henry here, so with three of us here, how can we fail? (Actually, quite easily. And while I'm thinking of failure, wasn't the on-air contestant, Arushi, great? Especially because I, too, hear "ant" and not "aunt.") Of course we'll get it eventually, even if the answer hasn't presented itself just yet. [Edited to add: We solved it over breakfast! I'll post one or two of the "other words in the English language" that have this quality, so please forebear from slipping them into your comments. Thanks.]

You have no such trouble, which is why I'll just leave this clickable version of the NPR Contact Us form here for your convenience.

Here are some photos of JULY!

Slice of paradise

Summer sun [explored]

the other side

July 7 2009 Extravaganza - Prediction = True

The Ingenious Cottage Garden at Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Aims [Explored]

Moonrise / Sunset [Explore]

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.

More than 540 entries for AL GREEN shopping at WALGREENS, so Joe Kupe is our winner this week. (Let us know what prize you want, Joe!) How do you feel about Ira and his three amigos with their wands? Pick a range by saying hocus pocus 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...

Arushi was terrific. Especially enjoyed her saying "We figured it was a singer we didn't know."

201-250, please.

Maggie Strasser said...

601-650 please

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks to Magdalen and Blaine I am no longer trying to figure out what I misheard as "large lawns," when Will actually used the common phrase "...large wands."

Alarm bells ring at "almost no other words." We have been there before.

The BC wonders if Will recognizes his responsibility to keep bright young puzzle players such as today's engaged in the hobby by working to produce worthy puzzles.

Word Woman said...

Agreed, Mendo Jim. . . Arushi's comments made me wonder which singer would be most well-known to both the 15- and 50+ year-old crowd.

Paul said...

Think of a singer whose stage name consists of two four-letter words, each containing at least one postal abbreviation. You might even be able to get a five-month-old to tell you this one. And I know Tony Bennett knows who it is.

Curtis said...

351 - 400, please.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

B. Haven said...

151-200 range this week, please.

Happy July. Nice July photos.

legolambda said...

301-350, please. Kinda tough.


Unknown said...

I'll choose the 751-800 range this time. --Margaret G

legolambda said...

Mendo Jim and Word Woman are correct about the prudence of writing puzzles appealing to a young audience. I plan to take those words to heart somewhat at Puzzleria. And Paul, as usual, gave an instant example of what we need more of. (Gag me with a tuning, fork, Paul.)

Will’s puzzle this week was timely and clever, IMO. The answers to the three Puzzleria! blog puzzles under the “Menu” section this week, when considered as a trio, were also timely. (All three are “foodie” puzzles.) After you have solved the NPR conundrum (and many of you have!) please check them out. Thank you.


Anonymous said...

I want the answer...NOW! Kill the cute stuff. What is the answer. "ant" was good- Pow! Take that, Shortzie!

Joe Kupe said...

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Still working on this week's answer but did get an answer to Paul's question! Thanks Crosswordmanblog! This is my sixth Crosswordmanblog win! Please donate $10 in my honour to my local NPR station, WXXI 1370 AM in Rochester, NY. Still working on this week's puzzle and a range!

Ross Beresford said...

Congrats Joe Kupe. I think you must be the Winningest Picker. WXXI is $10 the richer for it today.

Paul said...

51 - 100, please.

Thanks, legolambda & Joe Kupe; your observations have been entered into my database.

Anonymous said...

Lego: I think that all that aspiring young enigmatologists need are rigorous puzzles.

No self-respecting robot would spend a tenth of the time I spend f'ing with CAPT PITA!

Paul said...

I guess this doesn't really give away anything pertinent to this week's NPR puzzle.


I'll be damned.

Word Woman said...

I knew who you meant by the southern state abbreviations. . .Great clip, Paul.

Jay said...

Haven't got a clue yet, well maybe, but my wife doesn't agree--and she is usually right! Going with 251-300.

Joe Kupe said...

401 - 450, please. Finally got it, with a little help form my friends! Thanks Ross for the donation to WXXI. I have been the selected caller and have won the range, now for the Triple Crown I need Will to choose one of my questions!