Sunday, August 2, 2015

Animal Instincts--You Got 'Em!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name two animals. Exchange their initial consonant sounds, and the result in two words will be the name of a third animal. What is it?
Ross is herd at work on this one. (See what I did there? Animal puns are welcome in the comments, just no hints.)

You, of course, are as sharp as a tick--no sloth, you!--and you've already solved it. Here's your reward: a sleepy summertime NPR Contact Us form, curled up in the sunshine, ready for you to fill in and submit your answer!

Let's see what August has to offer over at Flickr!

French House In The Hills

St Mawes

Harrison Hot Springs (explored!)

Khaju Bridge, Isfahan

Stóra Dímun - View to Lítla Dímun - Faroe Islands

Λίμνη Πολυφύτου, Κοζάνη [explored]

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.

There were over 315 entries last week, so I win! Confetti for everyone!! And this week, we have animal sounds. Lots of people or just a few? Count the spots on a leopard, or use the dart method? You pick!

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.

15 comments:

Paul said...

1 - 50, please.

Word Woman said...

My guesses have been much too high lately so, like Paul, I am going low with 151-200. 'Tis an august guess, no matter what, I suppose ;-).

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Alex B. said...

Yeah, I think this one is hard. I came up with an answer that's okay, but there may be a better one out there.

David said...

201 t0 250, please.

Word Woman said...

If you listen carefully on a summer's night you can hear the tapping snurtles. . .

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Unknown said...

I don't think my brain works as well in high temperatures. I'll go with 101-150. -- Margaret G.

Maggie Strasser said...

351-400 please.

Heartbroken over last weeks Edsel photo. I wish I could go back in time and purchase one - they're so beautifully ugly.

B. Haven said...

251-300 please for this week. Possibly this puzzle has more than one answer. but maybe a low number of submissions, because it's August also.

legolambda said...

This puzzle seems like it should be easy, but it's tough. I like it. Give Will credit for some really nice recent puzzles.

I'll take the 51-100 range which I believe, is still unclaimed.

Maggie S.,
Yes, Edsels are so beautifully ugly... and uglyly beautiful!

LegoMyTwo-WordAnimalIsACousinOfDiscoDuckButHasADauberInItsBeak...Dingo,Buck..._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Alex B. said...

I agree with LL. I thought last week's puzzle was great, and this one too.

Joe Kupe said...

301 - 350 please. We still have no answer with less than fifteen hours to go.