Sunday, August 16, 2015

Lei It on Us!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
This is an open-ended challenge. Take the word EASILY. You can rearrange its letters to spell SAY and LEI. These two words rhyme even though they have no letters in common.

What is the longest familiar word you can find that can be anagrammed into two shorter words that rhyme but have no letters in common? The two shorter words must have only one syllable. I have my best answer, which I've given to NPR. Next week we'll compare that to your best.
By open-ended, I believe Will Shortz does not mean you get to take all the time you want, but rather there is no one certain answer. But your interpretation may differ.

One thing I do know is that you haven't "solved" this one yet. But you will. And when you do, may I suggest you try this insouciant little NPR Contact Us Form as the perfect accompaniment for your answer?

I bet we get some really pretty photos if I ask Flickr for its leis.

View of Maui from the lanai at Hale Lei Lani on Molokai

lei'd and coconut ice cream : hana highway, maui, hawi'i

Mickey heart leis

Wanneer de lage lucht er grijs als leisteen is

rock climbing @ lei pi shan, yangshuo china

Lei Yue Muen, 1 Jul 2010


REMEMBER: THE PICK-A-RANGE CHART HAS CHANGED! (Read Thursday's post for an explanation.) Be sure to look over your choices carefully before picking.

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 1,300 entries last week for the Seattle Seat Belt. No one won, which is good for me because I still need to package up Legolambda's amazing present from the week before. (It's going today, I promise, LL!) And now we have a "creative" challenge of sorts. These tend not to be heavily subscribed, but I could be wrong about that. Oh, well, at least we'll have fun working out our NEW pick with the NEW range chart!

Here are the NEW ranges:
   0 - 25
 26 - 50
 51 - 75
 76 - 100
101 - 125
126 - 150
151 - 175
176 - 200
201 - 225
226 - 250

251 - 275
276 - 300
301 - 325
326 - 350
351 - 375
376 - 400
401 - 425
426 - 450
451 - 475
476 - 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 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,500
2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

More than 5,000
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.").  As of August, 2015, 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...

A new range pick and open-ended answers -- that's a horse of a different color!

Are we guessing how many will participate or how many match or best Will's carefully-deposited-in-the-NPR secret vault answer?

Or perhaps a dual guess this week with two possible answers and two possible prizes ;-)?

Magdalen and Ross, please advise.

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Mendo Jim said...

This challenge is deliciously fraught.
Magdalen's title could have begun "Is yours...?"
I imagine she will shortly revisit her summary.

I also think it may be a repeat.

I like the new, less pushy CAPT PITA. He or she now lets me through after a few failed connections without a test.

Magdalen said...

WW -- We use whatever number they give us. Usually it's the number of entries even if there are wrong answers included. If they limit themselves to say how many people sent in the right answer, then that's the number we use.

They could break with tradition and say, "Over X people sent in answers, and Y of those had the winning answer," we'll honor both numbers. But, realistically, they'll just say how many entries they had.

In any event, your job is to predict the number that will be announced next Sunday.

legolambda said...

I'll choose 1,101-1.150, please...

What on earth could be more pleasant
Than winning an AMAZING PRESENT?
I'm, when it comes to swag, all in!
My thanks to Ross and Magdalen!

My address in Minnesota has not changed, M&R.


Word Woman said...

I am going with the X, Y option. I predict 651-700 will send in answers but only 0-25 will get equal to or more than Will's answer.
(No worries about winning; I just like guessing).

Magdalen, the second half of the puzzle is missing above. . .

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Alex B. said...

I have two good answers -- one that relies on a word that is somewhat less than familiar, and a slightly shorter one that I think is Will's. We'll see if the longer one gets accepted.

No clue on the range this week.

Alex B. said...

What's the shortest possible answer? Is it ERA, which anagrams to A and RE?

Unknown said...

I have an answer but I expect it is too short. Still, I am going with it. And my guess is that not many are going to even attempt this. So... how about 226-250? --Margaret G.

David said...

Some of us are now dereanged, but not me. I'll stick with 1001 to 1050.

Curtis said...

This type of open-ended challenge makes it tough to guess how many listeners will attempt an answer. I'll go with 351 - 375 this week.

Mendo Jim said...

I came across another Blogger blog yesterday that was identical in every way to this one except:
The blog itself opened quickly.
The comments section opened quickly.
The anti-robot foofah opened the first time and CAPT PITA went about his business without delay and cleared my post post haste.
What a nice change.
So far I am into this effort about 15 minutes with the connection failing before the last row of pics. Try again....

Anonymous said...

I found the earlier Shortzian challenge of which this is a variation. It was, say, oh about five years ago or maybe a little less. Link tomorrow.
My interpretation of that puzzle and this is that if you have an answer in 12 letters or more, you are on the way to a pin.
Actually, 10 might do it.
Mendo Jim

B. Haven said...

251 - 275 for the range this week. New ranges are fun. Thank you. This puzzle was not only oddly open-ended but also subjective to say what is a familiar word.

At some point, puzzle players need to stop looking at words and send in the best three words they have. Or maybe they'll get tired and not send in their solution.