Sunday, August 30, 2015

Paging Satchel...

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a famous movie in eight letters that has had multiple sequels. The title is one word. Rearrange its letters to get a two-word phrase for a satchel. What is it?
Ross has solved it and told me the answer. He has a mild objection. You may have stronger objections, which you're all welcome to discuss in the comment thread to the Thursday post. For today, it's no-hint Sunday.

Of course you don't need no stinkin' hints, as you've already solved it. So you sit quietly, tapping your foot, waiting for me to give you this: the hyperlink to the NPR Contact Us Form. Go ahead--submit your answer, I know you want to. We'll be here when you get back.

I asked Flickr for "satchel" and got a lot of photos of handbags (and some of a band--I swear every search term I use in Flickr has been used for a band's name, and every one of those bands has been photographed a zillion times!). But thanks to a lovely dog, I eked out six photos:

shark eye!

cause this is nothing like we ever dreamt


Child with school bag, Atlas Morocco


satchel sunshine

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.

So smart of Word Woman and Legolambda to pick one of the roundest numbers: 2,000. WW had the numbers leading up to and including 2,000; LL had 2,001 and up. Legolambda wins, as we heard Rachel announce it as "over 2,000." What we cannot know is whether the Unpaid Intern (who, I suspect, is new at the job--I think they switch over in August) eyeballed it and said, "Eh, call it 'over 2,000'" when it's really...just a large number. Doesn't matter! We have rules! And under those rules, LL wins (again). So, tell us what prize you want this time...

This week's puzzle seems similarly easy. What range do you want this time?

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.


Maggie Strasser said...

601-650 please

And speaking of last week's Snafu, I used to have a black & white cat named FUBAR.

Curtis said...

Given that this week showed a serious uptick in the number of entries, I'll go up to 1,351 - 1,400. This one is easy, maybe not as easy as last week. Once I saw the movie title, the answer popped out at me.

Word Woman said...

So close last week. Hopefully closer this week. I will stick with 1951-2000.

legolambda said...

I am again victorious! This is my fourth "pick-a-range" victory... but who's counting.

Actually, I agree with Magdalen that some green NPR intern (from Mars, perhaps) just said, "Wow, lotsa correct entries here. Let's just call it 'over 2,000.'"

So, I consider Word Woman and Mendo Jim my co-winners this week! We shall all stand not on three separate levels but together on the upper tier of the medal podium and mouth the Star Spangled Banner, and then all sing Kum-Ba-Yah!

In that spirit, Magdalen and Ross, would it be inappropriate to allow you two, the purveyors of this excellent blog, to decide yourselves this week in which manner YOUR prize money may best be spent?


Natasha said...

I select the 1501-1550 range, please. Must be a census week for NPR.

legolambda said...

You may be right, Natasha. Boost those numbers! This puzzle is easy but not as easy as last week's. It's not a bad puzzle, though. Will Shortz really does like anagrams.

I'll pick 1101-1150 this week, please. Thanks.


David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Satchel is a venerable term and brings to my mind something far from Will's intended answer.
Anagrams, the cotton candy of puzzles.

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, SPUN PUNS?

B Haven said...

1,601 - 1650 for this week please. This one seems easy but not as easy as last week.

legolambda said...

Incidentally, Joe Kupe also deserves some “Kupe-kudos” for his pick last week. On August 27 at 2:03 PM, he wrote:
“Easy Cheesy Lemon Squeezy! 2001 (A Space Odyssey) to 2,250. Thanks!”
As many of us have done (it is easy-cheesy-lemon-squeezy to do!) Joe overlooked my posted pick, so, according to AESAP rules, his pick was alas necessarily disqualified. But it was still an excellent pick!


Unknown said...

I solved this one more quickly than last week's, so since nobody else has claimed it, I'm going to pick the 2251-2500 range. Congrats to Legolambda for his 4th win! He's probably the reason I got this puzzle's solution so quickly. --Margaret G.

Ross Beresford said...

Our $10 prize in honor of Legolambda has gone to the NPR Foundation, which supports the NPR Internship Program inter alia.

Word Woman said...

Nice. The new interns' motto: No Puzzles Reused?

legolambda said...

Thank you, Ross. Very fine choice. You and Magdalen have a good sense of worthy recipients of largess.


Joe Kupe said...

Legolamda, thanks for the Kudos! In honour of Jerry Seinfeld I will go with 901 - 950!

Joe Kupe said...

Wow, just submitted my answer and there is a whole new form and it does not even ask for the phone number. I had to add it in the notes section where I answered!

Natasha said...

I just wrote to NPR about the omission of contact phone number.

Word Woman said...

The bug has been fixed. You may now add your phone number.

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