Sunday, August 9, 2015

Road Trip!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name part of a car. Drop the fifth letter. Now reverse the order of the last three letters. The result, reading from left to right, will name a major American city. What city is it?
I solved this on my own--but only because Ross is still in bed.

You solved it even sooner, because that's how you roll. Well, drive on over to the newly-detailed, buffed & polished NPR Contact Us form and get your answer in!

In honor of the bunny hare/honey bear being the answer to last week's puzzle, here are some photos, about which I have a funny story. I first typed in "Honey Bear" and the vast majority of the thumbnails were by a photographer named "Love Chan." It looked like the snaps from a honeymoon. There were a few photos I liked, but when I selected them, I was told "This photo is no longer available." My guess? The relationship didn't last, so the photographer yanked the pix. Oh, well, I then tried "Bunny Hare" and did rather better. (But I got the same error message with one of my Bunny Hare photos--you can see it here--so it must be a new feature on Flickr. Not sure what the feature is or does, other than make my life harder. That's the nature of progress, I suppose.)

Cold Bunny

Sun Bears at Samboja, Indonesian Borneo

Tiny Gamer


waiting for easter

Hamilton, Novato, California

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 70 entries last week for the Honey Bear, so legolambda won. I have an amazing present, if you want it, LL. This week, we're back with the American city, a popular point of reference for puzzlers. On the other hand, it's still summer. What say you? Throw a dart at the chart, or at an American map?

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...

Pens Calo! 1501-1550, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Would someone please post a link to a photograph of a honey bear?

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim -- According to Wiki, the term honey bear can refer to an American black bear, because they like to eat honey. For what that's worth...

Word Woman said...

Honey Bear or Kinkajou. Mendo Jim, it was also my profile picture at the end of last week.

Natasha said...

501-550 range, please.

legolambda said...

“An amazing present!?”
Say no more, Magdalen. I’m in. I have always been a pushover when it comes to “faaaabulous prizes and lovely parting gifts, Don Pardo!”

I believe this week’s puzzle is much easier than the honey bear conundrum from last week. And yet the summer puzzle doldrums remain upon us. There is just too much summer fun to be had! Puzzles get put on the back burner, simmering till summer falls into winter before springing back into summer.

I have not noticed a decline in page views and comments over on my Puzzleria! blog, however. Indeed, we’ve encountered an uptick this summer. (Personally, I have encountered a woodtick or two this summer. But let’s not get into that!)

Puzzleria! is offering six baked-fresh puzzles this week. (Some might say “half-baked!) I have been blessed with an amazingly bright, clever and witty group of commenters on my blog, many who also comment of this wonderful blog. (Magdalen and Ross have graciously included a link to Puzzleria! on their “Blogroll” section, situated on the right side of their blog page.)

I’ll go with 401-450 this week please. Thank you. And thank you in advance, Magdalen and Ross, for the “amazing present.” Can hardly wait. Indeed, I’m on proverbial pins and needles!

LegOuch!(Guess they’reNotSoProvervialAfterAll!)

Word Woman said...

Lego, we are pro vervial, pro gumption, pro go out and grab life's gusto over here.

Congrats on your low guess. Were you one of the 70+ correct answers, btw?

Paul said...

1,451 - 1,500, please.
I have my reasons.

Joe Kupe said...

Seems everyone has this one already, except I! Still working on it. 601 -650 please.

Unknown said...

Congrats to LegoLambda! and for this week, I'll choose 301-350. I just about gave up when I heard the "drop letter 5, and reverse last three letters", and I think the "summer doldrums" will continue to keep the numbers down. (I did solve last week's and this week's, though no call from Will yet.) --Margaret G.

Unknown said...

And for Mendo Jim: --Margaret G.

legolambda said...

Margaret G.,
Thanks for the congrats and sweet grapes. You and Paul, the "wry slices to my ham," were so close, yet so no-cigar!

Each evening I bed down, before I will lay my head down, I say a little prayer for you and Paul to range-pick and Will-solve correctly and thus be showered with grailstorms of fabulous prizes... (and, oh yes, also sprinkled with that cheap NPR lapel pin trinket.)


David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that the Honey Bear is the Sun Bear.

Shill Wortz said...

No, no, no. A Honey Bear is a Sloth Bear!

Word Woman said...

Shill Wortz come to life! Write it and he appears, and shilly. . .

Mendo Jim said...

Wiki has something about a Yellow or Golden Lab, too.

It is a tough one to pin down, if you ask me.
Maybe there isn't such a thing.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.
This one is much easier than last week's, because it can be approached systematically.
OED recognizes the honey-bear (hyphenated) as either the kinkajou or potto, Cercoleptes caudivolvulus, or the sloth-bear, Melursus labiatus. Chambers shows it as two words, and adds the Malayan bear.

Paul said...

I still say ...

Alex B. said...

Last week's could be approached systematically as well, unless I am missing your meaning of "systematically"

Word Woman said...

Alex B., very good point. "Systematically" is great unless "bunny" and "honey bear" don't show up on lists of animals. . .I enjoyed the out of the box (turtle) thinking needed to solve the honey bear of a puzzle.

Major U. S cities list? Not too much wiggle/creative room there. . .

Mendo Jim said...

Think of two casually used popular names for somewhat related animals.
Reverse the initial sounds of these names to get the equally loosely used names, in two words, of four other animals native to very widely spaced geographical areas.

I think this may have gotten more than 70 correct submissions. Or maybe not.

Paul said...

It depends, MJ, is "Huh?' a correct submission?

Barbara H. said...
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B. Haven said...

1601-1650 for this week please. This one seems as easy as pie, π, or maybe last January's TWO in FORT WORTH.

Richard said...

301-350 please. I didn't find it so easy, but then, I've been enjoying the summer instead.

Curtis said...

It looks like no one's taken the 351 - 400 range, so I'll grab it. For what it's worth, I found it easier to work backward from a list of cities, rather than look through lists of car parts.