Sunday, August 23, 2015

Short & Sweet, High & Tight

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a famous military figure of the past 50 years. The first three letters of his first name and the first three letters of his last name are both well-known military abbreviations. Who is it?
I'll wait for the curmudgeons to say if this one is FUBAR.

Of course, your powers of abbreviations are AOK, so you solved it ASAP and merely need the NPRCUF (presented here in its unabbreviated form) to submit your answer.

Lots of photos today. Although it's actually quite cool here right now, this time of the year makes me think of the "dog days of summer." So that's what I typed in to Flickr:

Mother and her Children

Dog Days of Summer

365-217, Weekly Theme: Water

Dog Days at Taos Pueblo

Beach Fun

Dog Dayz of Summer

Looking Back

DSCN2606

Misty day on Melkbos

REMEMBER: THE PICK-A-RANGE CHART HAS CHANGED! (Read last 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.

Sure enough, after rattling off all the different answers Will accepted, the number out of Rachel's mouth was a round "100." No one picked that low, and we know this week will be MUCH HIGHER. No worries--those lower ranges in the NEW range chart will come into play again soon.

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.

13 comments:

legolambda said...

Easiest NPR puzzle ever. 2,001-2,250, please.

Magdalen & Ross. I received the "amazing present" in the mail. It truly is aMAZEing! Thank you.

LegoLambayrinthine

Paul said...

1,501 - 1,550, please.
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Curtis said...

Very EZ indeed. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400, this week.

Natasha said...

I select the 301-325 range,please.

B Haven said...

1,401 - 1,450 range for this week please. Enjoy the week ahead.

Unknown said...

I don't usually do well with this kind of puzzle, but I didn't have to look far for the answer this time. Put me down for 1201-1250 please. --Margaret G.

Anonymous said...

FUBAR is way too strong for this week's challenge.
The milder SNAFU is a little more appropriate, but still over the top even for this admitted (and briefly, long ago military person of no fame) curmdgeon.
It just seems to be part of Puzzlemaster's unexplainable inconsistency in his offerings and fuzzy understanding of his audience.
I think his overuse of anagrams is a good example of this understanding. The on-air guy beat him at this game as I never could.

2251 and up seems like a possibility.

Let's try Anonymous, since CAPT PITA has it in for Mendo Jim this morning.
Well, about four tries and MJ and now 6+ as Anon. Good thing I am retired.
Now 8. Do you want to know FUBAR? Google and Blogger!

David said...

1001 to 1050 again, please.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.
Even I got this one fairly soon, without any reference works.

Word Woman said...

1951-2000, please.

Such a joy to be in Colorado right now, even with the haze from the northwest.

legolambda said...

Word Woman,

I realize Washington State has legalized haze-producing products, but aren't Coloradans capable of also producing their own haze?

LegoSoThat'sWhatTheyMeanByPurpleMountains'Marijuesty

Word Woman said...

Indeed. My eyes are smarting, though, from these particulates (which do make gorgeous sunsets.) Thursday's predicted rain ought to clear things.

Joe Kupe said...

Easy Cheesy Lemon Squeezy! 2001 (A Space Odyssey) to 2,250. Thanks!