Sunday, September 20, 2015

He Mustered Some Ketchup

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the words FORETOLD and FOURFOLD. They start with homophones, FORE and FOUR, and they end with rhymes, TOLD and FOLD. The challenge is to find two common nine-letter compound words that have the same property. Specifically, the two homophones are each five letters long, and the rhymes have four letters each. What words are these?
How hard can it be? (Code language for "I'll let Ross solve it.")

Hah! You need no help solving it, clearly. You're all ready to submit your answer, so let's just get to the good stuff, where "good stuff" is this handy link to the NPR Contact Us Form.

Yup, Ross has an answer. We suspect there's more than one.

Okay, I asked Flickr for homophones--not a large selection, but I picked a few out for you:

The Petters

Bark Bark

Male Delivery Here Please

Eye Wood Knot

Cool Carp

Can't get over this sky

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.

I heard 317 and Ross (who'd picked unconscionably large last week) heard 317,000. Let's just say no one won. I'm guessing this week is easier than last week, but ALL of us over-shot the range last week. So...your pick is as good as mine!
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...

176-200 please!

Curtis said...

I guess I'm slightly more optimistic about this week's puzzle than Maggie. I'll go with 351 - 375.

Paul said...

I guess I like to think other people are as dumb as me. 101 - 125, please.

Mendo Jim said...

It will be interesting to see how the Puzzlemaster's apologists defend his ignorance of the definition of "homophone," the foundation of this weeks challenge.
It is not worth even looking for an answer when the footing is so shaky.

legolambda said...

Mendo Jim,
I am in the dark about your remark regarding Will Shortz’s “ignorance of the definition of homophone.” Do not “fore” and “four” fit the MW-Dictionary definition? Please explain. I respect your opinion.
501-550 for me this week, please.


B. Haven said...

551 - 600 range for this week please.

This puzzle probably has more than one answer, but the number of correct answers depends on what counts as "common." My answer seemed common enough for me to submit it this morning.

Word Woman said...

Trying out the new ranges (gas AND electric) -- 126-150, please.

Mendo Jim said...

I have learned over the years to listen carefully to what Wee Willy actually says in his wording of each week's puzzle.
Today he said something like:
"Homophones are words that are spelled differently but sound the same."
The full definition that you link to above is significantly different.
Blaine thinks relying on the website removes confusion.

legolambda said...

Thanks, MJ. I figured it might be something like that.


Fred said...

Easy one

Unknown said...

I wouldn't call this one especially easy, but after a look through some homonyms, and the dictionary, I did finally get it. So... do I think that many people will pore over the answer? well, some will. Last week I thought "how much easier can it get" but only 300-odd answers?! So this time, how about 42? Oh - you want a range? 26-50. --Margaret G.

Ross Beresford said...

I think this is the week for pouring over answers. We do it with tea.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Alex B. said...

My computer suggests there is only one answer. My computer has been wrong before.

Joe Kupe said...

201 - 225 please. Harder than last week so I am expecting less people, but alas, the team here in Rochester got it! Oh, and my third marathon is in the books! I just wish I knew the puzzle question prior to the marathon Sunday so I had something to mull over!

legolambda said...

Joe Kupe,

Please tell us about your marathon. Was it successful? Fun? Grueling?


Jay said...

Been away too much and missed the rearRANGEment in my last post. Trying to pay attention this time. Thought of some possible 5 letter words and then used a dictionary to look for possibilities. Got"it" on the third try. Not a marathon! Let's go with 401-425

Joe Kupe said...

This was my third and was my slowest, but it was with a good friend so we had a nice day together. I did Syracuse last fall, Burlington, VT in the spring and now Rochester was my third. We are trying for as many states as we can. Two down and 48 to go. Training in the summer heat can be a pain but race day was perfect with a high of 65! Also, last summer we started the Adirondack 46 High Peaks and to date we have eight complete and hope to finish then within ten years of starting! Puzzle solving is great when you are on a long run or climb!