Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Labors of the Day

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a well-known U.S. geographical place — two words; five letters in the first word, six letters in the last — that contains all five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once. It's a place that's been in the news. What is it?
In the ten minutes that I tried to solve this, I discovered two answers. One's been in the news and one (as far as I know) has not. I think there may be a lot of answers. Let the quibbling commence!

Pick your favorite answer among the many you've thought of, and send it in to NPR using their equally adaptable (and, in fact, recently adapted!) Contact Us form.

Moving on... I still have "September" photos for later in the month, but I thought I'd see what "Labor Day" gets me at Flickr. Good heavens! It's like a cornucopia of pretty pictures! I didn't even have to scroll down to get these:

Blue Mountain Village at Blue Hour

Ultimo sguardo al Massiccio della Presolana

It's never too late for a coffee with a friend

touring deep time in Greenland

München, Nymphenburger Schlosspark - Blick über den Schlossgarten Kanal Richtung Westen auf die große Cascade

Autumn as always came too soon

Sunrise Over the Bay

The Great Reno Hot Air Balloon Race 2012

I trust that's put everyone in the proper holiday weekend mood!

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.

Either the intern got instructed on the "right" way to count puzzle entries, or Thursday was a slow day with nothing better than count the entries, because we got a very specific number--1,358--rather than the "over 2,000" from last week. And Curtis wins!!! (Do we know what your preferred prize is, Curtis? Remind us, if you'd be so kind.)

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.


Word Woman said...

1951-2000 one more time, please. And, congrats, fellow Coloradoan, Curtis!

legolambda said...

Congrats to Curtis for a savvy range pick. He was pretty much out there on an island by himself (with Natasha and B. Haven close by) yet managed to prevail.

Will Shortz seems to serving up cream puffs lately. His clue, "It's a place that's been in the news" is hugely helpful. I will go with 1,201-1,250 this week please. Thank you.


Maggie Strasser said...

1351-1400 please.

Congrats Curtis! Let's see if this range is lucky for me this week.

Natasha said...

Cheers Curtis!! I select 1151-1200 ramge this week. Puzzle has a flaw, I think.

Curtis said...

My choice would be my local station, KCFR. I'll go with 1,301 - 1,350 this week.

Mendo Jim said...

I hope Will accepts Magdalen's alternate answers because he has his intended one wrong.

Natasha said...

The place is listed in two words on some online sites.

Magdalen said...

Ross and I make it a round 20 possible answers. One (Will Shortz's intended answer) is wrong for the reason noted; the other 19 aren't in the news. Ironically, the one I originally found is misspelled.

We'll provide the complete list on Thursday, and fully expect everyone to have their opinion ready then!

Henry BW said...

I saw the obvious answer before Will finished repeating the question, and I'm leaving it at that. My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

1001 to 1050. Been there(ish).

David said...

Magdalen, do any of your answers also have Y as a vowel?

Magdalen said...

David -- Of the 20 possible answers, five have a single Y in addition to the five other vowels.

Mendo Jim said...

Hints from every side!
Is there a term for the opposite of mea culpa, a la Will the Short's post at Blaine's?

Paul said...

Dab ym.
And, if the list on Thursday includes what I think it might, you may address me as Sir.

2,001 - 2,250 please.

Unknown said...

2251 - 2300 please. --Margaret G.

Mendo Jim said...

I thought I would try to get a youtube video to open yesterday.
Since it had "adult content" I had to sign in.
For the record, the adult content was an Israeli soldier choking and beating a 10 year old Palestinian boy with his arm in a cast.
I found what looked like an old, never used, Google password in an envelope of such. It worked and now almost everything I open says "Welcome Mendo Jim!"
There is now no Robot thing, so I will try to post without it.

Mendo Jim said...

Well my my, ain't that 21st century!

Item 2 of the PM's manifesto says, in part: "The instructions should be simple enough to be held in the head without being written down."
Darned if I don't remember in the dark old days, puzzles began, e.g.: "Write down the following numbers: 28, 38 ..." Wait, that was 6 weeks ago.

I wonder if this blog might get its own give-away hint from Will next week.
What about the thousands of paying customers who visit none of the blogs?

Before he tapes next week's episode on Friday, I think Will Shortz needs to think long and hard about how he wants to handle all of this week's mistakes and lack of candor.
I think this is serious trouble for the Sunday Puzzle.

Joe Kupe said...

501 - 550 please. No Y in this one, and it is definitely two words, not one!

Mendo Jim said...

Has anyone here had the opportunity to visit Uluru Rock?
Of course not, but Wikipedia has an interesting take on its "official" name.

I would like the occasionally useful 0-25 Range.

Marie said...

2501 -2750

Jay said...

Been away for too long--traveling,picking in garden (what the deer didn't get yet,) and getting a new computer (what a hassle.)
Could this be easier? Or have we been lead up the wrong path? Going with 2301-2350.

Paul said...

I think we've been molybdenum up the wrong path.

Word Woman said...

;-) Pb and Mo. . .