Sunday, September 13, 2015

Top Line O'Type

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
It's a well-known curiosity that the longest common unhyphenated word that can be typed on the top row of a typewriter or computer keyboard is TYPEWRITER.

Find a common hyphenated word in 12 letters that can be typed using only the keys on the top row of a typewriter or computer keyboard.
Ross got this immediately. (I was still fuming over "common usage.")

As fast as Ross was, you're even faster. Which is why I apologize for delaying your entry by not loading this special, all-QWERTY, \PR {O\T|{|{T U] }OR\ (NPR Contact Us Form) sooner.

Time for more September photos. Where we live at least, today is going to be classic fall weather: cool, damp, with a chance of showers. Tomorrow--and all of next week, in fact--we're back to summer. Gotta love September!

Beside the Still Waters

Orloj

Kingdom of the Eagle

Twilight field (widescreen)

'Bioluminescent Waves & Aurora' - Anglesey

Barca varada (Explorer)

Through the fields

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.

The magic number this week was 930, and no one won. I'm guessing this week is easier than last week, but most 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.

18 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

376-400 please

Natasha said...

951-1000 range, please.

Seth said...

This is a fine bit of trivia in its own right, but in my opinion it's far too Google-able. Took me about 5 seconds to find the answer plastered all over the internet. I won't be submitting the answer though.

Mendo Jim said...

So much for Willy's computer avoidance.
Took two clicks.

legolambda said...

As Seth and Mendo Jim said, in different words/search engines, too duck-duck-goosable. I will choose 851-900, please.

Legoosable

B. Haven said...

1,301 - 1,350 range for this week, please. Happy September. I enjoyed the September photos.

Paul said...

901 - 950, please.

Curtis said...

There are easy ways to find the answer to this week's puzzle, which I won't mention here. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

Mendo Jim said...

Would it have been more accurate if Willy the PM had asked for a word that is sometimes, usually or often hyphenated?

Henry BW said...

Even I got this one, without using any artificial aids at all, in about 5 minutes. My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW said...

Of course, if you really want to split hairs, no hyphenated word can be typed using only the keys on the top row of a typewriter or computer keyboard, because there is no common keyboard layout in which the hyphen itself is on that row.

Paul said...

If you want to get technical about it, the only letter on the top row of my keyboard is F (as in F1 thru F12). No, I lied: there's Esc, Insert, Delete, PrtSc, and Pause. I use 'Esc' quite a bit. I'm sure someone knows what the rest of them are good for.

Mendo Jim said...

Henry: Thanks!
Another example of the PM's not trying the challenge himself.
If he had made the effort, he might have said "the letters" and not "the keys" on the top row and avoided another SNAFU.

Joe Kupe said...

I'm going back and forth on this one, but here goes, 501-550 please!

Unknown said...

I'll chose the 2001-2250 range. Thanks! --Margaret G.

Natasha said...

I would have thought that the hyphen should be on the same line as the letters. The puzzle seems to imply that anyway as far as I am concerned.

Word Woman said...

1951-2000, again, please.

Marie said...

1401-1450, please and, thank you.