Sunday, September 27, 2015

Uno Puzzlé Italiano

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a famous Greek person from history. Rearrange the letters of the name to get the title of a famous Italian person from history. Who are these two people?
Ross can anagram in his head. I needed help. That's all I'm saying about that.

You need no help, well, other than this NPR Contact Us form linked to here, and even that you could get for yourself. I'm just saving you a tiny bit of effort.

Not surprisingly, asking Flickr for "thinking cap" (in honor of today's on-air puzzle) led to a lot of knitted hats. But asking just for "thinking" led to this:

a place to think

she's all that i think of

Thinking..(againg)

The Thinking Kangaroo |  Great Ocean Road

Gray Whale Cove Beach Rocks as the golden sun thinks about setting over our globe, Northern California Coast, USA

Think of.....YoU


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.

Today's magic number is 340. I picked the slot below that one, and Curtis picked the slot above, but no one won. Which just goes to show that your picks are 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.

16 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

601-650 please.

and i got this one within 5 minutes!

Mendo Jim said...

Yep. Under five minutes (by quite a bit, actually).
IIRC, about the same as last time ten years ago.

B Haven said...

301 - 325, for this week please. Got it, but guess fewer entries than last week.

Not related to this puzzle specifically, I share an observation that we've had so many changes in knowledge and puzzle answers in our hands during the past 17 years: Google Doodle celebrates their 17th birthday on Sept. 27. http://goo.gl/KKlAl2

legolambda said...

276-300 for me this week, please. It is a good puzzle, not easy to track down using cybertools. Thank you.

LegoGrecoRomanWrestlingInATagTeamCageMatchVersusThe"MassiveMasterOfMystification"AndThe"BigBurlyBallOfConfusion"

David said...

We may never see over 1000 correct again, so 501 to 550, please. It took me about 2 miles of running to get the answer.

Unknown said...

I'll guess 376-400 (because I have absolutely no idea!) --Margaret G.

Paul said...

OMG!!
Google Doodle can vote in the 2016 election!!
Blood moon or no blood moon, the apocalypse is at hand!

426 - 450, please.

Mendo Jim said...

The last time Willy used this puzzle, he provided the number of letters in the name/title as well as the time frame for the Italian dude.
660 responses that time, so 651-700 sounds like a good guess.

Also last time he mispronounced half of the answer.

Word Woman said...

B Haven et al, no doodles but also no tracking your every move: duckduckgo.com

176-200, please.

B. Haven said...

It has a duck or two, so it's good in addition to no tracking.

Curtis said...

It took some time to track down the last time this puzzle came up , mostly because early archives didn't show the text of the puzzler archive. So, I listened to the first minute of several until I found the one I needed. I'll try 151 - 175; I doubt this title comes to mind for most folks when hearing this person's name. I think many would vaguely recognize the title, though.

Jay said...

Maybe you need to be a bit "older" to have the title come to mind. Doubt that either person has a Facebook page! Perhaps a senior moment helps. Actually, Mary Ann came up with the title and I got the Greek. Will go with 401-425

Word Woman said...

Hmmmm, scarily enough, the Greek person has a FB community page with 30+ followers while the Italian titular person has a FB community page with 45,000+ followers.

Fred said...

551-600
seems easy enough

Joe Kupe said...

Still struggling and only a few hours to go, based on that we'll go with 126 - 150.

Natasha said...

Late submission today for me. I select 451-475 range, please.
Thanks.