Sunday, October 4, 2015

Nightclubs R Us?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a two-word term for someone who might be working at a nightclub. The second letter of the first word is a consonant. Move that letter so it's the second letter of the second word, and phonetically you'll get a made-up, two-word term for someone else who might work at a nightclub. What persons are these?
Hmm. We don't much go to nightclubs. So all I can report is that we're "working on it."

You must go to nightclubs every night of the week, because you've solved it already. All you're waiting for is great music and this NPR Contact Us Form, dressed to the nines.

Here's what Flickr had to offer for "night club," once I rejected all the photos with people in them. (There was an awesome photo for "nightclub," but it wasn't Creative Commons. You can see it here.)

Paris, les quais de Seine

Until the dark

Italy - Milan Night Life

Follow Me to Crescent Lake (Explored)

On The Road To Success

Night Club, Bratislava

Serenity's Pathway (Explored)

Italy - Milan Canal Sunset

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 629. Maggie Strasser is our winner this week! And now we all get to pick anew, even if we don't (yet) know the answer.

Here are the NEW ranges:
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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.

17 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

I was hoping Magdalen's transcription would clear up the uncertainty I had upon hearing the challenge, but no.
Does the moved letter replace or supplement the original second letter in the second word?

Il Duce, this time!

legolambda said...

Congrats on your correct pick this week, Maggie S.!

I like Will's puzzle this week. 251-275 for me, please. Thanks.

LegoIsInAweOfMaggieTheMagnificentRangePicker

Curtis said...

I don't really associate the first profession with nightclubs per se, but I'll go with it. 351 - 375 this week, please. And, to Answer Mendo Jim, the letter supplements the original second letter, adding one letter to the length of the word.

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks, Curtis, I finally figured that out, got what I think is the intended answer plus another just as good (bad?).

David said...

501 to 550, please.

Marie said...

551-600 please and thank you!

Joe Kupe said...

Nothing yet, still working on an answer, but just wanted to let everyone know NPR's deadline for this week is Wednesday at 3pm, not Thursday!

HenryBW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Paul said...

651 - 700, please!
Chivalry is not dead.

B. Haven said...

This week 201 - 225, please. Nice photos of the outsides of nightclubs in beautiful settings.

Unknown said...

301-325 please. --Margaret G.

Maggie Strasser said...

326-350 please.

May I try a puzzle book this time??
Thanks!!

Magdalen said...

Of course, Maggie -- just email me [ magdalen -at- crosswordman -dot- com ] with your address and we'll get that out to you.

Jay said...

Have not been to a night club in over 40 years and have no clue! Maybe others are having as much trouble as me/us. Will go with 226-250

Joe Kupe said...

We got nothing! That being so we'll go with 176 - 200. But we do have twenty more minutes to try and solve!

Joe Kupe said...
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Joe Kupe said...

We just got it, entering it now!