Sunday, November 15, 2015

Puzzle Over Synonyms

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a word that contains three consecutive letters of the alphabet together — like CANOPY, which contains NOP. Change these three letters to one new letter to make a synonym of the first word. What words are these?
I've got Ross working on this one. Just a matter of time, people! (He's done, well before I finished this post.)

Meanwhile, you need the all-important NPR Contact Us form so you can send in your answer (or answers; I don't know your life). Here it is!

What does SYNONYM get me over at Flickr? Plants, mostly. I've tried to mix in some other forms of life. Enjoy the synonymousness:

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credit crunch

מלים נרדפות לטיפה

Pachycephalidae - Western Golden Whistler

שפת הענן

Wetlands

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, either to the Red Cross, or, 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 again "over 600." Natasha won. (Let us know what prize you want, Natasha.) This week seems easy? Easier? I don't know, but you do, so pick a range!

Here are the 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.

14 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

376-400 please

Natasha said...

Wow!! Cannot believe I won. Please send contribution to KQED in San Francisco. I appreciate all you do for us puzzle bloggers, Magdalen and Ross. Gratefully, Natasha

Paul said...

601 - 650, please.

David said...

1001 to 1050. This was a one mile puzzle.

Seth said...

Does "one new letter" mean that it can't be one of the original three consecutive letters? If the new letter is allowed to be one of the three, I have a couple of (related) answers.

Unknown said...

751-800 please.

And yes, I read "one new letter" as "not one of the original three consecutive letters".

--Margaret G.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please. I hope Will tells us how many different answers were sent in. I suspect there are quite a few, though I stopped looking as soon as I found one.

Joe Kupe said...

801 to 850 please. We have an answer for one new letter and one of the existing three lettera, but submitted the one new letter!

Mendo Jim said...

I have been enjoying puzzles longer than Will, but he has made more money at it.
I never have been able to understand his reluctance to embrace solutions alternate to the one(s) he expects.
This challenge will provide some.
Ever the optimist, I'd like the 1301 plus range please.

B. Haven said...

1,101 - 1,150 for this week. I also like to make an optimistic guess.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Natasha. I just donated $10 to KQED in your honor.

Natasha said...

Ross, thank you so much for the donation to SF KQED. That is so generous of you. I hope they send you a thank you card.
Natasha

legolambda said...

Congrats, Natasha.

651-700, please.
There are alternative answers to this puzzle, I believe.

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Marie said...

I'm happy. I have an answer. 951-1000 please and thank you for the years of managing this fun little game and the generous donations!