Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recycling...Good for the Planet, But Here--?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the name of a well-known actress — four letters in the first name, nine letters in the last. Insert a letter between the second and third letters of the first name. Remove the last two letters of the last name. The result is a two-word phrase that means "freedom."
I'm not usually this blog's resident curmudgeon, but even I am getting annoyed with the Puzzlemaster. Does it not bother him that he's already used this puzzle, and within the last two years? He can search this blog (among other places) to find out which ones he's used. (And if that makes the puzzle easier to solve, fine. He made that bed, not I.)

On Thursday, I'll provide a link to the LAST time he used the exact same actress and word manipulation. For now, you'll just have to settle for the link to the NPR Contact Us page, all primed to roll its eyes and say, "Oh no, not again with this actress!"

I asked Henry, who's visiting, what he wanted to see for the photos today. "Oh, heck," he responded automatically while thinking about it. Here ya go, Master H:


Oh Heck!
And yes, I'm using this again. It's a theme, people.

Slice of the Nightlife

Oh Heck!! Revisited

PHOTO: Today in... Oh heck, I don't know where this is, but it sure is purty.

Then Ross suggested "recycling" for obvious reasons (see my comments, above). Here ya go, Ross:

recycled houses

Recycling Regiment 2


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.

We got two magic numbers today: They received "over 1,000" entries, of which 600 were correct. No one guessed the range containing 600, so we have only one winner. It's Maggie Strasser again, who snaffled up what I still think of as "David's Range" and came in a winner. Another contribution to WAMC, Maggie?

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.


Curtis said...

Since this is a repeat, though not word-for-word, I'll go high: 1,351 - 1,400.

Word Woman said...

I'll go higher, please, 2001-2050.

And, I am joining the Curmudgeon Club this week, as well. Oh, heck, Will Shortz, oh heck! "Heck the Halls with Boughs of Jolly" Not!

Word Woman said...

Oops, just looked at the ranges. 2001-2250, please.

Natasha said...

i select the 601-650 range, please.

Maggie Strasser said...

Yes, WAMC again please.

and 1451-1500 range for this week.

legolambda said...

Recycled but clever. 701-750, please.

Congrats to Maggie Strasser for her pick-a-range victory, and congrats also to B. Haven for being soooo close.

We have five (count 'em, FIVE) fresh puzzles over on Puzzleria! (see the blogroll on the right margin of this fine AESAP blog).


Richard said...

1501 - 1550 please.

B. Haven said...

651 - 700 for this week, please.

Disappointing puzzle this week. Maybe listeners will get an answer but not send it in. It's not only the difficulty of the puzzle but the motivation to send in a correct response that are factors in the number. We'll see.

Unknown said...

I'll go lower, just for fun. 501-550. --Margaret G.

Mendo Jim said...

There is some disagreement about whether curmudgeonhood is ladylike, but here we have two.

I wonder if the guy who submitted this rerun knew of its status.

I think maybe all of us have at one time or another tried to provide Wee Willy with clever and timely challenges to use.
What is the process he uses to choose? Maybe I need to re-read his recent manifesto.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Henry BW said...

A grating in a river to catch fish; a rack for drying cheese; a piece of a spinning wheel for guiding the yarn to the reel. There are other meanings, but I thought these were the most fun.

Joe Kupe said...

401 - 450 please. Even though it is a repeat it is not a common spelling so we may not get as many responses. 450 took it last time for this one so I will try it here again!

Paul said...

I wasn't sure the last time, and I'm not sure this time. Is (or was) that thing in picture #2 a ship? It wouldn't be The Wresperus, would it?
I'll take WW's remnant. 2,251 - 2,500 please.

Jay said...

My eyesight isn't what it used to be--doubled up last week. So after rechecking I'll go with 801-850. My memory isn't that good either, so I don't remember this from before. Got it while walking through the studio's kiln room. Had to check the spelling, though.

Ross Beresford said...

Maggie's range-picking skills have just brought WAMC another $10. Congrats.