Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
This week's Thanksgiving challenge comes from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif. It's not very hard. The following three Thanksgiving dishes have something very unusual in common:
  • Spit-roast turkey
  • Cornbread stuffing
  • Boiled squash
What is it they have in common, and can you name one other thing that might be served at Thanksgiving dinner that has the same property?
Easily solved--once Ross wakes up, that is. (Actually, I thought of an answer and Ross found another, so we have two dishes to bring to the feast.)

You don't need a sleeping spouse to solve this! All you need, frankly, is the NPR Contact Us form (covered with marshmallows for the holiday!) presented to you here on a platter. Remember to submit your answer by Wednesday--which is also when the next blog post will go up.

Interesting. I searched Flickr for Thanksgiving and I got no food (I'm not counting the photo of a wild turkey because it was still upright and gobbling). Here's what I've picked for you:

Harbour Lands Park Sunset View

Red Sunset Silhouettes at the Shore of Nottawasaga Bay

Overlooking Georgian Bay

el chico que buscaba conchas y encontró un faro │the guy who was looking shells and found a lighthouse

Leaves ... fall in Millstone NJ

Picketpost Mountain

Autumn at Humber River

Checking Out the Ice

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 400 BUT we didn't hear the preposition. Was it "over 400"? "Under 400"? Help us out--if it's "under 400," Maggie Strasser won. Otherwise, I did. And if it was "around 400" she gets the win because her range contains the actual number, 400. (Sorry to screw this up--I got caught up figuring out how ASTUTEST becomes APTEST, which I don't think are synonyms at all, by the way, and Ross was still looking up recipes to see if my solution for the puzzle was valid.) Have you cooked up an answer for this week? While you're doing your grocery shopping, pick a range--they're ripe!

Edited to add: Ross listened to the podcast and says the exact phrase was "close to 400," which means Maggie won! We'll make a contribution to WAMC, as she's requested. Congratulations, 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.

12 comments:

Word Woman said...

2001-2050, please.

Maggie Strasser said...

IF I am the winner, please make a donation to WAMC.

and I'd like 1001 - 1050 range please.

Curtis said...

Easy as pie, or maybe it takes the cake. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please. I could say a lot more about this dinner, but all the really bad jokes are too hintful.

David said...

1501 to 1550, please.

B. Haven said...

601 - 650, this week please. Happy Thanksgiving.

legolambda said...

1,201-1,250, please. Easy. Kinda recycled. But a nice break for a holiday week.

Congratulations Maggie, you savvy rangeologist!

LegoThanksMagdalen&RossForSharingThisFineBlog

Unknown said...

I'm guessing fewer people this week because they're all busy getting ready for a big day with their families! Though... it is kind of easy. How about 651-700? --Margaret G.

Paul said...

1331
a number
good as any other number
which doesn't seem to interfere with anyone else's plans

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Maggie. I just donated $10 to WAMC in your honor. Happy Thanksgiving!

Joe Kupe said...

701 - 750 please, we came up with a pudding dessert and also a beverage! Feliz dia del Pavo!

Jay said...

It was a year ago that the phone rang--could it happen again? This one is a bit easier, if you get the right answer. Thought I had the property, then Mary Ann read it and found I was wrong. Now I get it. And perhaps 801-850 of our closest friends also got it.