Sunday, December 13, 2015

And We Couldn't Care Less

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a well-known character of TV, movies and comics. Two words. Replace the 8th, 9th, and 10th letters with an S. Then rearrange the result to name a well-known actor who played this character on film. First and last names. Who is it?
This one has not gone down well in the Crosswordman household. As a general rule, Ross's and my skill sets complement each other--I can do pop culture, he does classical stuff. But comics (so sorry, graphic novels!) and the attendant TV shows and movies is an entire universe I know next to nothing about, and Ross knows even less.

And, truthfully, we just don't care. Sorry, Puzzlemaster, but you've lost even us--and we're contractually obligated to solve it.

*sigh*

You, dear reader, are much, much more attuned to all things Comic Con, so you got this one right away. Congratulations! Here's your prize--the NPR Contact Us form all tricked out in twinkly lights ready to convey your winning answer!

I haven't yet posted photos located with "December" so let's do that now!

Lake Water

Hot air in cold air

Manduria, il Natale

December sand

Ice on St. Joe Light

Sunrise over Long's Peak [Explore]

Milky Way behind little trees

Snowflake macro: gardener's dream (explore 2015-04-02)

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.

They received 133 entries this week. Really low, right? Not even Ross went that low, and he's a pretty pessimistic conservative guesser. Word Woman came closest. Which prompts my question: is this week even harder, or are we (Ross and I) just super (superhero) clueless? Pick a range and let's find out.

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.

17 comments:

Word Woman said...

How about "SONDER" for the images for Thursday's post? I just learned of this delightful word from a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Mendo Jim said...

You know Wee Willy has lost it when he upsets the Crosswordman household.

legolambda said...

176-200, please. I believe the lack of enthusiasm in the Crosswordman/woman Household will epitomize that of the NPR Nation.

If I am correct, next week's NPR puzzle will be something really easy, such as: "Name a puzzlemaster whose first name is also a verb." (10 zillion correct entries!)

LegoSaysWill,WhoLivesALifeFullerThanLego's,SeemsToBeAVerb

B. Haven said...

Agree. Others would not react positively toward this puzzle also.

301-325, I don't think they'll get many correct answers.

Word Woman said...

126-150, please.

Curtis said...

I'm going to guess uncharacteristically low: 51 - 75. I haven't solved it yet, and understand the lack of enthusiasm for the puzzle.

Natasha said...

I select the 501-550 range,please. I have not a clue about the answer, but others probably have more knowledge than I in this movie realm.

Unknown said...

I don't know this answer either. Not that *that* means anything - I'm not a big movie-watcher or comic book reader. I'll go low with 76-100. I thought last week's puzzle was much easier, and it had only 133 correct?! --Margaret G.

Jay said...

Made a list and checking it twice. Think I got this one, after getting only half last week Let's go with 226-250

Paul said...

I'd like to second WW's nomination of SONDER.
And 151 - 175 is still open?
Ink me in, please.

jan said...

The movie was a dud, and the actor doesn't appear on the Wikipedia List of actors who have played comic book characters: 101 - 125, please.

David said...

276 - 300, please.

Maggie Strasser said...

76-100 please

Unknown said...

Sorry, Maggie - I already chose 76-100. Lots of low numbers being chosen! --Margaret G.

Fred said...

Since there was at least one giveaway hint on Blaine's, it becomes a test of how many people follow Blaine's Puzzle Blog.
551-600 please

Joe Kupe said...

201 - 225. Tough one, but this actor is one of Howard Stern's best guests.

Natasha said...

Finally solved it just now. Did not know enough about this character to spot clues on other blog. Curious what the clue was.