Sunday, December 20, 2015

On Sonder, On Blitzen

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of four common six-letter words that all end in the same five letters, in the same order. And the first letters of these four words are consecutive consonants in the alphabet (like B, C, D, F). No other common six-letter words end with these five letters. What are the words?
Ross is working on this. (Done!) The trick is that last element, namely that no other "common" six-letter words end with the same string of five letters.  Don't be fooled--for once, Will Shortz is correct.

You have solved this, double-checked that it is the answer, and are just sitting there, smiling benignly, waiting for this, the tinsel-covered NPR Contact Us form, so you can send in your answer and get on with your day. Enjoy!!

I give you SONDER, as requested by many, many readers!! (I had to look it up. It's a noun, defined as "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own," but it's also a common word in German. The photos seem to reflect this. Oh, and it's a mountain in Australia.)

Mt Sonder at Sunrise

Loki & Shruti

The mandap

No i po paradzie :-(

West MacDonnell Ranges at sunset

Happyshooting Aufgabe - Sauerstoff

Mt Sonder

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 120 entries this week. jan is our winner, and I believe he's a newbie to the blog (Hi, jan!) so I hope he comes back to check. If you do, jan, please contact me [magdalen (at) crosswordman (dot) com] and say which prize you want. Your choices are: a puzzle book, a donation to the Red Cross, or a donation to your NPR station.

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.

15 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

176-200 please.

Happy Holidays!!

legolambda said...

Congrats, jan! First you nab an NPR lapel, now an Pick-A-Range win!

Great "sonder" pix, Magdalen. And thanks to Word Woman for introducing me (us?) to that great word.

201-225 for me, this week. Thanks.

LegoHasADefinitionForHisOwnPersonSonder:HeRealizesThatEachRandom passerbyIsLivingALifeAsMundaneBoringAndInsipidAsHisOwn

Curtis said...

I'll go with my old standby, 351 - 375. My M-W Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, must be defective; it doesn't contain sonder. Nor does the online edition of Merriam-Webster's. That really makes me wonder.

Word Woman said...

Thanks for sonder, Magdalen!

Oh so close this week. I will stick with 126-150 once more.

Fred said...

The pro's are probably in the ballpark
151-175

Unknown said...

I'll try 226-250. Congrats, Jan!

--Margaret G.

Joe Kupe said...

251 - 276 please. Not too easy, but not too hard.

David said...

276 to 300, please.

Henry BW said...

Oh bother, I misheard the question, and found four words beginning with consecutive letters of the alphabet. Now I'm going to have to start all over again.
My usual 1051-1100, please.

B. Haven said...

Low guess for a range this week, 101 - 125. Happy holidays.

Wordnerd said...
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Wordnerd said...

Oh No...B Haven beat me to it ! 76 - 100 Please. Merry Christmas

Joe Kupe said...

Just a reminder to all that because of the holiday week the deadline for submission this week is Wednesday at 3PM! Thanks and Happy Festivus; it's for the rest of us!

SarahE said...

376-400

Merry Christmas!

Jay said...

Got an answer but my wife does not agree. Oh well, Santa's sleigh is full and I can go it alone. 326-350 is good.