Sunday, December 6, 2015

Take Two Cities and Call Us in the Morning

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a state capital. Drop one of its letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name of another major city in the United States. What is it? There are two different answers, and you should find both of them.
We have a guest here for "Cookie Weekend" and she solved one-half of this puzzle right away. (I won't describe her method as it would constitute a hint.) I solved the other half by crunching a list of state capitals.

You, of course, need no house guests as ringers. You got both cities right away! So what are you waiting for? Send those puppies in, using the NPR Contact Us form, decked out here for the shopping season.

Last week I asked Henry what he wanted for the photo section. He said "Oh, heck," and that's what he got. This week, I warned him that the first words out of his mouth would be my search terms, so he was quiet for quite a while. (Heh heh.) Then he said, "Ash tree."

Boy, what that a smart pick!

Ash Tree - TROML - 905 - EXPLORED

Ash Tree

Ash Trees in November, Middlegate

ash trees on the Downs by East Dean

ash trees on the Downs by East Dean

Burgundy Wine

East Dean view, ash tree

On cropping alt 1 (6:4)

looking from Ash Tree Cave towards Whitwell

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 "about 1,500" entries. At first I thought Richard had won, but when I double-checked with Henry, the magic number is 1,500, and that means Maggie Strasser has the first ever Pick a Range hat trick. Another contribution to WAMC, Maggie?

What range shall you pick this week?

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.

13 comments:

Natasha said...

I select 601-650 range this week. Thanks

Curtis said...
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Curtis said...

I'll go with 351 - 375 this week. This puzzle takes some work, and a good online anagram tool.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Paul said...

501 - 550, please.

Unknown said...

701-750, please. --Margaret G.

Mendo Jim said...

I think the PM has indicated in the past that he occasionally visits here.
But if you want to see his clarification of this week's challenge, you need to go to Blaine's Blog.

Maggie Strasser said...

Woo-Hoo! Go me.
Yes, donate to WAMC, please & thank you!

476-500 range please.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations yet again Maggie. WAMC is $10 the richer. I wonder what they make of this deluge of donations from Kingsley, PA?

Fred said...

376-400, please.

Joe Kupe said...

Tough one, but we got it! 276 - 300 please.

Word Woman said...

201-225, please. Thanks.

Jay said...

Tough indeed. Got one fairly easily, but the other? We are both mapped out. Will continue trying, but do have some real work that needs attention. Will go with 251-275.