Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Award for Best Actress in a Puzzle Goes to...

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a famous actress who has four letters in her first name and four letters in her last name. Add one letter, and rearrange the result to name an animal and the sound this animal makes. Who is the actress, what is the animal and what is the sound that the animal makes?
Ross solved this, and no, he won't tell you how he did it. (I just report the news, people.)

But what do you care? You've solved it, and have stopped here simply so that you can get this here link to the NPR Contact Us form, already togged out in its New Year's Eve finery. Don't forget--you need to get your answer in by Wednesday, which is when the next blog will go up.

Time for some Yule (and Yuletide) photos:

Northern hemisphere winter solstice 2009

Copenhagen Yule

December 3 - The magic starts to grow

Frosted Fields

Yule

Stretching across Harringworth Viaduct

Pendle mist

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 390 entries this week. SarahE is our winner, and, like jan, she's a newbie to the blog so she needs to come back to find out that she won. [If you do, SarahE, please contact me at 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.

12 comments:

legolambda said...

Congrats, SarahE! Looking at last week's pick-a-range chart, you certainly chose the correct end of the infra-easy/ultra-difficult spectrum. Why not make it two wins in a row?

I'll help you by choosing 1201-1250 for this actress puzzle, which I think Will elicit scores of correct entries.

Speaking of "entrees," we are offering SIX slices of fun puzzles over at Puzzleria! this week. Drop by for a visit, y'all!

LegoNoActressesInThoseSixPuzzles,ButACoupleOfActors

Curtis said...

Much easier, and less ambiguous than last week. I don't think there will be a secondary answer that Mr. Shortz likes less this time. I'll go a little high with 1,351 - 1,400.

Word Woman said...

701-750, please.

David said...

Back to 1001 to 1050, please.

Fred said...

Seems easy enough
I'll take 1451-1500

Unknown said...

I'll go with 1101-1150 this week, please. --Margaret G.

glen said...

i'll take 951 - 1,000

Mendo Jim said...

La Bamba

Joe Kupe said...

501 - 550 please. And congrats Curtis on your alternate answer that was Will mentioned on air!

Marie said...

751-800 please and thank you. Took a while, but when I found it, it was obvious.

B. Haven said...

901 - 950 please. Enjoy the arrival of the new year.

Maggie Strasser said...

351-375 please.
Happy New Year!!