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Scramble The Word To Get One Like The Other

Scramble The Word To Get One Like The Other

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen. And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.

Mr. WILL SHORTZ (Puzzle Master): Hi, Liane. Welcome back.

HANSEN: Thank you very much. It's nice to be able to talk and eat again after my dental disaster. But I was listening to the show last week and playing the On Air puzzle, was thrilled to know that I got the answer from the week before, your logics puzzle.


HANSEN: But couldn't figure this one out. So before we begin, why don't you repeat that challenge?

MR. SHORTZ: Yeah, I thought it was a tough one. Think of a common street sign in three words: four letters in the first word, four letters in the second word and three letters in the last. Drop the last letter of the first word of the sign, you get a new word that is a synonym of the last word in the sign. What sign is it?

HANSEN: What sign is it?

MR. SHORTZ: The sign is curb your dog. Get rid of the B from curb and you get cur.

HANSEN: Nice. We had only 500 entries this past week though, so people were having a little difficulty with this one. But from the correct entries we randomly selected Richard Fishman of Beverly Hills, California. Hey, Richard.

Mr. RICHARD FISHMAN: Hi, Liane. Hi, Will.

MR. SHORTZ: Hey, there.

HANSEN: How long did it take you to solve the puzzle?

Mr. FISHMAN: It actually took quite a while. My wife and I off and on during the day were working on it. We even used the driver's book.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. FISHMAN: And my wife came up with the word curb, and there was only one sign that I could think of that had that word in it.

HANSEN: Well, how long have you've been playing our puzzle?

Mr. FISHMAN: Many years.

HANSEN: Many years. And what do you do in Beverly Hills?

Mr. FISHMAN: I retire for a living so I do a lot of volunteer work with some wonderful organizations, almost exclusively nonprofits.

HANSEN: Well, since you not only got the answer to last week's challenge but think it's such fun to do them, are you ready to play today?

Mr. FISHMAN: It's fun when you're sitting at home with no pressure.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: There's no pressure.

Mr. FISHMAN: (unintelligible) today.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: All right. Well, Richard, you've already said hello to Will. So, Will, let's play.

MR. SHORTZ: All right Richard and Liane, I'm going to give you two four-letter words, rearrange the letters of one of them to get a synonym of the other. And which word is which is for you to discover.

For example, if I said each, pain, E-A-C-H and P-A-I-N, you would say ache, because ache...

HANSEN: Oh, okay.

MR. SHORTZ: an anagram of each and it means pain.


MR. SHORTZ: Here's number one: peal, P-E-A-L and grin, G-R-I-N.


Mr. FISHMAN: I get tail out of...

MR. SHORTZ: Rearrange the letters...

HANSEN: Oh. Oh. Oh.

MR. SHORTZ: ...of grin.

HANSEN: What do you think? What do you think, Richard?

Mr. FISHMAN: You go, oh ring, oh ring and peal.

HANSEN: Got it. Yup.

MR. SHORTZ: Ring and peal. Good. All right.

Mr. FISHMAN: Thanks for your help.

MR. SHORTZ: We're off and running. Number two: bare, B-A-R-E and the second word is dune, D-U-N-E.

Mr. FISHMAN: I - Nude.


MR. SHORTZ: That's it. Nude. Good. Gear, G-E-A-R and fury, F-U-R-Y.

Mr. FISHMAN: Would the first word be rage?


MR. SHORTZ: Rage is it. Good. Burn, B-U-R-N and arch, A-R-C-H.



MR. SHORTZ: Char. Good. Oven, O-V-E-N and link, L-I-N-K.


HANSEN: Yeah, they're right there, Richard.

MR. SHORTZ: Oh, you're good. Felt, F-E-L-T and gone, G-O-N-E.


HANSEN: You got it.

MR. SHORTZ: Left is it, Uh-huh. Info, I-N-F-O and sewn, S-E-W-N.

Mr. FISHMAN: The word news popped right in.

HANSEN: Good for you.

MR. SHORTZ: Oh, that was fast. Rove, R-O-V-E and atop, A-T-O-P.

Mr. FISHMAN: The word over.

MR. SHORTZ: Over. Good. Rapt, R-A-P-T and role, R-O-L-E. As in a role in a play or movie.

Mr. FISHMAN: Part, P-A-R-T.

HANSEN: Got it.

MR. SHORTZ: Part is it. Whip, W-H-I-P, golf, G-O-L-F.

Mr. FISHMAN: Flog?

MR. SHORTZ: Flog is it.


MR. SHORTZ: And here's your last one thin, T-H-I-N and clue, C-L-U-E.

(Soundbite of laughter)


MR. SHORTZ: Hint, something you didn't need. Good job.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: Give us a hint.

Mr. FISHMAN: Beautiful.

HANSEN: Richard, well done.

Mr. FISHMAN: We were a good pair, Liane.

HANSEN: I think so.

Mr. FISHMAN: Thanks for the help.

HANSEN: I think so. I thought we worked very well together but you were right there. Right there.

Well, you know this is the part of the puzzle, Richard, where we tell you about the fabulous gifts you get for playing with us today. And our producer told us that you were very excited about this, because of the surprise guests so...

Mr. FISHMAN: You've had some wonderful folks making the announcements.

HANSEN: They've been fun haven't they?

Mr. FISHMAN: They certainly have.

HANSEN: Okay. Well, I want to give you the person we have today and we'll have a conversation with her in the show. She's a soul singer, she received two Grammy nominations for her first major label record - she has a new one. And her name is Ledisi and here's a little bit of her single and her rendition of your puzzle prizes.

(Soundbite of song)

Ms. LEDISI (Singer): (Singing) I'm going through changes (unintelligible) no no no.

For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the 11th Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers. The "Puzzlemaster Presents" from Random House Volume 2. Will Shortz's latest book series, "Will Shortz Presents KenKen," Volume 1 and 2 and 3 from St. Martin's Press. And one of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books.

HANSEN: There you go Richard, music and lyrics. What do you think?

Mr. FISHMAN: Wonderful, couldn't get better.

HANSEN: Oh yeah. Before we go Richard, tell us what member station you listen to?

Mr. FISHMAN: Actually I've listed two, KPCC in Pasadena and KCRW in Santa Monica.

HANSEN: Both great public radio stations. Richard Fishman of Beverly Hills, California. Thanks a lot for playing the puzzle with us today you were fabulous.

Mr. FISHMAN: Thank you.

HANSEN: All right.

SHORTZ: Thanks a lot, Richard.

HANSEN: All right, Will, we get to do it again. What's the challenge for next week?

SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Rick Rubenstein(ph) of Sunnyvale, California: Think of two words that each mean bowler. Put them together, one after the other, and you'll name a sport that's not related to bowling. What is it? So again, two words that each mean bowler, b-o-w-l-e-r. Put them together, one after the other, and you'll name a sport in two words that is not related to bowling. What sport is it?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our Web site and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Only one entry per person please and this week our deadline will be Wednesday at 3 pm Eastern Time. So, it's a little bit earlier than normal. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. We'll call you if you're the winner and you'll get to play puzzle on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Thanks a lot, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks Liane.

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