This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen.

And joining us from his sister's house in Indiana where he is spending the holidays is puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hey, Will.


HANSEN: I had to let everybody know that 'cause you're on the phone and how nice. You having a winter wonderland in Indiana?

SHORTZ: Oh, there was snow, yeah. It's a tiny town called New Richmond in the west central part of the state.

HANSEN: Very nice. Very nice. Well, let's get to this holiday puzzle you have for us. Start with the challenge you gave us last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. I said: Think of a familiar two-word phrase, five letters in each word. The first letter of the second word is P as in Peter and it names something that's good to have after dinner. I said change the P to an S and you get another familiar phrase that names something that's good to have before you start a job. What phrases are these?

HANSEN: And what are those phrases?

SHORTZ: Well, after dinner, it's good to have a clean plate. And before you start a job it's nice to have a clean slate.

HANSEN: Very nice. That was fun. I couldn't get past the word port 'cause that's that I like to have after a nice dinner, but that's only four letters. We received nearly 2,000 entries this week. And from the correct entries our randomly selected winner is Evan Donnelly of Portland, Oregon. Hi, Evan.


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

Mr. DONNELLY: Probably less than five minutes.

HANSEN: No kidding.


HANSEN: Yeah, it sounds like you're a puzzle player. How long have you been playing this one on the radio?

Mr. DONNELLY: Not that long - under a year, actually. It's my dad who got me into it. He's been playing for quite some time and hasn't made it on yet.

HANSEN: Uh-oh. Uh-oh.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. DONNELLY: He was a little bit jealous about that, but (unintelligible).

HANSEN: All right. Well, I'm glad you could reach us. Tell us what you do in Portland.

Mr. DONNELLY: I'm a student at Portland State.

HANSEN: Okay. You sound like you are ready to play.


HANSEN: All right, Will, meet Evan. Evan, meet Will. And let's play our holiday weekend puzzle.

SHORTZ: All right, Evan and Liane. This is a good two-person puzzle. Every answer today is a familiar phrase in the form blank to blank. Like bored to tears or year to date. I'm going to give you a compound word or a common two-word phrase in which the first part rhymes with the first word of the answer and the last part rhymes with the last word of the answer. For example, if I said rear gate, you would say year to date.

Mr. DONNELLY: Oh, wow, okay.

HANSEN: All right. Okay. I need some sugar. Wait, let me get a cookie. All right.

SHORTZ: Number one is line drive.

Mr. DONNELLY: Line drive. Time to...

SHORTZ: The first word will rhyme with line.

HANSEN: Time to...

Mr. DONNELLY: Oh, line drive.

HANSEN: -Ine to -ive.

SHORTZ: Yeah, that's it. And Liane's got the technique. So, just take away those initial consonant sounds and think -ine to -ive. I'll give you a hint, both words here are numbers.


Mr. DONNELLY: Nine to five.

HANSEN: Very good, Evan.

SHORTZ: Nine to five is it. Number two is small farms.

Mr. DONNELLY: Small farm?

HANSEN: Right.

SHORTZ: Small farms - plural.

HANSEN: Take off the sm and the f. So, it's all to...

Mr. DONNELLY: Call to arms.


SHORTZ: Call to arms. You got it. White sheet.

Mr. DONNELLY: White sheet?

SHORTZ: White sheet, like you put on a bed. A white sheet.


HANSEN: -Ite to -eet.

Mr. DONNELLY: A bite to eat.

HANSEN: Good for you.

SHORTZ: Bite to eat. (unintelligible) hint, good. Black pool. Black pool, B-L-A-C-K P-O-O-L, black pool.

Mr. DONNELLY: Black to pool. Back to school.


SHORTZ: Back to school. Good one. Head lights, like on the front of a car, head lights.

Mr. DONNELLY: Head lights?

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Plural.

HANSEN: -Ead to -ights. Dead to rights.

SHORTZ: Dead to rights, good one.

Mr. DONNELLY: Good going, Liane.

SHORTZ: Flip for, F-L-I-P F-O-R. You know, like, you like something very much, you flip for it.

HANSEN: Flip to -or.

SHORTZ: Give you a hint, the answer is a kind of radio message.

Mr. DONNELLY: A radio message.

HANSEN: Radio, like, you know, Morse code radio message? No.

SHORTZ: It could be, but it could be regular words as well.

HANSEN: It could be not. Oh, all right. Oh, ship to shore.

SHORTZ: Ship to shore. Good one. How about book smart?

Mr. DONNELLY: Book smart.

HANSEN: Book, look, book.

SHORTZ: It's not look.

Mr. DONNELLY: Look to something?

SHORTZ: It's not look.

HANSEN: No, not look.

SHORTZ: Not look. Go later in the alphabet for the starting letter.

HANSEN: Oh, took to heart.

SHORTZ: Took to heart. Good one, Liane. How about hot curry, like you get in an Indian restaurant. Hot curry.

Mr. DONNELLY: Hot curry. A lot to worry? No.

SHORTZ: You got worry right.

HANSEN: Worry.

Mr. DONNELLY: Worry? Hot curry.

HANSEN: Something to worry. Not to worry.

SHORTZ: Not to worry.


SHORTZ: Yup. How about west hill?

Mr. DONNELLY: West hill.

HANSEN: -Est to -ill.

Mr. DONNELLY: Is the last word fill?

SHORTZ: No. Go later in the alphabet.


HANSEN: We could play alphabet.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. DONNELLY: I'm going through it right now.

HANSEN: Yeah. I know.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. DONNELLY: Oh, is it mill?

SHORTZ: No, a little before that.

(Soundbite of laughter)




HANSEN: Dressed to kill.

SHORTZ: Dressed to kill. You're dressed to kill.

Mr. DONNELLY: Oh, okay.

HANSEN: Yeah. It's that E-S-T in that, you know, they sound alike, but they're not spelled alike. Uh-huh. He's tricky.

SHORTZ: All right, here's your last one, cricket side, like they would have in a game in England. Cricket side.

Mr. DONNELLY: A ticket to ride.

SHORTZ: Ticket to ride. Didn't take you any time at all.

HANSEN: Evan. Evan. Evan, you are a master in your own right.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. DONNELLY: Well, thank you, Liane and Will.

HANSEN: Oh man, that was hard.

Mr. DONNELLY: Yeah. That was a little tough there in the middle.

HANSEN: Yeah, I know. And, you know, I mean, you know, the brain doesn't quite work as fast as it usually does on a holiday weekend. But you did a great job, Evan. And, actually, we have something special for you. You know you're going to get to take home some fantastic prizes. And we have someone who's quite fun to tell you about them.

On our show today, we met a gentleman who taught us how to make an 18th century drink called syllabub, and he's going to talk about the role that food played in colonial times. And his name is Frank Clark. He's the supervisor of Historic Foodways at Colonial Williamsburg and here he is with your very modern puzzle prizes.

Mr. FRANK CLARK (Supervisor, Historic Foodways at Colonial Williamsburg): 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 series of books. "Will Shortz Presents KenKen" Volumes One, Two and Three from St. Martin's Press, one of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday puzzles.

HANSEN: All right. Do you hear that little noise behind him? We were standing in the kitchen of Governor's Palace in Williamsburg and it was, you know, quite authentic. But that's the fire in the hearth behind him keeping all of us warm.


HANSEN: So, what do you think?

Mr. DONNELLY: Sounds great.

HANSEN: Evan, before we let you go, tell us what member station you listen to.


HANSEN: Good. In Portland, Oregon.

Mr. DONNELLY: That's right.

HANSEN: Evan Donnelly of Portland, Oregon, thanks so much for playing the puzzle with us.

Mr. DONNELLY: Thanks a lot, guys. Have a Happy Holidays.

HANSEN: Thank you so much. All right, Will, the challenge for next week.

SHORTZ: Yes. Take the phrase pray when: P-R-A-Y W-H-E-N, double four of these letters and using these plus the four singles, rearrange all 12 letters to spell a familiar phrase. What is it? So, again, pray when, double four of these letters, then rearrange all the resulting 12 letters to spell a familiar phrase. What phrase 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. Our deadline this week is Wednesday, 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at that time and 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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