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LIANE HANSEN, host:

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

And joining us from Philadelphia is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane.

HANSEN: Doing that Sudoku thing again in Philadelphia?

SHORTZ: Well, again, yes. It's usually the national championship in October. This year, it's the World Sudoku Championship, which is for the first time in United States.

HANSEN: Wow. What fun. Well, as you know, I was visiting the fine folks who listen to WKSU in Akron and Kent, Ohio. And I did hear the puzzle. And we have a correction to make because we received an email from Dan Spavero(ph) of Pittsburgh. And he wrote in noting a mistake in last week's puzzle.

And he says he hopes we haven't blown our chances at a job at the State Department. Would you...

SHORTZ: Well, what I said, I gave the clue - my clue for Nouri al-Maliki was that he's the president of Iraq. Actually, he's prime minister. The president is Jalal Talabani.

HANSEN: All right. That's sorted out. Now, we're going to get on with this week's puzzle. But before we begin, remind us of the challenge you gave last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Doug Heller(ph) of Flourtown, Pennsylvania. And I said: Name a famous person whose first name in seven letters ends with a name of a bird and whose last name, also in seven letters, starts with a bird. Who is this person?

HANSEN: And who is it?

SHORTZ: It is Stephen Hawking, and his first name ends in hen and his last name starts with hawk.

HANSEN: Oh, wonderful. Our listeners loved it. We had almost 1,100 entries this week. And our randomly selected winner is Doug Crinklaw of Lake City, Colorado. Welcome to the program, Doug.

Mr. DOUG CRINKLAW: Why, thank you. This is very exciting.

HANSEN: Yeah.

Mr. CRINKLAW: (unintelligible).

HANSEN: What do you do in Lake City?

Mr. CRINKLAW: I do a number of things, like many people in Lake City, to string a life together, I do a bit of real estate appraisal, I substitute teach and my favorite thing is to guide fly fishing.

HANSEN: Oh, wow. Good fly fishing where you are?

Mr. CRINKLAW: It is excellent.

HANSEN: So, you're a puzzle person. How long have you been playing with us?

Mr. CRINKLAW: Well, I've been playing with you for many years but I wouldn't call myself - since the postcard days. I wouldn't call myself a puzzle person. I kind of plod through these things and do them by brute force, not in the agile mind.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: Are you ready to play?

Mr. CRINKLAW: I am.

HANSEN: All right. Well, meet Will. Will, meet Doug. Let's play.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Hi, Will.

SHORTZ: All right. Hi. Doug and Liane, I'm going to give you two six-letter words. Rearrange the letters of one word to get a rhyme of the other word. For example, if I said dental D-E-N-T-A-L and lament L-A-M-E-N-T, you would say mental, because mental is an anagram of lament and it rhymes with dental.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Goodness. Okay.

HANSEN: Yep, okay.

SHORTZ: All right. And which word is the anagram and which is the rhyme is for you to discover. Here's number one: looped L-O-O-P-E-D and noodle N-O-O-D-L-E.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Poodle?

SHORTZ: Poodle - that was fast. Number two is church C-H-U-R-C-H and chaser C-H-A-S-E-R.

Mr. CRINKLAW: C-H-A-S-E-R?

SHORTZ: Right. Chaser, like something you have after a beer. And as you probably figured out, it would be very hard to rearrange the letters of church to spell anything else so.

HANSEN: Right.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Yeah.

SHORTZ: So, anagram chaser to get a rhyme of church.

HANSEN: I'm thinking search.

SHORTZ: Search, there you go.

HANSEN: Really?

SHORTZ: S-E-A-R-C-H.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Thank you.

HANSEN: Okay.

SHORTZ: All right. Try this one: paired P-A-I-R-E-D and sniper S-N-I-P-E-R.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Diaper?

SHORTZ: Diaper - that was fast. Sandal S-A-N-D-A-L, as in what you wear on your foot, and lanced L-A-N-C-E-D.

Mr. CRINKLAW: L-A-N...

SHORTZ: C-E-D, like the knight lanced.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Lanced.

SHORTZ: Yeah.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Candle?

SHORTZ: Candle is it, good.

HANSEN: Candle, well done.

SHORTZ: All right. Try this one: rubies R-U-B-I-E-S, as in the gemstones, and choose C-H-O-O-S-E.

HANSEN: Is it - do we rearrange rubies?

SHORTZ: That is correct.

HANSEN: And would it be bruise?

SHORTZ: Bruise.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Bruise.

SHORTZ: Good stuff, Liane. All right. Try this one: tablet T-A-B-L-E-T and cattle C-A-T-T-L-E.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Battle?

SHORTZ: Yes, it is.

HANSEN: Yeah, battle.

SHORTZ: Good one.

HANSEN: Well done.

SHORTZ: All right. And here is your last one: Lassie L-A-S-S-I-E, as in the TV and movie dog, and the second word is whiles W-H-I-L-E-S.

Mr. CRINKLAW: Whiles. Aisles.

HANSEN: Aisles.

SHORTZ: Aisles. Good job, Doug.

HANSEN: Good job, Doug. I mean, I was going alias. And I'm like, wait a minute, it doesn't rhyme for whiles.

Mr. CRINKLAW: This was difficult for me. Thanks for the help.

HANSEN: Oh but, this is, this is - you know, it was hard for me, too. So we made a good team, don't you think?

Mr. CRINKLAW: I think we made an excellent team.

HANSEN: A wonderful tag team. Well, Doug, since you're a dedicated listener, you know we like to have special guests read the puzzle prizes. And this week, we have the conductor of Haiti's National Philharmonic Orchestra. We spoke with him earlier in the show. Here's David Cesar.

Mr. DAVID CESAR (Conductor, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Haiti): For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the "Scrabble Deluxe Edition" from Parker Brothers, the book series "Will Shortz Present KenKen" Volume 1 and 2 and 3 from St. Martin's Press, one of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddle and Challenges" from Chronicle Books, and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday Puzzles.

HANSEN: Interesting man and very inspirational for what was happening in Haiti. What do you think there, Doug?

Mr. CRINKLAW: I think I'm glad I had you as a partner.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: You know what? I'm glad you were there, too. And before I let you go, tell us what member station you listen to.

Mr. CRINKLAW: I'm a member of KVNF in Paonia, Colorado.

HANSEN: Doug Crinklaw from Lake City, Colorado, you were fabulous. Thanks a lot for playing the puzzle with us today.

Mr. CRINKLAW: And thank you. Keep up the great work. I love your program.

HANSEN: Thank you very much. Okay, Will, what you thinking about for next week?

SHORTZ: Well, it's a pretty easy challenge, I think. Write down the number 100. Underneath this write 100/500. And how the numbers align doesn't matter. The name of what U.S. city does this represent? So again, write down the number 100, and underneath it write 100/500. The name what U.S. city does this represent?

HANSEN: Oh, yeah. Easy - real easy as pie. When you have the answer, go to our Web site, NPR.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline is Thursday, 3 P.M. Eastern Time. 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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