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Pearls Of Wisdom

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

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

And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. How you doing, Will?

WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane. Great, how are you?

HANSEN: I'm all right. Thank you very much. After having made my announcement last week that I was leaving, I feel a little less anxious about it. But, yeah, I know, but we still have a year together and you're not going to be going anywhere so...

SHORTZ: I'm sticking around.

HANSEN: You're going to stick around, so Puzzle will be a part of Sunday, no matter what. All right. Well, as we do every week, you remind us of the challenge you gave out to our listeners last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minnesota. I said take the name of a nationality, write it in lower-case letters, remove the first letter, rotate one of the remaining letters 180 degrees and the result will be the name of another nationality. What nationalities are these?

HANSEN: What are they?

SHORTZ: Well, it's Spanish to Danish. Remove the S from Spanish, turn that P upside down, you get Danish.

HANSEN: Very clever. I just want to point out that our on-air player last week I think had it by the end of the time we were taping. I thought that was pretty amazing. Well, we received more than 1,100 entries this week. Our winner is Ken Kane of Kearny, New Jersey. Ken, welcome to the show.

Mr. KEN KANE: Thank you.

HANSEN: What do you do in Kearny?

Mr. KANE: I'm in IT. I'm a database administrator for a large financial firm.

HANSEN: All right. Are you a puzzle person?

Mr. KANE: I am.

HANSEN: How long did it take you to solve this one?

Mr. KANE: Well, actually, I put it in my head - I did not get it right away - I put it in my head, and at some point during the week it just came to me.

HANSEN: That always happens, the minute your brain goes away from it, the answers will come. It's so true. Well, are you ready to play today? We can't, you know, like stop and come back an hour later, but are you ready to play?

Mr. KANE: I'm ready.

HANSEN: All right. Will, please meet Ken. Let's play.

SHORTZ: All right, Ken. I'm going to give you clues for two words. Add an L at the end of the first word to get the second one.

Mr. KANE: Okay.

SHORTZ: For example, if I said a fruit and a gem from an oyster, you would say pear and pearl.

Mr. KANE: Okay.

SHORTZ: All right. Number one is arrived and your second clue is a desert animal.

Mr. KANE: Came and camel.

SHORTZ: That's right. Number two is comfort and the support for a painting.

Mr. KANE: Ease and easel.

SHORTZ: Good. Some air pollution and eye color, color for an eye.

HANSEN: Air pollution...

Mr. KANE: Air pollution.

SHORTZ: Certain air pollution.

Mr. KANE: Haze and hazel.

SHORTZ: Haze and hazel, good. Part of a church and part of a stomach.

Mr. KANE: Okay.

HANSEN: Four-letter word.

SHORTZ: Yes, and think where the congregation sits.

Mr. KANE: Pews and...

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. And what's that big area that the pews are in.

Mr. KANE: I need another hint.

HANSEN: I do, too. And this is terrible that I can't think of the name.

SHORTZ: All right. I'm just going to tell you. It's the nave.

HANSEN: Oh, the nave.

Mr. KANE: Nave.

SHORTZ: And the part of the stomach is the navel.

HANSEN: The navel.

SHORTZ: All right. Here's your next one: front of a ship and walk like a cat.

Mr. KANE: Walk like a cat. Front of ship?

SHORTZ: Yeah, the first is front of a ship. What do they call that?

Mr. KANE: Bowl?

HANSEN: No.

SHORTZ: No. It's another term.

HANSEN: It's the prow.

SHORTZ: The prow.

Mr. KANE: Prow and prowl.

SHORTZ: Prowl is like a cat. How about covered with ivy and old records - like 45s and such?

Mr. KANE: Okay. Covered with ivy.

SHORTZ: And what would old records like 45s and LPs, what do you call them?

HANSEN: Oh, vinyl.

Mr. KANE: Discs, vinyl, Okay.

HANSEN: Oh, so it's vine and vinyl

SHORTZ: Viny - covered with ivy is viny.

HANSEN: Oh, viny.

SHORTZ: Good, good, Okay.

HANSEN: Okay.

SHORTZ: Now we're starting longer words. Try this one: stick 'em is your first one and your second clue is a soft color, a soft shade.

Mr. KANE: And stick 'em it would be?

SHORTZ: Yeah, yeah, five-letter word for stick 'em.

Mr. KANE: Paste and pastel?

HANSEN: Yeah.

SHORTZ: That's it. To push roughly and a garden tool.

Mr. KANE: Shove and shovel, of course.

SHORTZ: There you go. Telegraph inventor and a scrumptious bit of food.

Mr. KANE: Morse and morsel.

SHORTZ: That was fast. How about: to take a car out on the road and worthless talk.

Mr. KANE: Drive and drivel.

SHORTZ: Right. Small group of trees and to act obsequiously.

Mr. KANE: Small group of trees.

HANSEN: I want to say cops but that's not right. Small group of trees.

SHORTZ: Like in a...

Mr. KANE: A grove and grovel.

HANSEN: Oh nice, very nice.

SHORTZ: Grove and grovel. All right. Now, we're going up one more letter: how about square to land on in Monopoly and part of a church containing the altar and choir. So, square to land on in Monopoly, and if you do this you will draw a card.

HANSEN: Chance and chancel?

SHORTZ: That's it. Chance and chancel, yeah. The chancel's where the altar and choir are.

HANSEN: I just made up for no knowing the other one.

SHORTZ: The nave. Right.

HANSEN: The nave.

SHORTZ: Here's your last one: actress Mason. And your second clue is lawmen in the Wild West.

Mr. KANE: Marsha and marshal.

HANSEN: Of course. Ken, you were terrific. Youre terrific.

Mr. KANE: Thank you for your help.

HANSEN: Oh, and thank you for yours. And to tell you what you'll receive for playing our puzzle today, here's a just wonderful musician you may have heard talking to Scott Simon on yesterday's WEEKEND EDITION. He's got a new CD of my favorite pieces of music, the "Bach Cello Suites." Here's Zuill Bailey.

(Soundbite of cello music)

Mr. ZUILL BAILEY (Cellist): 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" Volumes 1, 2 and 3 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: Oh I love it. Ken, all I'm thinking is Ken Kane from Kearny playing KenKen.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. KANE: Had having fun too, right?

HANSEN: Yeah. Really. I'm just I'm having a ball with your name. Before we let you go, tell us what member station you listen to.

Mr. KANE: WNYC in New York.

HANSEN: All right. That's Ken Kane from Kearny, New Jersey. Thanks a lot for playing with us today.

Mr. KANE: Thank you.

HANSEN: All right. Will, a challenge for everyone for next week, please.

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Al Gorey. And you know spoonerisms, where you interchange the initial consonant sounds of two words to get two new words. For example, if you spoonerize right lane, you get light rain. Well, I'd like you to take a familiar two-word phrase, it's an instruction seen on many containers, spoonerize it and you'll name two things seen at the beach. What are they?

So again, a familiar two-word phrase that's an instruction seen on many containers, spoonerize it and you'll name two things seen at the beach. What's the phrase and what are the things?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our website, 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 youre the winner and you'll get to play on air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz.

Will, thanks a lot, as always.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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