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AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. And it's time for the puzzle.

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CORNISH: Here was last week's challenge from puzzle editor of the New York Times and Weekend Edition's puzzle master Will Shortz.

WILL SHORTZ: Think of a 10-letter occupation ending in ER. The first four letters can be rearranged to spell something that person would study, and the next four letters would do the same. What is the occupation?

CORNISH: Well, more than a thousand of you sent in your answers, and our randomly-selected winner this week is Clifford Cox of Dexter, Michigan who joins us now. Congratulations, Clifford.

CLIFFORD COX: Thank you very much.

CORNISH: So, what was the answer to last week's challenge?

COX: The answer was astronomer. And therefore you have star and moon.

CORNISH: Oh. It includes star and moon. Pretty cool. How did you come up with the answer?

COX: Well, we attended a musical concert on Sunday afternoon, and while I was listening to a Mendelssohn Trio sonata, I was thinking, oh, composer, then all of the sudden astronomer just came into my mind and I knew that was it.

CORNISH: Well, congrats. And your first big win, of course, of the morning is that you get to meet Will Shortz, puzzle editor of the New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle master. Hi there, Will.

SHORTZ: Hi, Audie. And, Clifford, congratulations. I don't know how the mind works that comes up with an answer like that when you're listening to Mendelssohn, but it's wonderful.

CORNISH: Clifford, how long have you been playing the puzzle?

COX: Twenty years at least. I have sent in postcards. And I'm so glad that I got called. I've been waiting and waiting and always would be somewhat chagrined when somebody would enter for the first time and get chosen.

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CORNISH: This is your time, Clifford. That's great. OK. Well, I think we're all ready and warmed up to play. So, Will, take it away.

SHORTZ: All right. This is a good two-person puzzle today. So, Clifford and Audie, you know, tomorrow marks the first day of the Supreme Court's 2011 term. So, I brought a game of categories based on the word court. I'm going to give you some categories. For each one, I'd like you to name something in the category starting with each of the letters C-O-U-R-T. For example, if the category were girl's names, you might say Connie, Olga, Uma, Rachel and Tina.

CORNISH: OK.

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SHORTZ: All right. And you can do these in any order. Your first category is U.S. states.

COX: Connecticut, Oklahoma, Utah...

SHORTZ: Yes.

COX: Rhode Island and Tennessee.

SHORTZ: Tennessee or Texas either way. Number two, is magazines with a million or more circulation.

COX: Oprah.

SHORTZ: Oprah, good. O the Oprah magazine.

COX: And Cosmopolitan.

SHORTZ: Good. There are two good Us. One of them is a celebrity magazine.

CORNISH: Us magazine?

COX: USA...oh, Us magazine.

SHORTZ: US Weekly, right. Also U.S. News and World Report still comes out with a few editions a year. So, you need R and T.

CORNISH: How's the Rolling Stone doing these days?

SHORTZ: Rolling Stone, over a million, yes. Also Reader's Digest, Redbook and Real Simple. And how about a T?

CORNISH: Time.

SHORTZ: Time or TV Guide, either way. And here's your last category: fill in the blank: blank house, blank house.

COX: Court house, opera house, tea house.

SHORTZ: Tea house, good. O and R.

CORNISH: Out house.

SHORTZ: Out house, good. Opera house also and all you need is an R. All you need is an R. There are several answers but there is something that a person on a Western farm might live in.

COX: Ranch house.

SHORTZ: Ranch house is it. Good job.

CORNISH: Very nice. Great job, Clifford.

COX: Thank you. It was fun.

CORNISH: It was hard. For playing our puzzle today, Clifford, you're going to get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games that you can read about at NPR.org/Puzzle. And, Clifford, what member station do you listen to?

COX: My wife and I are both members of WUOM in Ann Arbor and WKAR in Lansing.

CORNISH: Clifford Cox, thank you so much for playing the puzzle this week.

COX: Thank you, Audie. Thank you, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks.

CORNISH: And, Will, what is the next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. You're at a restaurant. Name something you might order as an entree, then name something you might order for dessert. Each of these things is a common food with a one-word name. Insert the first word somewhere inside the second word. The result, reading from left to right, will name a certain meal. What is it? So, again, you name an entree and a dessert. Insert the entree into the dessert's name. The result, reading from left to right, will name a certain meal. What meal is it?

CORNISH: Well, when you have the answer, go to our website, NPR.org/Puzzle, and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Just one entry per person, please. And our deadline for entry is Thursday, October 6th and 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And if you're the winner, we'll give you a call and you'll get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master, Will Shortz.

Thanks so much, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Audie.

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