LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hi, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane. Happy Labor Day weekend.

HANSEN: Yeah. Labor Day weekend. I mean, you know, my Labor Day is on Wednesday, so, I'll take time off from work then, but Happy Labor Day weekend to you. I like - I happen to like this holiday, you know, perfectly designed for working men and women. Remind us, right now, though, of the challenge you left us with last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Massachusetts. I said name an event at which food is served, eight letters, inside this word is the name of a food in four letters. Remove these four letters and the remaining four letters in order will name another food. What words are these?

HANSEN: I love the answer. You'll tell it in a minute because I'm a New Englander. What's the answer?

SHORTZ: Well, the event is a clambake.

HANSEN: You bet.

SHORTZ: Inside is a lamb. Remove lamb and you will get cake.

HANSEN: Nice, nice. Appetizing. We had over 900 entries from people who solved the puzzle. Our randomly selected winner is David Carroll from St. Francis, Wisconsin. Hi, David.

Mr. DAVID CARROLL (Winner; Resident, St. Francis, Wisconsin): Hi, Liane.

HANSEN: Ever been to a clambake.

Mr. CARROLL: I have never been to a clambake.

HANSEN: Lot of fun. Lot of fun. What do you do in Wisconsin?

Mr. CARROLL: I'm a network systems administrator for a small company.

HANSEN: And what does that mean?

Mr. CARROLL: It means that anything with a plugging, it is responsibility. From the toaster all the way up to the servers.

HANSEN: Excellent.

HANSEN: Are you a natural puzzle player?

Mr. CARROLL: I've always have like riddles and puzzles ever since I was a little kid.

HANSEN: How long have you been doing this on a radio?

Mr. CARROLL: About 10 years off and on.

HANSEN: Yeah. Do you shout at your radio?

Mr. CARROLL: I do.

HANSEN: You do. Well, now, you know what? You don't have to shout. You can just play. Are you ready?

Mr. CARROLL: I am ready. Yeah.

HANSEN: All right. Will meet David. Let's play.

SHORTZ: All right, David. Every answer today is the first and last name of a famous person. I'm going to give you a two-word phrase. Change one letter in each word to name the person. And here's a hint. The letter you change to is the same in the first and last names.

For example, if I said, seal pens, S-E-A-L P-E-N-S, you would say, Sean Penn. And in each case, you're changing to an N.

Mr. CARROLL: Okay.

SHORTZ: All right. Number one is salty fiend, S-A-L-T-Y F-I-E-N-D.

Mr. CARROLL: Sally Field.

HANSEN: Nice.

SHORTZ: Sally Field, very good. Number two is party hearse, P-A-R-T-Y H-E-A-R-S-E.

Mr. CARROLL: Patty Hearst.

SHORTZ: Patty Hearst is right. Mix furrow, M-I-X F-U-R-R-O-W.

Mr. CARROLL: Liane, help.

HANSEN: Star of...

Mr. CARROLL: Mia Farrow.

HANSEN: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Mia Farrow, good job. Any ladders, A-N-Y L-A-D-D-E-R-S.

Mr. CARROLL: Ann Landers.

SHORTZ: Ann Landers. Good. Best packs, B-E-S-T P-A-C-K-S.

Mr. CARROLL: Bert, is it...

SHORTZ: Bert, yes. Bert is right.

HANSEN: Bert.

SHORTZ: Where do you put the R in the last name?

Mr. CARROLL: At the end. Who is that?

HANSEN: Bert, Bert Par.

SHORTZ: Bert Parks.

HANSEN: Parks, of course. Yeah, that's right. R between before the X. There you go. "There She Is, Miss America," the guy who used to sing that. That's who that is, David.

Mr. CARROLL: Okay. I didn't know.

HANSEN: Bert Parks. Oh, my goodness.

SHORTZ: He's too young. Here's your next one. Carry ponds, C-A-R-R-Y P-O-N-D-S.

HANSEN: Okay.

SHORTZ: You want to think baseball.

Mr. CARROLL: Barry, Barry Bonds.

SHORTZ: Barry Bonds is right. Hunk apron, H-U-N-K A-P-R-O-N.

HANSEN: Excuse me.

Mr. CARROLL: Hank Aaron.

HANSEN: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Hank Aaron, good. Red burner, R-E-D B-U-R-N-E-R.

Mr. CARROLL: Ted Turner.

HANSEN: Mm-hmm.

SHORTZ: Ted Turner, good. Pierce cutie, P-I-E-R-C-E C-U-T-I-E. It's a famous scientist.

HANSEN: Oh.

Mr. CARROLL: All coming to mind is Madame Curie.

HANSEN: Yeah. What's her first name?

SHORTZ: Well, think of her husband.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. CARROLL: Oh, good one. I have no idea who her husband was.

HANSEN: Pierre.

Mr. CARROLL: Pierre Curie.

HANSEN: Yeah.

SHORTZ: There you go. Good. All right. Try this one. March poll, M-A-R-C-H P-O-L-L. And I give you a hint. Change the last letter of the first name.

Mr. CARROLL: March poll. I'm not getting anywhere with this.

HANSEN: Change the last letter. There's Marcy.

SHORTZ: And it's not Marcy.

HANSEN: Okay. Marcus, no.

SHORTZ: Close.

HANSEN: Close.

Mr. CARROLL: Marc.

SHORTZ: He's a famous traveler.

HANSEN: Marc Polo.

Mr. CARROLL: Marco Polo.

HANSEN: Marco.

SHORTZ: Marco Polo is right.

HANSEN: Polo.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SHORTZ: And here is your last one. It's a fictional one. Meter wiper, M-E-T-E-R W-I-P-E-R.

Mr. CARROLL: Peter Piper.

SHORTZ: Peter Piper. Good job.

HANSEN: Hey, David, you know what?

Mr. CARROLL: What's that?

HANSEN: I think you did very well.

Mr. CARROLL: Thank you, Liane.

HANSEN: I think we made a really good team with this one.

Mr. CARROLL: I had a great time.

HANSEN: It was. It was a lot of fun. It was very funny, actually. Nice work.

Mr. CARROLL: Some of it was really hard.

HANSEN: Yes, they were. I agree with you. But we did well. I mean, you know, we only needed help with a couple of them. So 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 Puzzle Master Presents" from Random House volume 2, Will Shortz's "Little Black Book of Sudoku" and "Black and White Book of Crosswords" from Saint Martin's Press and one of Will Shortz's "Puzzle Master Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books.

Wow, David, what's your member station? What do you listen to?

Mr. CARROLL: WUWM.

HANSEN: In Milwaukee.

Mr. CARROLL: That's correct.

HANSEN: All right. David Carroll from St. Francis, Wisconsin. Thanks a lot for playing the puzzle. It was a lot of fun.

Mr. CARROLL: Thank you.

HANSEN: All right, Will, let's keep the fun going. What's the challenge for next week?

SHORTZ: Yes. It's a - it's not a very hard one. Rearrange the letter of charades, C-H-A-R-A-D-E-S, to make two words that are synonyms. So again, take the word charades, C-H-A-R-A-D-E-S, rearrange those letters to make two words that are synonyms. What are they?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our Web site, npr.org, and click on the Submit Your Answer link on the Sunday Puzzle page. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline this week 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 puzzle master Will Shortz.

Thanks a lot, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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