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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. And it is time for the puzzle.

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GREENE: Let's start with last week's challenge from the puzzle editor of the New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle master Will Shortz.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Think of a common man's name in four letters, one syllable. Move each letter exactly halfway around the alphabet. The result will be a common woman's name in two syllables. What names are these?

GREENE: All right. Well, almost a thousand of you figured out the answer to that puzzle. And our randomly selected winner this week is Matt Pallai of Denver, Colorado. Matt, congratulations to you.

MATT PALLAI: Thank you, David.

GREENE: So, Matt, tell us what was the answer to that challenge from last week.

PALLAI: The man's name is Glen and the woman's name is Tyra.

GREENE: Very nice work. So, did you go through the whole alphabet of men's names to get there? I mean, how long are we talking?

PALLAI: This one was long. It took about 15, 20 minutes. And, no, I lined the letters one letter under the next letter and started looking for vowel and consonant patterns and eventually there it was. It jumped out at me.

GREENE: You had a very organized system. Well, are you...

PALLAI: For a very disorganized guy.

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GREENE: Well, you call yourself disorganized. What do you do in Denver?

PALLAI: Actually, I'm a business analyst for an online travel agency. So, I do a lot of work with numbers but my desk is a little messy.

GREENE: Good to know, like mine. But before we go on, let's bring in the puzzle editor of the New York Times, WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.

SHORTZ: Hey, David. Good morning. Congratulations, Matt. That was not an easy puzzle, so I'm impressed.

PALLAI: It was fun. It was a lot of fun.

GREENE: You know, Will, before we go on - I mean, it's nice to play the puzzle with you but I have to stop for one second, because I have to tell you, you were on my vacation recently. And I have a clip of tape to prove it. Listen to this.

JOSH RADNOR: Hey, Will, ten-letter word for diminutive egg-based torte.

SHORTZ: Mini-quiche. Where?

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GREENE: Will, what is that?

SHORTZ: That is "How I Met Your Mother." I was on that sitcom two years ago.

GREENE: That's right. I was watching it on the plane ready to come back and host WEEKEND EDITION. I'm like there's Will Shortz. He's with me already.

SHORTZ: You can't escape me.

GREENE: As I say, indeed. Will, let's - so let's get back to business. Matt, are you ready to play?

PALLAI: I hope so.

GREENE: OK. Will, let's do it.

SHORTZ: Yes. Matt, every answer today is a familiar three-word phrase in which the second word is and, and the first word starts with the letter L. I'll give you the third word of the phrase - that is the end - you tell me the first word, starting with L. For example, if I said master, you would say lord, as in lord and master.

PALLAI: OK. I think I've got it.

SHORTZ: All right. Number one is order.

PALLAI: Law.

SHORTZ: Law and order is right. Number two is learn.

PALLAI: Live.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Right, R-I-G-H-T.

PALLAI: Left.

SHORTZ: Left and right. Found.

PALLAI: Lost.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Clear.

PALLAI: Something and clear. Clear.

SHORTZ: I hear you...

PALLAI: Loud.

SHORTZ: Loud and clear is it. Small.

PALLAI: Large.

SHORTZ: Um-hum. Clark.

PALLAI: Clark?

SHORTZ: That's it - the name Clark.

PALLAI: Like a Clark bar? Am I hearing that right?

SHORTZ: Like a Clark bar, yeah.

PALLAI: Lewis.

SHORTZ: Lewis and Clark is it. It comes to you. Width, W-I-D-T-H.

PALLAI: Length.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Inside.

PALLAI: Low.

SHORTZ: Oh, that's a good one. Gentlemen.

PALLAI: Ladies.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Hardy, H-A-R-D-Y.

PALLAI: Laurel.

SHORTZ: That's right. McCartney.

PALLAI: Lennon.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Times.

PALLAI: Times. Life.

SHORTZ: Life and times is it. Key, K-E-Y.

PALLAI: Lock.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Kisses.

PALLAI: Love.

SHORTZ: That's it. Behold.

PALLAI: Lo.

SHORTZ: That's it. And the next one is a four-word phrase, ending the tramp.

PALLAI: Lady.

SHORTZ: Lady. And your last one is a five-word phrase, ending justice for all.

PALLAI: Liberty.

SHORTZ: Wow. Matt, you killed.

GREENE: Matt, you're a machine.

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PALLAI: I stumbled a little bit there, David. I was sure I was going to have to call in your help.

GREENE: You're a machine. So, Will, would you have taken Lois and Clark from "Superman" instead of Lewis and Clark?

SHORTZ: Lois and Clark, that works too.

GREENE: All right. Well, that's good to know. Hey, Matt, you're incredible. That was - congratulations - that was really nice.

PALLAI: A pleasure.

GREENE: Well, and for playing the puzzle today, you are going to get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin and also puzzle books and games. And you can read all about it at NPR.org/Puzzle. And before we let you go, Matt, tell us what your public radio station is.

PALLAI: KCFR in Denver.

GREENE: All right, well, hello to Denver. Matt Pallai of Denver, Colorado, thank you for playing the puzzle this week.

PALLAI: Thank you.

GREENE: All right, Will, the challenge for next week, give it to us.

SHORTZ: Yes, name the capital of a country that, when said out loud, sounds like a three-word phrase. And this phrase might describe the reason why the police did not catch a barefoot thief. What is the capital and what is the reason?

So again, the capital of a country, say it out loud, three-word phrase. This phrase might describe the reason why the police did not catch a barefoot thief. What's the capital and what is that reason?

GREENE: All right, everyone, have fun with that. When you have the answer, you can go to our website, NPR.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link - just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, May 3rd at 3 P.M. Eastern Time. And please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And if you're the winner, we will give you a call, and you'll get to play on the air, right here with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master, Will Shortz.

Hey, Will, thanks a lot

SHORTZ: Thanks, David.

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