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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Get those synapses firing, folks, because it is time for the puzzle.


MARTIN: 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: 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?

MARTIN: Well, about 420 of you figured out the answer. And our randomly selected winner this week is Jeanne Grace of Fairport, New York. Congratulations, Jeanne.

JEANNE GRACE: Thank you, Rachel.

MARTIN: OK. So, what was the answer to last week's challenge?

GRACE: The answer was Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which can also be pronounced Porto Prince.

MARTIN: Nicely done. This was a hard puzzle. I mean, how long did this take you to figure out?

GRACE: I was still working on it till Thursday morning. I was running all the three-syllable capitals I could think of and not getting anywhere. And then my husband reminded me it was a barefoot person. And so I started looking for anything with a toe, and that got me to where I needed to be.

MARTIN: So, a little shout-out to your husband for his helpful hints.

GRACE: Yes, indeed.

MARTIN: And what do you do in Fairport?

GRACE: I am a retired as a professor in a school of nursing.

MARTIN: And now have a little more time for puzzles, I imagine.

GRACE: I always managed even when I was working full-time.

MARTIN: Good for you. OK. Before we continue, let's welcome the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle master Will Shortz. Good morning, Will.

SHORTZ: Good morning, Rachel. And congratulations, Jeanne. That was a tough one.

GRACE: Thank you. And good morning, Will.

SHORTZ: And a lot of people were working on Mogadishu, because that ends in the syllable shoe. But you were right. You concentrated on the toe.

MARTIN: So, OK. What do you have in store for us today, Will? More world capital puns?

SHORTZ: Something different we haven't done in a while. It's a game of categories. It's based on the word robin, as in the spring bird. I'm going to give you a series of categories. For each one, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters R-O-B-I and N. For example, if the category were two-syllable boy's names, you might say Roger, Omar, Barry, Isaac and Neville.


GRACE: Well, I think we can do this, Rachel.

MARTIN: Really? You're positive? OK. I like your attitude, Jeanne, I like your attitude. Let's try it, Will. Take it away.

SHORTZ: All right. Your first category is chemical elements.

GRACE: Chemical elements. Well, we get radium, boron, iodine, nitrogen and oxygen.

SHORTZ: Oxygen. So fast. Nice job.

MARTIN: Jeanne, you don't even need me. Are you kidding?

GRACE: Oh, yes, I will.


SHORTZ: Your second category is islands.

GRACE: Islands. Bahamas, Oahu, Nihau, which is...

SHORTZ: Nihau, really?

GRACE: ...the island off Kauai. That's the forbidden island in Hawaii.

SHORTZ: OK. Also New Guinea, Newfoundland would have worked.


SHORTZ: All you need R and I.

GRACE: R and I. Well, there's Rhode Island but it's not really an island.

SHORTZ: Yeah, I won't count that one.


GRACE: OK. Rarotonga.

SHORTZ: OK. Well, you're impressing me here. My answers were Rhodes, the Isle of Rhodes and Reunion or Reunion, however that's pronounced. In Polynesia.

GRACE: We still have an I to go, Rachel.

MARTIN: OK. All right. I...


MARTIN: I suppose Indonesia doesn't count 'cause...

GRACE: Iceland.

SHORTZ: Iceland does it. Ireland and Ios would have worked. All right. Nice job. Your next category is Major League Baseball team names.

GRACE: Oh, dear. Well, let's try Red Sox, Orioles. Rachel, I'm going to need some help here.

MARTIN: Are the Brewers are baseball team.

SHORTZ: Brewers, yes. Also, the Braves and Blue Jays.

GRACE: And then the Indians. And the Nationals.

SHORTZ: Nationals, so good. And your last category is things you might see in a hospital.

GRACE: In a hospital. OK. Operating rooms should be O. Neonatal intensive care units would give us the N. The I is going to be intensive care units.

SHORTZ: All right. You could have said nurse for N. OK. And you need R and B again.

GRACE: I need R and B. Respirators.

SHORTZ: And the B is the easiest one. Where do...

GRACE: Beds.

SHORTZ: The beds, yes.

MARTIN: The beds. Wow, great job, Jeanne. Really. That was extraordinary. For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games. And you can read all about it at And, Jeanne, before we let you go, tell us what public radio station you listen to.

GRACE: We are members of both WXXI in Rochester and WRVO, which is Watertown-Oswego-Syracuse and points a bit to the east.

MARTIN: Great, double membership. Love to hear. Jeanne Grace of Fairport, New York. Thanks so much for playing the puzzle this week, Jeanne.

GRACE: Now, it was fun.

MARTIN: OK, Will, what do you have for us next week?

SHORTZ: Yes, the challenge comes from listener Gary Witkin of Newark, Delaware. Take the name Bronte, B-R-O-N-T-E, using only these six letters, repeating them as often as necessary, spell a familiar six-word phrase. What is it?

So again, the name Bronte, use only these six letters but repeat them as often as necessary, spell a familiar six-word phrase. What is it?

MARTIN: OK, When you have the answer, go to our website, and click on the Submit Your Answer link - just one entry per person, please. And our deadline for entries is Thursday, May 10th at 3 P.M. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And if you are 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, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Rachel.

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