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SHEILAH KAST, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Sheilah Kast sitting in for Liane Hansen, and joining us is Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hi, Will.

Mr. WILL SHORTZ (Puzzlemaster): Hi, Sheilah, welcome back.

KAST: Well, thanks. Since you and I last spoke, you've become a movie star. What's that like?

Mr. SHORTZ: Well, yeah, this - I was - for Word Play, you know, I was reading the reviews of the movie all over - from all over the country. You know, there's this great Web site, rottentomatoes.com, where they collect reviews from everywhere in all publications around the country, and I love these reviews because looking at the way people describe me. One reviewer called me monkish and remote, but my favorite sentence of all, it says, Shortz's gentle manner and French foreign agent mustache go along way to making him a thinking girl's pinup nerd.

KAST: How dashing. So you're getting a whole new look at yourself.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yeah.

KAST: Well, remind us of the challenge you left us with last week.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, it came from listener Philip Goodman of Binghamton, New York. I said name a well-known American of the past consisting of eight letters. This is the person's full name, as he or she was known. Six of the letters are consonants, and all six of these consonants are Roman numerals. Who is this famous person?

KAST: And the answer?

Mr. SHORTZ: The answer is Malcolm X.

KAST: We had over 1,200 entries from people who tried to solve the puzzle and our winner, randomly selected from the correct answers, is Michael Christiano(ph) from Madison, Wisconsin. Hello, Michael.

Mr. MICHAEL CHRISTIANO (Caller): Hello.

KAST: And what do you do there in Wisconsin?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: I am actually a recent graduate of the College of Automotive Management and I'm an F&I Director for an automobile dealership.

KAST: F&I?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: That's Finance and Insurance, the guy who gets you the car and the bank to give you the loan.

KAST: Uh-huh, and how long have you been playing the puzzle?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Oh, about five years.

KAST: Are you good at it?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: When I'm not on the radio doing it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

KAST: Well, are you ready to play?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: I'm ready.

KAST: Will, meet Michael and let's play.

Mr. SHORTZ: All right, Michael, today's puzzle is called 2-D. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word ends in D and the second word starts with D. For example, if I said, coloring for maraschino cherries, you would say red dye.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Okay.

Mr. SHORTZ: Number one is a nightmare.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Bad dream.

Mr. SHORTZ: That's right. Number two what a weather vane indicates.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Wind direction.

Mr. SHORTZ: That's it. Nickname for Virginia.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Virginia.

KAST: Yeah, it starts with a reference to age.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Old Dominion.

Mr. SHORTZ: Good clue, Sheilah. It has hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Card deck.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Slang for a woman who's just after a man's money.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Gold digger.

KAST: Boy, that came fast, Michael.

Mr. SHORTZ: Where information is stored on a computer.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Hard drive.

Mr. SHORTZ: Excellent. A husky.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Sled dog.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. A screwdriver or seven and seven.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Mixed drink.

Mr. SHORTZ: Excellent. Someone who gives at a Red Cross drive.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Blood donor.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. A social engagement with someone you've been set up with.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: A blind date.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. French, Russian, or Thousand Island.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Salad dressing.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. A very fast driver.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Road...

Mr. SHORTZ: No.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: No.

Mr. SHORTZ: It's sort of an informal term for a very fast driver, you'd call someone a...

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Speed demon.

Mr. SHORTZ: Speed demon is it. Intense questioning as by the police. They'd give you the...

KAST: One, two...

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Third degree.

Mr. SHORTZ: Third degree is it. What you're on for nourishment if you can't eat solid food.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Liquid diet?

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. What a C-note is worth?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: One hundred dollars.

Mr. SHORTZ: Right. In statistics, a measure of dispersion in a frequency distribution.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Is there a helpline for that one?

Mr. SHORTZ: Or a lifeline, yeah.

KAST: Tell us again.

Mr. SHORTZ: In statistics, a measure of dispersion in a frequency distribution.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: I'm totally lost.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yeah, do you know, Sheilah?

KAST: I never took statistics. Give us another - is there another...

Mr. SHORTZ: No, I'm just going to have to tell you. It's standard deviation.

KAST: Oh.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Oh, for goodness sakes.

Mr. SHORTZ: Okay. You got a few more here.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Okay.

Mr. SHORTZ: Classic British lexicon, informally. Well, first of all, what's a lexicon? What would hold words with definitions?

KAST: Oh, a dictionary.

Mr. SHORTZ: Right and which one from Britain? It's a place name in Britain.

KAST: It's a university...

Mr. SHORTZ: That too. Go ahead, Sheilah.

KAST: Oxford Dictionary.

Mr. SHORTZ: The Oxford Dictionary...

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Oh.

Mr. SHORTZ: ...I was going for. Try this, losses suffered when a river overflows its banks.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Flood damage.

Mr. SHORTZ: Flood damage is it. A sentry's assignment.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: A sentry's assignment?

Mr. SHORTZ: Yeah. You know, S-E-N-T-R-Y.

KAST: Yeah, keeping watch.

Mr. SHORTZ: What would a sentry be?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Guard duty?

Mr. SHORTZ: Guard duty is it. And your last one, a common back injury.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Slipped disc.

Mr. SHORTZ: Slipped disc is correct.

KAST: Wow, that was fun.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: That was exciting.

KAST: You did a great job.

Mr. SHORTZ: You did a great job.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Thank you.

KAST: And for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the 11th Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, not the Oxford, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers, the Puzzlemaster Presents from Random House, Volume Two; Word Play, the official companion book to the movie featuring Will Shortz from St. Marten's Press; and one of Will Shortz's Puzzlemaster decks of Riddles and Challenges from Chronicle Books. Michael, what member station do you listen to?

Mr. CHRISTIANO: WHAD.

KAST: In Milwaukee.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Correct.

KAST: Michael Christiano from Madison, Wisconsin. Thanks for playing the puzzle with us.

Mr. CHRISTIANO: Thanks for having me.

KAST: And now, Will, what challenge do you have for us for next week?

Mr. SHORTZ: Well, think of a word meaning criminals. Think of another word for a certain crime. Read these words one after the other, and you'll get a new word for something that may be a crime. What is it? And I'll tell you the longer word is unrelated etymologically to the shorter words. So, again, a wording meaning criminals, add another word for a certain crime, read them together and you get a new word for something that may be a crime, what is it?

KAST: It's a real mystery. 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, 3:00 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 Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Thanks a lot, Will.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thanks, Sheilah.

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