Categories Fit For 'Radio' To mark Liane Hansen's 20th anniversary hosting Weekend Edition Sunday, this puzzle is a game of categories using the word "radio." Will Shortz names the categories, and the guest names something in the categories beginning with each of the letters in "radio."
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And joining us on the phone today is puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hey, Will.


HANSEN: So, tell us where you are and what you're doing.

SHORTZ: I am in Antalya, Turkey for the 18th World Puzzle Championship. The championship isn't over, but...

HANSEN: Well, as I recall, the U.S. team has done very well in world championships past.


HANSEN: Well, you have to remind us of the challenge that you gave to our puzzle champion listeners last week.

SHORTZ: Yeah, and it was actually, turned out, we had a slight flaw in it, which I'll explain in a moment. It came from Ed Pegg, Jr., who runs I said, take the name Noah Adams - as in the former host of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED - add the phrase: false teeth. And I said you can rearrange all 19 letters to name a famous work of literature. What work is it?

HANSEN: And what's the answer?

SHORTZ: The answer is "The Death of a Salesman." And as several listeners have pointed out, the actual title of the work doesn't start with the article, the, it's just "Death of a Salesman."

HANSEN: All right. So, "Death of a Salesman." We received more than 900 entries this past week and from the correct entries, our randomly selected winner is Dave Taylor from Glendale, California. Hi, Dave.

M: Good morning, Liane.

HANSEN: Listen to you. You're so enthusiastic. How long did it take you to solve the puzzle?

M: Well, actually, I solved it in the first five minutes, but I didn't think I did because the the kind of threw me for a loop, so I kept solving for another day, but couldn't come up with any better answers. So I submitted "The Death of a Salesman."

HANSEN: Well, there you go. Tell us what you do in Glendale.

M: I'm the director of engineering for a media technology company here in Southern California.

HANSEN: Okay. Well, it sounds like you're raring to go to play.

M: I'm doing my best.

HANSEN: All right. Well, Will, meet Dave, and let's play.

SHORTZ: All right, Dave and Liane, today I brought a game of categories. And, Liane, this is to mark your, I believe, your 20th anniversary hosting WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY.

HANSEN: That's it, yeah.

SHORTZ: And that I brought a game of categories using the word radio. I'll name the category, you name something in the category beginning with each of the letters R-A-D-I-O. For example, if the category were women's names, you might say Rachel, Alice, Doris, Imogene and Opal.

M: Okay.

SHORTZ: Here is your first category, it's things in a kitchen. And no food items, just things in a kitchen.

M: Okay. Dish.

SHORTZ: Dish or dishwasher, yes.

M: R, rag.

SHORTZ: Rag, okay. Refrigerator, range, ricer, uh-huh.

M: And I'm trying to think of...

HANSEN: Let's see, oven.

SHORTZ: Oven is a good O, so you need A and I.

HANSEN: And it can't be food. Like, we can't do apple and ice cream or anything like that.


M: Apple corer?

HANSEN: A what?

SHORTZ: Apple corer, okay.

HANSEN: All right.

SHORTZ: And all you need is an I.

HANSEN: How about an ice cream maker?

SHORTZ: Ice cream maker, an icebox and incinerator would all work. All right, your next category is foreign makes of cars.

M: Okay. Isuzu.

SHORTZ: Isuzu, good. Infiniti also works.

M: Datsun.

SHORTZ: Datsun - they don't make that anymore.

M: Oh, they have to be current foreign.

SHORTZ: There's a couple of Ds from Korea.

M: The Daihatsu.

SHORTZ: Daihatsu and Daewoo, yes.

M: A.

HANSEN: I'll go with the R. Rolls Royce, Renault.

SHORTZ: Oh, nice. And Renault, yes, both of them, uh-huh.

HANSEN: All right, so, we need an A.

SHORTZ: A and an O.

HANSEN: A, Audi?

SHORTZ: Audi, yes. And there's an O that's been in the news just in the last week.

M: Opel.

SHORTZ: Opel, yeah. And here's your last category: colleges and universities that don't have state names in their names.

M: Rensselaer.

SHORTZ: Rensselaer, very good.

HANSEN: Very good. That's the one I was going to go for. Amherst College.

SHORTZ: Amherst. Yes.

HANSEN: Oberlin College for an O.

SHORTZ: Oberlin, good. Old Dominion, uh-huh. So, just D and I.

HANSEN: Dartmouth.

SHORTZ: Dartmouth, good. Duke, DePaul, Duquesne. And so, just an I.

HANSEN: And no University of Indiana or anything, like, you would be familiar with.

SHORTZ: Right. There's one in upstate New York and then there's one that appears in crosswords all the time with four letters with three vowels.

HANSEN: Ionia(ph), is that it?

SHORTZ: Oh yeah, you basically have it. It's Iona.


M: Iona, wow.

SHORTZ: And, also, Ithaca would've worked.

HANSEN: Oh, right, of course.

SHORTZ: Nice job.

HANSEN: Dave, wasn't expecting categories.


M: I was not expecting categories.

HANSEN: I think together we made a pretty good team.

M: Thank you very much. Twenty years of experience has stood you well.


M: I appreciate that.

HANSEN: It all goes out the door when I step in here every time to do the puzzle, believe me. Anyway, as well as you know, you get to take home some wonderful prizes for playing the puzzle with us. And we have a very special guest to tell you about them. And as you mentioned, today, we're marking my 20th anniversary as host of WEEKEND EDITION on Sunday. And we've invited senior producer emeritus Robert Malesky to join us in the studio. Bob, it's really good to see you again.

ROBERT MALESKY: You too, Liane. Thanks for having me.

HANSEN: So you're ready to give Dave his prizes?

MALESKY: Dave, for playing our puzzle today, you'll get the coveted WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the 11th Edition of "Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus," the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers, "The Puzzlemaster Presents," from Random House, Volume Two. Will Shortz's latest book series, "Will Shortz Presents KenKen" Volumes One, Two and Three from St. Martin's Press. One of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books and the new CD compilation of NPR Sunday Puzzles.

HANSEN: Nice work, Bob. We should've put you behind the microphone a long time ago.

MALESKY: I don't think so.


HANSEN: Dave, what do you think?

M: That's going to keep me busy for quite a while. That is wonderful.

HANSEN: Excellent. And before we let you go, Dave, tell us what member station you listen to.

M: I listen to and am a member of KPCC in Pasadena here.

HANSEN: We do love that word: member. Dave Taylor from Glendale, California. Thanks for playing our puzzle with us.

M: Thank you very much, indeed. Thanks, Will. Thanks, Liane.

HANSEN: And, Bob, actually, before you go, look back at the two decades that we've worked together on WEEKEND EDITION. What were some of your favorite moments?

MALESKY: Well, the road trips we went on were always great fun. I remember particularly, too, the time when we went to your hometown.

HANSEN: Worcester.

MALESKY: Worcester, Massachusetts.


MALESKY: And did two large segments two weeks in a row. It was not only fun to see how your hometown had changed over the decades, but it was fun watching you reminisce in your hometown.


MALESKY: The other one was when we went to Memphis to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. And there, we had only one interview set up with Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles, who was a friend of King's and was with him on his last days. Well, it was a two-hour interview that it was about the most intense thing I ever sat through. It was really quite amazing.

HANSEN: And, Bob Malesky, it's really good to see you again. Thanks a lot for coming in.

MALESKY: Anytime, Liane.

HANSEN: I bet you're glad you don't have to get up early on Sunday morning any more.

MALESKY: Don't miss it a bit.


HANSEN: All right, Will. We're coming back to you because we'll be here next week and we need a challenge.

SHORTZ: So, again, a nationality, write it in capital letters, remove one stroke from the first letter and one stroke from the last letter, hold up a mirror at the side and the nationality name will be perfectly reflected in the mirror. What nationality is it?

HANSEN: Thanks a lot, Will. Have fun.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane. Congratulations again.

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