Accentuate The Positive A "dactyl" is a metrical foot in three syllables, accented on the first syllable, like "Anderson." Every answer is the name of a famous person whose full name is a double dactyl, like "Pamela Anderson."
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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden, sitting in for Liane Hansen.

And joining us now is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hello, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Jacki. Nice to talk to you again.

LYDEN: You know, we thought about asking you to pronounce the name of that volcano in Iceland and we decided that we weren't going to do that.

SHORTZ: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

LYDEN: Are you traveling someplace a lot less thrilling but maybe geographically nearer?

SHORTZ: Well, big thing this weekend. Friday and Saturday is the fifth World Sudoku Championship, which is taking place in Philadelphia and I'm the director. There are teams from more than 30 countries around the world coming to compete for two days of Sudoku. It should be a good time.

LYDEN: Well, remind us of the challenge you gave last week, would you please, Will?

SHORTZ: Yes. I said name a country in six letters, change two consecutive letters in it to one letter to get the name of another country. What countries are these?

LYDEN: And the answer?

SHORTZ: The answer is Guyana to Ghana - changing U-Y to H.

LYDEN: Now, we had almost 1,500 correct entries this week, which is really a lot. Our randomly selected winner is Jim Lofe of Pelham, Alabama. Welcome to the show, Jim Lofe.

Mr. JIM LOFE: Thank you, Jacki.

LYDEN: Now, Jim, tell us where Pelham is.

Mr. LOFE: Pelham is just south of Birmingham, Alabama, maybe 15 miles.

LYDEN: And what do you do there?

Mr. LOFE: Well, I'm fortunate enough to be retired. I'm an early retiree. I worked for the Southern Company as a reliability engineer for about 30 years.

LYDEN: A reliability engineer - I like the sound of that.

Mr. LOFE: Oh, yes.

LYDEN: I could use one of those. And how long have you been playing our puzzle?

Mr. LOFE: Probably since you started.

LYDEN: Were you all hoping you might win?

Mr. LOFE: Oh, yeah. I kept telling my girlfriend, I'll never get called.

LYDEN: Well, are you guys ready to play?

Mr. LOFE: Okay.

LYDEN: Will, please take it away.

SHORTZ: All right, Jim and Jacki. A dactyl is a metrical foot in three syllables, accented on the first syllable, like Anderson. Every answer today is the name of a famous person whose full name is a double dactyl, like Pamela Anderson. I'll give you clues plus initials of the people. You tell me the people.

And here's number one: president between Grover Clevelands two terms. Oh, and the initials are B.H., as in boy and hat.

Mr. LOFE: Let's see, boy and hat.

SHORTZ: B.H., president between Grover Cleveland's two terms.

Mr. LOFE: Hayes.

SHORTZ: No, and it's got to be dah-dah-dah, dah-dah-dah. He's the relative of William Henry.

Mr. LOFE: Oh, Benjamin Harrison.

SHORTZ: Benjamin Harrison is right. Number two is star of TV's "Murder She Wrote." Your initials are A.L.

Mr. LOFE: Angela Lansbury.

SHORTZ: Good. All right. Your initials are C.A. - C as in Carol - jazz saxophonist who led a popular sextet. And if you don't know - oh, and the first name is something that an old pirate ship might have sent across the water to another ship.

LYDEN: Something a pirate ship might have sent across the water to another ship.

SHORTZ: Yeah, well, think of a weapon on a pirate ship.

Mr. LOFE: Cannonball.

SHORTZ: Cannonball.

Mr. LOFE: Cannonball Adderly.


SHORTZ: Cannonball Adderly, good, you got it. All right. Your initials are E.D., a comedienne with her own talk show.

Mr. LOFE: Oh yeah, Ellen DeGeneres.

SHORTZ: Ellen DeGeneres, good. All right. Your initials are N.M. - that's Nancy and Mary - president of Iraq.

Mr. LOFE: Mohammad...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. LOFE: I don't know his first name.

LYDEN: No, well, it's Nouri al-Maliki.

SHORTZ: Good. All right. Your initials are P.B. - as in peanut butter -director who directed "The Last Picture Show."

Mr. LOFE: Peter.

LYDEN: We should know this.

SHORTZ: Peter is right, yes, good.

Mr. LOFE: Brockovich?

SHORTZ: You have it, Peter Bogdanovich.

Mr. LOFE: Oh, Bogdanovich.

SHORTZ: You got it.

Mr. LOFE: I (unintelligible) movies.

SHORTZ: Try this one: G.S. - and the S as in Sam - co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America."

Mr. LOFE: Gene Shallot?

SHORTZ: No. It's got to be dah-dah-dah, dah-dah-dah.

LYDEN: George, oh, George Stephanopoulos.

SHORTZ: Um-hm. George Stephanopoulos.

LYDEN: It sounds better when you sing it, doesn't it?

SHORTZ: Thank you very much. Um-hm. Okay. Your initials are L.O., a noted Shakespearean actor.

Mr. LOFE: Lawrence.


LYDEN: Um-hum.

Mr. LOFE: Olivier.

SHORTZ: Lawrence Olivier, good.

LYDEN: Great.

SHORTZ: All right. Your initials are L.B. - B and in boy - classical composer with nine symphonies.

Mr. LOFE: Oh, Ludwig van Beethoven.

SHORTZ: That's it. How about S.R. - S as in Sam - Russian composer and pianist.

Mr. LOFE: Rachmaninoff, Sergei.

SHORTZ: That's it Sergei Rachmaninoff is right. The initials are A.K., title heroine of a Tolstoy novel.

Mr. LOFE: Anna Karenina.

SHORTZ: That's it. And your last one has three - it's a three-part name - and the initials are S.R.R. and your clue is a middleweight boxer whom the Associated Press...

Mr. LOFE: Sugar Ray Robinson.

SHORTZ: You didnt even need the full clue. Sugar Ray Robinson.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SHORTZ: Nice job.

LYDEN: Well, perfect.

SHORTZ: I'm glad I redeemed myself at the end.

LYDEN: Oh, congratulations. Now, we're a good team because there were things you knew I could not have known.

LOFE: Exactly. Thank you very much.

LYDEN: And Will is a great stumper. Well, Jim, that was fantastic. And as we do every week, weve got a special guest with a list of prizes, Jim, for playing today. And she was a guest on WEEKEND EDITION Saturday, hosted by colleague and friend Scott Simon. Heres Maria Bartiromo.

Ms. MARIA BARTIROMOM (News Anchor, CNBC): For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the "Scrabble Deluxe Edition" from Parker Brothers," the book series, "Will Shortz Present KenKen" Volumes 1, 2 and 3 from St. Martin's Press, one of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddle and Challenges" from Chronicle Books, and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday Puzzles.

LYDEN: Before we go, tell us your member station, would you please, Jim?

Mr. LOFE: That would be WUAL in Tuscolosa.

LYDEN: Well, Jim Lofe from Pelham, Alabama, thanks for playing the puzzle with us and double dactyl, Tuscolosa, Alabama, Will?

(Soundbite of laughter)

SHORTZ: Tuscolosa. No quite. No, thats a different stress pattern.

Mr. LOFE: Home of the Crimson Tide.

LYDEN: Home of the Crimson Tide.

SHORTZ: There you go.

LYDEN: All right, great. Well, thank you again.

Mr. LOFE: Well, thank you so much. I enjoyed it.

LYDEN: And, Will, whats the challenge for next week?

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Doug Heller of Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Name a famous person whose first name in seven letters ends with the name of a bird, and whose last name also in seven letters starts with a bird. And Ill give you hint: One of these birds is the general name for the bird; the other is a specific type of bird.

So again, famous person, first name seven letters, ends with the name of a bird, last name also seven letters, starts with a bird. What famous person is this?

LYDEN: Wow. Some people might tweet that in.

When youve got the answer, go to our Web site, and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline is Thursday at 3 P.M. East Coast Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time and we'll call you if youre the winner - dont worry - 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. That was, as always, a lot of fun.

SHORTZ: Thanks a lot, Jackie.

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