A Real American Hero For each category given, name things that fall under it that begin with the letters in "G.I. Joe." For example, given the category "large," the answers could be "gigantic," "immense," "jumbo," "oversized" and "enormous."
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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen.

And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane. Welcome back.

HANSEN: Thanks a lot. Had a great time at WUOM in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Was at a brunch last Sunday just after the program was over and I played some puzzles with some of the people there from our first book of NPR puzzles, and it was a lot of fun to revisit.

SHORTZ: Oh, nice.

HANSEN: So, it was great. And I understand, do I call you Dr. Will right now?

SHORTZ: As you read, I got an honorary doctorate from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana last Sunday.

HANSEN: Congratulations. And did you have to give a commencement speech?

SHORTZ: No, but I did do an open presentation for the college and the community the night before. Just had a great time.

HANSEN: And you were puzzling them, weren't you?


HANSEN: Yeah. It doesn't matter, name the occasion, Will's there with a puzzle, including on the radio every Sunday. So, remind us of the challenge you gave last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from Ed Pegg Jr. who runs the website MathPuzzle.com. I said divide up the letters of rabbit season into two related words. What are they?

HANSEN: I don't know. What are they?

SHORTZ: Well, the intended answer was bass and baritone. And it was interesting, we got a lot of alternative answers: sober and abstain. I decided that was a near-miss because they're different parts of speech, but they're related, so it was clever.

HANSEN: Well, our listeners were a little bit off-key this week. We only received about 750 entries, but we do have a winner. She was randomly selected, and her name is Denise DiNoto from Albany, New York. Hey, Denise.

Ms. DENISE DINOTO: Good morning.

HANSEN: What do you do in Albany?

Ms. DINOTO: I work in the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program.

HANSEN: How long have you been playing the puzzle?

Ms. DINOTO: About five or six years.

HANSEN: And have you always been sending in entries?

Ms. DINOTO: I have...

HANSEN: Good for you.

Ms. DINOTO: ...when I can figure them out.

HANSEN: Are you ready to play?

Ms. DINOTO: As ready as I'll ever be.

HANSEN: All right. Will, meet Denise. Let's play.

SHORTZ: All right. Denise and Liane, today I brought a game of categories based on G.I. Joe. And you probably know the rules: I'm going to name some categories. For each one, you name something in the category beginning with the letters G-I-J-O and E. For example, if the category were synonyms for large, you might say gigantic, immense, jumbo, oversized and enormous. And you can give the answers in any order.


SHORTZ: Number one is books of the Bible.

Ms. DINOTO: Okay. Genesis...


Ms. DINOTO: ...Exodus...


Ms. DINOTO: ...Isaiah...


Ms. DINOTO: ...is there a Book of Job?


SHORTZ: Yes. Just an O.


SHORTZ: There's only one.

HANSEN: Oh, it's not something like Obadiah, is it?

SHORTZ: Yes, it is Obadiah.

HANSEN: No, you're kidding.

SHORTZ: Good job.

HANSEN: From the recesses of my reptile brain. Okay.

SHORTZ: Excellent. Category number two: animals in a zoo.

Ms. DINOTO: A gorilla.


Ms. DINOTO: Jaguar.


Ms. DINOTO: Orangutan.


Ms. DINOTO: How about iguana.


SHORTZ: Yeah, good. So, you just need an E.

Ms. DINOTO: Elephant.


SHORTZ: Elephant, nice job. All right. Next category is spaces in the game Monopoly.

Ms. DINOTO: Oh goodness. Okay.

SHORTZ: What's the very first square?


SHORTZ: Go is your G.

HANSEN: Oh, very good.

Ms. DINOTO: Income tax.


SHORTZ: Income tax, good.

Ms. DINOTO: I think that comes as a space.

SHORTZ: Indiana and Illinois also work. Okay.

Ms. DINOTO: Okay. Jail.

HANSEN: Jail, yes.

SHORTZ: Jail, yes.

HANSEN: Very good. So we need an O? Orient.

Ms. DINOTO: Oriental.

SHORTZ: Oriental.

HANSEN: Oriental.

Ms. DINOTO: Oriental.

HANSEN: Oriental. And just an E to go. It's a utility.

Ms. DINOTO: Electric Company.

HANSEN: There you go.

SHORTZ: Electric Company, nice. And how about islands?

Ms. DINOTO: Greenland.


Ms. DINOTO: Iceland.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh.

Ms. DINOTO: Java.

SHORTZ: Java, good. Jamaica also.


SHORTZ: Oahu, nice.

Ms. DINOTO: That was the one I was going to ask.

SHORTZ: Okinawa and the Orkneys also work. And how about an E?

HANSEN: Eleuthera.

SHORTZ: Eleuthera is...

HANSEN: Right.

SHORTZ: ...a very obscure island. Is that one of the Bahamas?

HANSEN: It's near Bermuda, I think.

SHORTZ: Excellent. I would've taken Easter, Elsmere or Elba.

Ms. DINOTO: I was going to say Easter Island.

HANSEN: More well-known choice probably.

SHORTZ: All right. Your last category is: Characters in Shakespeare.


Ms. DINOTO: Okay. Iago.


Ms. DINOTO: Juliet.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh.

Ms. DINOTO: Othello.


HANSEN: Goneril from "King Lear," the daughter.

SHORTZ: Okay. Yes, yes. Gertrude, Guildenstern and Gloucester all work. And just an E to go.


SHORTZ: Well, there's quite a few, but I'll tell you the best known one is the wife of Iago.

HANSEN: Gosh, I don't know Iago's wife.

Ms. DINOTO: I don't know either.

HANSEN: I know Desdemona but, you know, that's one I retained.

SHORTZ: And how about just a generic...

Ms. DINOTO: Edward.

HANSEN: Edward.

SHORTZ: I'm not aware of an Edward.

HANSEN: Really? There are no Edwards?

SHORTZ: I couldn't find an Edward.

HANSEN: Really? Edgar then.

SHORTZ: Edgar in "King Lear," yes. There's also Edmund, Eleanor, Emilia is the wife of Iago, and I would've taken Earl of Oxford and Earl of Essex.

HANSEN: Oh, you would have?

Ms. DINOTO: Oh, Okay.

HANSEN: Well then, you know...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. DINOTO: This seems so much easier when Im playing it at home.

HANSEN: It always is. Denise, you did a great job. You were smoking. And to tell you what you'll receive for playing the puzzle today, it's kind of curious - we're going to be marking the passing of Fritz Sennheiser, who was an acoustic pioneer responsible for many of the microphones and headphones we've used at NPR. So to tell you what you'll receive for playing the puzzle is NPR technician emeritus and past president of the Audio Engineering Society, Jim Anderson.

Mr. JIM ANDERSON (Former President, Audio Engineering Society): 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.

HANSEN: What do you think, Denise?

Ms. DINOTO: I think it's great.

HANSEN: Oh, yeah. Now we're all happy. It's over, right?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. DINOTO: I will wear the pin with pride.

HANSEN: Aww, thats nice. But we can't let you go yet. You have to tell us what member station you listen to.

Ms. DINOTO: I listen to WAMC, Northeast Public Radio.

HANSEN: And that's Denise DiNoto from Albany, New York. You were such fun. Thanks for playing the puzzle with us today.

Ms. DINOTO: Oh, thanks so much. It was fun.


Will, whats the challenge for next week?

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes. Name a country and the name is spelled as a solid word. Change two consecutive letters in it to an R, as in Roger. And the result will name a problem that this country traditionally has faced. What is it?

So again, name a country spelled as a solid word. Change two consecutive letters in it to a single R. The result will name a problem that this country traditionally has faced. What's the country and what's the problem?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our Web site, NPR.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline is Thursday, 3 P.M. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. We'll call you if youre 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, Dr. Will Shortz.

Thanks a lot, Will.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thanks Liane.

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