LIANE HANSEN, host:
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen.
And joining us is puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hey, Will.
WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane.
HANSEN: Remember that brainstorm I had last week when I actually got the answer Eleuthera to your island beginning with E?
HANSEN: I made a big mistake and I was corrected by many listeners and I want to mention Henry Young in Tampa. Eleuthera is in the Bahamas, so you were right when you asked me where the island was and it's in the Bahamas. And...
SHORTZ: And then I made a little mistake. The listeners for the - asking for a Shakespearean character starting with E suggested Edward. And I said, I don't think there are any Edwards in Shakespeare. Well, I was wrong.
HANSEN: Right. There's one. There's the King Edward in "Richard III." We found that out from a listener as well. Okay. I mean, nobody's perfect, right? We're going to start then after this correction and clarification we get the challenge. What was it for last week?
SHORTZ: Yes. I said name a country spelled as a solid word, change two consecutive letters in it to an R, as in Roger, the result will name a problem that this country traditionally has faced. What's the country and what is the problem?
HANSEN: And what's the answer?
SHORTZ: Well, the country is Malaysia. Change the YS to an R and you get malaria.
HANSEN: Well, we received more than a thousand entries this week and our randomly selected winner is Dave Taube from Eugene, Oregon. Welcome to the show, Dave.
Mr. DAVE TAUBE: Good morning.
HANSEN: So, what do you do in Eugene?
Mr. TAUBE: What do I do? Well, I'm a house dad and I own some rental properties here. I rent mostly to students at the University of Oregon.
HANSEN: Ah. And you love puzzles?
Mr. TAUBE: Oh, I love puzzles.
HANSEN: How long have you been playing our puzzle?
Mr. TAUBE: Your puzzle for about a year, year and a half.
HANSEN: Oh, well, all right. Well, you sound raring to go.
Mr. TAUBE: I'm raring to go.
HANSEN: All right. Well, Will, meet Dave. Let's play.
SHORTZ: All right, Dave, I'm going to give you some words. For each one, change one letter in the word to a new letter to get a common name for a newspaper. For example, if I said tomes, T-O-M-E-S, you would say Times, changing the O to an I.
Mr. TAUBE: Okay.
SHORTZ: All right, number one is tribute.
Mr. TAUBE: Tribune.
SHORTZ: That's right. Number two is posh, POSH.
Mr. TAUBE: Post.
SHORTZ: Post is right. Hedger, H-E-D-G-E-R.
Mr. TAUBE: Ledger.
SHORTZ: That's it. Glove, G-L-O-V-E.
Mr. TAUBE: Um...
HANSEN: There's one in Boston.
SHORTZ: There's a big one in Boston.
Mr. TAUBE: Globe.
SHORTZ: The globe is it. Good. Resister. R-E-S-I-S-T-E-R.
Mr. TAUBE: Register.
SHORTZ: Register, good. Empress. E-M-P-R-E-S-S.
Mr. TAUBE: Um, impress?
Mr. TAUBE: Express.
SHORTZ: Express is it. Would, W-O-U-L-D.
Mr. TAUBE: World.
SHORTZ: That's it. Reword. R-E-W-O-R-D.
Mr. TAUBE: Record.
SHORTZ: That's it. Deporter. D-E-P-O-R-T-E-R.
Mr. TAUBE: Reporter.
SHORTZ: That's it. Lender, L-E-N-D-E-R.
Mr. TAUBE: Leader.
HANSEN: Oh, good.
SHORTZ: Very good. Onion. O-N-I-O-N.
HANSEN: There is already a newspaper named The Onion.
Mr. TAUBE: Union.
HANSEN: Oh, sorry.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Mr. TAUBE: Yeah, there is. Union.
SHORTZ: It's the union, yes.
HANSEN: Union, right.
SHORTZ: How about preps? P-R-E-P-S.
Mr. TAUBE: Can you spell that again?
SHORTZ: Yeah, like, you preps as in your preps for a test.
Mr. TAUBE: Oh, preps, okay, I thought you said crepes. Press.
HANSEN: Oh, good.
SHORTZ: Press is it. Nets. N-E-T-S.
Mr. TAUBE: News.
SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Sue, S-U-E.
Mr. TAUBE: Sun.
SHORTZ: That's it. And your last one is stay. S-T-A-Y.
Mr. TAUBE: Star.
SHORTZ: Star. Dave, nice work.
HANSEN: Yeah, you know your newspapers.
Mr. TAUBE: Oh, well, thank you.
HANSEN: You must read a lot of them.
Mr. TAUBE: I actually don't. I do read a Register, that's our local paper.
HANSEN: That's cool. Yeah, well, I read the Times and several Posts. So, and the news and whatever journal, as I think that's the one that we didn't get to. So, well, to tell you what you're going to receive for playing the puzzle today, we have the editor of a graphic anthology. It's like a collection of Native American myths and lore. Here's Matt Dembicki.
Mr. MATT DEMBICKI (Editor, "Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection"): For playing our puzzle today you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the "Scrabble Deluxe Edition" from Parker Brothers, the series "Will Shortz Presents KenKen" volumes one, two and three from St. Martins Press, one of "Will Shortz's Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday puzzles.
HANSEN: I should tell you the name of that collection is "Trickster," about creatures or beings that like to create chaos. I think that - Will, you wouldn't consider yourself a trickster, would you?
(Soundbite of laughter)
SHORTZ: Oh no. No, no, no.
HANSEN: No, no, no, no. No, you're just a crafty person, that's all. What do you think, Dave?
Mr. TAUBE: That's right.
HANSEN: All right. Well, before we let you go, tell us what member station you listen to.
Mr. TAUBE: KLCC in Eugene, Oregon.
HANSEN: Okay. Dave Taube from Eugene, Oregon, man, you were fabulous. Thanks for playing with us today.
Mr. TAUBE: That was a lot of fun. Thank you very much.
HANSEN: Oh good. I'm glad you had a good time. Sometimes people aren't sure they're going to have a good time or not.
But here's your chance to get in on the action. Will's going to give you a challenge for next week. What is it?
SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minnesota. Take the name of a nationality, write it in lowercase letters. Remove the first letter and rotate one of the remaining letters 180 degrees. The result will be the name for another nationality. What is it?
So, again, name for a nationality, write it in lowercase letters. Remove the first letter, rotate one of the remaining letters 180 degrees to get the name for another nationality. What nationalities are these?
HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our website, NPR.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Only one entry per person, please. And our deadline is Thursday, 3 P.M. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at 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.
Thank a lot, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.
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