AUDIE CORNISH, host:
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.
And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hello there, Will.
WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Audie.
CORNISH: So, I hear you're doing a little bit of traveling these days.
SHORTZ: Yeah, next weekend, July 1 to 4, is the National Puzzlers League convention in Seattle. And I'm flying to Montana to see a friend. I'm going to play table tennis in Missoula, and then the next day play in Boise, Idaho and then drive on to Seattle.
CORNISH: Can we switch gigs? It seems like it's all fun and games for you, Mr. Shortz. So, remind us of the challenge you gave last week.
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Pete Collins of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I said: Think of a product you might buy at a hardware store in two words. Replace the first letter of the first word with an S, as in Sam, and replace the first two letters of the second word with an S. The result will be two new words that are opposites. What are they?
CORNISH: What's the answer?
SHORTZ: Well, the thing you might buy is a paint thinner. And change those letters to Ss, you get saint and sinner.
CORNISH: Ah. So, Will, we received more than 1,300 entries this week and out of all of those entries, our lucky chosen winner is Linda Colson from West Suffield, Connecticut. Hi there, Linda.
Ms. LINDA COLSON: Hi, how are you?
CORNISH: So, what do you do in West Suffield?
Ms. COLSON: Well, Im retired from working in first and second grade in schools. And now I do a lot of quilting.
CORNISH: And how long have you been playing our puzzle?
Ms. COLSON: Well, I can remember sending in a few postcards.
CORNISH: Oh, okay then. One of the pros. So, I'm going to assume that you are ready to play the puzzle now.
Ms. COLSON: Yes, I am.
CORNISH: All right. Will, meet Linda. Linda, meet Will. And let's play.
SHORTZ: Hi, Linda. And, Audie, jump in anytime. Every answer today is the first and last name of two famous people in which the names are anagrams. For example, Dolly Lloyd. As in Dolly Parton and Christopher Lloyd. I'll give you the people's other names, you give me the names that are anagrams. For example, if I said, Christopher Parton, you would say Dolly Lloyd.
Ms. COLSON: Okay.
SHORTZ: All right. Hope you have pencil and paper handy. Here's number one: Ralph Agassi.
Ms. COLSON: Ralph Agassi. Okay. Andre and...
SHORTZ: Yes, yes, that's correct. Andre...
Ms. COLSON: Agassi and Nader.
SHORTZ: That's correct. Andre Nader, good job. Number two is Yitzhak Williams, Yitzhak Williams.
Ms. COLSON: Rabin.
SHORTZ: Yes, Rabin is right and blank Williams. What's an anagram of Rabin. He anchors one of the evening newscasts.
Ms. COLSON: Brian.
SHORTZ: That's it. Brian Rabin, good one. How about Sophia Michaels, Sophia Michaels.
Ms. COLSON: Sophia Loren.
SHORTZ: That's right.
Ms. COLSON: Lorne Michaels.
SHORTZ: Lorne Michaels - Lorne Loren. Good one. Suze Pulaski - and Suzie is S-U-Z-E.
Ms. COLSON: Orman and Roman.
SHORTZ: That's right. Roman Orman. Good one. How about Benedict Reagan.
Ms. COLSON: Benedict Arnold and Ronald Reagan.
SHORTZ: That's it, Ronald Arnold, good one. Johnny Powers. And I'll give you a hint: the Powers one is a fictional name: Johnny Powers.
CORNISH: None of these hints have helped me so far, just so you know.
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Ms. COLSON: Austin Powers.
SHORTZ: That's it, Austin. And Johnny - famous football star.
Ms. COLSON: Oh boy. Now - Unitas.
SHORTZ: That's it - Austin Unitas, good one. Walt Poitier.
Ms. COLSON: Sidney.
Ms. COLSON: Walt Disney.
SHORTZ: Sidney Disney is the answer, good one. Lawrence Hemingway. And you're looking for a famous author. It's the other half. He wrote "Tristram Shandy."
Ms. COLSON: Oh, I need help.
CORNISH: Don't we all, Linda? No, I'm just kidding. All right. We're supposed to know this.
SHORTZ: Oh, that's okay. I'll tell you this one. It's Ernest Sterne, as in Lawrence Sterne and, obviously, Ernest Hemingway. And here's your last one: Frankie Hansen. That's Frankie ending I-E and Hansen is H-A-N-S-E-N. And for Frankie you're looking for a famous singer from the past.
Ms. COLSON: Frankie Avalon.
SHORTZ: Yeah, not that one.
Ms. COLSON: Oh. Frankie Laine.
SHORTZ: Frankie Laine is it, L-A-I-N-E. And now you need a famous Hansen that's an anagram of Laine.
CORNISH: We're finally close to one I might know.
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MR. SHORTZ: And it's a name you know well.
Ms. COLSON: Gee, Hansen.
CORNISH: Linda, do you need a little help?
Ms. COLSON: I do.
CORNISH: I think its our illustrious host, Liane Hansen.
MR. SHORTZ: That's it. Liane Laine. She's here in spirit this week. Congratulations.
CORNISH: Linda, you did a great job.
Ms. COLSON: Thank you very much and thank you for your help.
CORNISH: All right, Linda. To tell you what youll receive for playing the puzzle today is the famous multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, or rather her alter ego.
Ms. LAURIE ANDERSON (Composer, Poet, Photographer, Filmmaker): (As Fenway Bergamot) Hello, this is Fenway Bergamot. 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.
CORNISH: Okay, before we let you go, Linda, tell us what member station you listen to.
Ms. COLSON: WAMC in Albany.
CORNISH: Linda Colson from West Suffield, Connecticut, thanks so much for playing the puzzle with us.
Ms. COLSON: Thank you very much.
CORNISH: And, Will, what's the challenge for next week?
MR. SHORTZ: Yes. Name a famous English composer with two vowels in his last name. Interchange the vowels and you'll get the last name of a famous American writer. Who are these two people? So again, a famous English composer with two vowels in his last name. Interchange the vowels and you'll get the last name of a famous American writer. Who are these two people?
CORNISH: 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. Our deadline is Thursday at 3:00 P.M. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time and we'll call you if youre the winner. And you'll get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz.
And, Will, before we say goodbye, next week Jacki Lyden will be sitting in for Liane, so you'll be playing the puzzle with her. Thanks so much.
MR. SHORTZ: Sounds good. Thanks a lot, Audie.