Creature Double Feature You are given categories. For each of the categories, name an item starting with each of the letters in the word "ghost." For example, given the category "girls' names," answers could be Greta, Hilda, Olive, Sue and Trish.
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And joining us is puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hey, Happy Halloween, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Happy Halloween, Liane.

HANSEN: A lot of people were confused about the challenge. I think it was about the homophone anagram. We got a lot of anagrams but not so many homophones. Would you repeat it, please?

SHORTZ: Yes. I said name the capital of a country, rearrange the letters to spell a word that sounds the same as the name of another country. What capital and country are these?

HANSEN: And what's the answer?

SHORTZ: The answer is Seoul S-E-O-U-L, the capital of South Korea. You can rearrange those letters to spell Louse L-O-U-S-E, which sounds like Laos, the country.

HANSEN: Well, this one was tough. We received just 824 entries, but out of those entries, our randomly selected winner is Victoria Shaw from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Congratulations.

VICTORIA SHAW: Thank you, Liane.

HANSEN: What do you do in Wauwatosa?

SHAW: I am a substitute teacher and on my free time I do trivia and I perform at comedy sports as an amateur.

HANSEN: I understand that you actually are going to be performing later today.

SHAW: Yes, I am.

HANSEN: Oh boy. How long did it take you to solve this challenge?

SHAW: Actually, I was in the car with my husband. We listen to NPR whenever we're on a fairly long road trip. And I heard it and I was sitting there for about 15 minutes and I go, wait a minute, I got it.

HANSEN: All right. How long have you been playing?

SHAW: This is actually my first time submitting an answer.

HANSEN: Oh, one of those, huh? All right. Beginner's luck. Are you ready to play the puzzle?

SHAW: I sure am.

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

SHORTZ: All right, Victoria and Liane, today I've brought a Halloween-related game of categories using the word ghost. And you know the rules. I'll give you some categories, for each one name something in it starting with each of the letters G-H-O-S-T. For example, if the category were girl's names, you might say Greta, Hilda, Olive, Sue and Trish.


SHORTZ: OK? Category number one is musical instruments.

SHAW: Guitar, harp, oboe, sousaphone and trumpet.

SHORTZ: That was fantastic. Good job. Category number two is fruits.

SHAW: Guava...


SHAW: ...what is that fruit that starts with H?

HANSEN: Move onto O.

SHAW: Yeah.


SHAW: I can't think of one that starts with O either.

HANSEN: Orange.

SHORTZ: Orange is easy, yes. Um-hum.

SHAW: A strawberry and...


SHAW: ...tomato.


SHORTZ: What about an H?

HANSEN: What about an H?

SHORTZ: There's a kind of berry.

HANSEN: Holly.

SHORTZ: Yeah, you don't eat - I don't know if that's a...

HANSEN: You can't.

SHORTZ: ...fruit.

HANSEN: Doesn't count. Don't eat it. Doesn't count.

SHAW: Huckleberry.

HANSEN: Huckleberry.

SHORTZ: Huckleberry.

HANSEN: Very good.

SHORTZ: Also honeydew would have done. How about common names for newspapers, like press or chronicle.

SHAW: Ooh, that's a tough one.

HANSEN: How about Times for T.

SHORTZ: Times is good for T.

SHAW: Sentinel for S.

SHORTZ: Sentinel, good.

SHAW: Let's see...

SHORTZ: For O, there's a big one in Charlotte, North Carolina.

HANSEN: Observer.

SHORTZ: Observer, yes.

HANSEN: Observer.

SHORTZ: As in the Charlotte Observer, right.

HANSEN: OK. G and H.

SHAW: Oh, Herald for H.

HANSEN: Herald. And it's bigger competitor.

SHAW: Globe.

HANSEN: Got it.

SHORTZ: The Globe. Gazette would have worked as well. How about cities hosting the Olympics, either summer or winter?

SHAW: Let's see if I can think of any of them.

HANSEN: Salt Lake City.

SHAW: Torino.

SHORTZ: Salt Lake City and...

HANSEN: Torino.

SHORTZ: ...that's good. Torino, good. So, G, H and O.

SHAW: G, H and O.

SHORTZ: How about the 1952 Winter Olympics for the O, and it's in Scandinavia.


SHAW: Oslo.

SHORTZ: Oslo is it.

HANSEN: Has to be, has to be.

SHORTZ: There's the 1968 Winter Olympics.

HANSEN: Not Geneva.


SHAW: No to Geneva.

HANSEN: Oh gosh, I should know this.

SHAW: This is tough.

SHORTZ: All right. I'll tell you that one. It's Grenoble.

HANSEN: Grenoble, of course, Grenoble.

SHORTZ: All right. And for H it's the 1952 Summer Olympics also in Scandinavia.

SHAW: Helsinki?


SHORTZ: Helsinki is it, yes. And here's your last category: things seen in a car's interior.

SHAW: OK. Well, there would be the odometer for O.

SHORTZ: Good, good.

SHAW: Seatbelt for S.

SHORTZ: Yes. Um-hum.

SHAW: Turn signal for T.


SHAW: Let's see, H. The headlight.

SHORTZ: Headlight, horn or headrest, yes. And just a G left.

SHAW: And G, gear shift.

SHORTZ: Gear shift, glove compartment, gas pedal and gas gauge. Good job.

HANSEN: Nice work, Victoria. Well, we have two people to tell you what you'll get for playing our puzzle today. They just published a children's book about the life if Jimi Hendrix. It's called "Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow." And here's illustrator Javaka Steptoe and author Gary Golio.


GARY GOLIO: 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 Presents KenKen" Volumes 1, 2 and 3 from St. Martin's Press.

JAVAKA STEPTOE: One of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books, and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday puzzles.

HANSEN: A whole trick or treat bag full of stuff. What do you think, Victoria?

SHAW: Yeah, that's a great trick or treat prize.

HANSEN: You bet.

SHAW: I love it.

HANSEN: You bet. What member station do you listen to, before we let you go?

SHAW: I'm a member of WUWM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

HANSEN: Magic word: member. Victoria Shaw of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, thanks so much. You were a great guest for playing the puzzle with us.

SHAW: Thank you so much, Liane.

HANSEN: Will, puzzle challenge for the coming week.

SHORTZ: So again, a creature in six letters, move the first three letters to the end. Read the result backward to name another creature. And if you break either six- letter word in half, each pair of three letters will themselves spell a word. What creatures are these?

HANSEN: And, Will, I should let everybody know that Lynn Neary is going to be sitting in this chair next week, because I'm going to fabulous Las Vegas.

SHORTZ: All right.

HANSEN: Oh, well, it's for work purposes, not just the entertainment. Well, maybe I'll be doing a little bit of both.


HANSEN: We'll give you an update on the show, anyway. But for now, again, Happy Halloween. Thanks, Will.

SHORTZ: Happy Halloween, Liane.

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