Missing In Action Every answer is a familiar phrase in the form of "___ and ___." You'll be given the two missing words, each with a letter removed, and you give the phrases. For example, given "lot and fund," the answer would be "lost and found."
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Missing In Action


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer and it is time for the puzzle.


WERTHEIMER: Joining me now is WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master Will Shortz. Good morning, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: So, Will, could you go over our challenge from last week again?

SHORTZ: Yes. The challenge was to name a world capital whose letters can be rearranged to spell a popular and much-advertised drug. And the capital was Tripoli. You could rearrange those letters to spell Lipitor.

WERTHEIMER: Almost 800 listeners figured that out. And our winner this week is Thad Beier of Lafayette, California. He joins us by smartphone app, so we have a nice clear line. Congratulations, Thad.

THAD BEIER: Well, thank you, Linda. Thank you, Will.

WERTHEIMER: So, Thad, did you run to a map or a pharmacy first to figure out...


BEIER: Well, you're right. I figured there are a lot fewer heavily advertised drugs than capitals, so I just started going through drugs, and found Lipitor, which has a P in it, which is a pretty uncommon letter, then looked for capitals with a P. And there you go.

WERTHEIMER: What do you do in Lafayette, California?

BEIER: I'm in the movie business. We do movie visual effects. Worked on recent movies like "Transformers 3" doing stereo. And some of the first movies I worked on was "Titanic."

WERTHEIMER: And, Will, have you seen any of these movies?

SHORTZ: Well, of course, I've seen "Titanic." How could you not love "Titanic?" "Transformers"...

WERTHEIMER: "Transformers," that's a new one.

SHORTZ: No, never saw that. That was just too loud.

WERTHEIMER: And, Thad, let's see if your movie magic helps you with solving puzzles. Are you ready to play?

BEIER: Absolutely.

WERTHEIMER: OK, Will, on to you.

SHORTZ: All right, Thad and Linda. Every answer today is a familiar phrase in the form of blank and blank. I'll give you the two missing words - each with a letter removed - you tell me the phrases. For example, if I said lot L-O-T and fund F-U-N-D, you would say lost and found.


SHORTZ: All right. Number one is bat B-A-T and witch W-I-T-C-H.

BEIER: Bait and switch.

SHORTZ: That's it. Number two is fat F-A-T and lose L-O-S-E.

BEIER: Fast and close?

WERTHEIMER: No. You're right there.

SHORTZ: And so how you might play with the facts. You would play fast and...

BEIER: Fast and loose.


SHORTZ: Fast and loose with the facts, right? Pint P-I-N-T and lick L-I-C-K.

BEIER: Point and click.

SHORTZ: That's it. Cash C-A-S-H and bun B-U-N.

BEIER: Crash and burn.

SHORTZ: That's it. Toot T-O-O-T and ail A-I-L.

BEIER: Let's see, pail. Is the letter in the middle?

SHORTZ: No. It's at the end of one word and the start of the other.

BEIER: Tooth and nail.

SHORTZ: Tooth and nail is it. Read R-E-A-D and butte B-U-T-T-E.

BEIER: Bread and butter.

SHORTZ: Bread and butter is it. Hear H-E-A-R and sol S-O-L.

BEIER: Heart and soul. I worked on that movie too.

SHORTZ: Nice. Pen P-E-N and hut H-U-T.

BEIER: Open and shut.

SHORTZ: Good. Ski S-K-I and ones O-N-E-S.

BEIER: Skin and bones.

SHORTZ: That's it. Was W-A-S and war W-A-R.

BEIER: Wash and wear.

SHORTZ: Um-hum. Tie T-I-E and gain G-A-I-N.

BEIER: Time and again.

SHORTZ: That's it. Tars T-A-R-S and strips S-T-R-I-P-S.

BEIER: Stars and stripes.

SHORTZ: That's an easy one. Son S-O-N and dane D-A-N-E.

BEIER: Song and dance.

SHORTZ: That's it. And here's your last one: case C-A-S-E and deist D-E-I-S-T.

BEIER: Cease and desist.

SHORTZ: Cease and desist. Thad, great job.

WERTHEIMER: Very, very good.

BEIER: That was fun.

WERTHEIMER: For playing our puzzle today, you will get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin with which to amaze your friends.

BEIER: I will.

WERTHEIMER: As well as puzzle books and games. And you can read all about it at npr.org/Puzzle. Now, what is your public radio station?

BEIER: It's KQED up here in San Francisco.

WERTHEIMER: Thad Beier of Lafayette, California, thank you very much for playing the puzzle this week.

BEIER: Thanks, Linda. Thanks, Will.

SHORTZ: Thank you.

WERTHEIMER: OK. Will, we're ready for whatever it is you're going to stump us with for next week.

SHORTZ: Well, let's see. The challenge comes for listener Ed Pegg, Jr., who runs the website MathPuzzle.com: Think of something that the majority of adults buy; two words, 10 letters in the first word and nine in the second. It's a familiar and this phrase uses each of the five vowels - A, E, I, O, and U - exactly twice. What familiar product is this?

So again, something that the majority of adults buy, 10/9 is the enumeration. It's a familiar phrase and this phrase uses each of the five vowels exactly twice. What familiar product is it?

WERTHEIMER: When you have the answer, go to our website, npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link - just one entry per person, please. The deadline for entries is Thursday, September 20th at 3 P.M. Eastern Time. Please include a telephone number where we can reach you at about that time.

And if you're the winner, we'll give you a call and you'll get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master, Will Shortz.

Thank you, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Linda.


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