A Day at the Opera Every answer in this week's on-air puzzle is the name of an opera. The clues are in the form of anagrams. For example, if the clue is "moan-plus-R," the answer would be "Norma."
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A Day at the Opera

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Hi, Will.


HANSEN: You left us with a challenge last week. Would you repeat it for us again, please?

SHORTZ: I said take a common three-letter word, move each letter three places later in the alphabet, the resulting letters can be re-arranged to spell a new word that is a synonym of the original. What words are these?

HANSEN: What are they?

SHORTZ: The answers are Fib and Lie.

HANSEN: How are you doing, Brendan?

BRENDAN O: How are you, Liane? Very well, thank you.

HANSEN: And you have a delightful - is that a kiwi accent?

KEEFE: Yes, I'm from New Zealand.

HANSEN: What do you do in Parkersburg, West Virginia?

KEEFE: I'm a research chemist working for Momentive Performance Materials.

HANSEN: Oh, my goodness. How long have you been playing the puzzle?

KEEFE: About one year.

HANSEN: A bit of a rookie, but I think you'll be all right if you solved this last week's challenge. You ready to play?

KEEFE: Yes, I am.

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

SHORTZ: All right, Brendan. Every answer today is the name of an opera. You name the operas from their anagrams. For example, if I said, moan, M-O-A-N, plus R, you would say "Norma."

KEEFE: Okay.

SHORTZ: All right?

HANSEN: How is your opera, Brendan?

KEEFE: I'm not strong on opera, but we'll see here, I guess.

HANSEN: All right.

SHORTZ: Number one is coat, C-O-A-T, plus S.

KEEFE: "Tosca."

SHORTZ: Number two is fats, F-A-T-S, plus U.

KEEFE: "Faust"?

SHORTZ: Next one is cream, C-R-E-A-M, plus N, as in Nancy.

KEEFE: "Carmen."

SHORTZ: Foiled, F-O-I-L-E-D, plus I.

KEEFE: "Fidelio"?

SHORTZ: Who said he wasn't good in opera.

HANSEN: He really. I think he's faking us.

KEEFE: I'm good at anagrams.

SHORTZ: Oh, good.


SHORTZ: Relate, R-E-L-A-T-E, plus K. This is a name from classical Greek mythology.

KEEFE: Okay. I'm struggling with this one. Liane, I might need some help here.

HANSEN: Me too. Oh, "Elektra."

SHORTZ: Try this one rotunda, R-O-T-U-N-D-A, plus T, as in Thomas. It's an opera by Puccini, and it's a solid word, a name.

HANSEN: How are you doing, Brendan?

KEEFE: I'm not so good on this one. And the anagrams get longer.

HANSEN: Yeah. It's a - do I get points off for bad pronunciation?

SHORTZ: Go ahead.

HANSEN: Well, "Turandoe(ph)"? "Turandot(ph)"?

SHORTZ: "Turandot" yeah.


SHORTZ: Try this one: colored, C-O-L-O-R-E-D, plus Q. I give you a hint. It's by Rimsky Korsakov, and the answer is three words.

KEEFE: El something (unintelligible).

SHORTZ: The title is in French.

HANSEN: Le(ph)

SHORTZ: Try Le, L-E. Yes.

HANSEN: Okay, so let me eliminate those.

KEEFE: Le Coq.


SHORTZ: That's it.


SHORTZ: "Le Coq d'Or," excellent.

HANSEN: All right. That was a good team one, Brendan.

KEEFE: Thanks, Liane.

SHORTZ: How about this, fireside, F-I-R-E-S-I-D-E, plus G. Again, it's a solid name. It's by Wagner, and it's part of "The Ring Cycle." First letter is S, as in Sam.

HANSEN: And were he playing Las Vegas where he have a partner named Roy?

SHORTZ: Yes, it was.

KEEFE: "Siegfried."


SHORTZ: "Siegfried" is good.


KEEFE: Thanks for the help, Liane.

HANSEN: Yeah. My pleasure.


SHORTZ: Your last one...

HANSEN: Oh, yes.

SHORTZ: ...is dog handlers.


SHORTZ: I was very proud of this one. Dog handlers, D-O-G-H-A-N-D-L-E-R-S, plus I.


SHORTZ: Once more, it's by Wagner. And I'll give you a hint. It's two words. The first word is a German article.




SHORTZ: Das is right, yes. And the second word is also the name of a brand of beer.

KEEFE: That should make it easier.


HANSEN: Whoa. I'm totally confused now. D-A-S. Das? Das Ring...

SHORTZ: No such thing.

HANSEN: Rheingold.

SHORTZ: There you go. "Das Rheingold."

HANSEN: "The Rhine Gold."


SHORTZ: Whoo. Man.

HANSEN: Hey, you know, Brendan? You know what? I think we made a pretty good team here. You're on the roll at the beginning and I was on the roll at the end.

KEEFE: Yes. Thanks for the help. I certainly needed it.

HANSEN: Wow. You deserve this, Brendan. Tell us what member station you listen to.

KEEFE: I'm a member of WDPG, and I always listen to WOUB in Athens, Ohio.

HANSEN: We do love that word - member. Brendan O'Keefe from Parkersburg, West Virginia, thanks a lot for playing the puzzle. We really needed you today.

KEEFE: Thank you. Any time.

SHORTZ: So did I.

HANSEN: All right, Will. I feel like I should sing. What's the challenge for the next week? But I'm not going to.

SHORTZ: So again, "Il Trovatore." Drop one letter. Rearrange the remaining 10 letters to spell two words that are synonyms. What synonyms are they?

HANSEN: Hey, Will, thanks a lot.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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