'Hailing Cabs' Puzzlemaster Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. (This week's winner is Lynda Unowsky from Hot Springs Village, Ark. She listens to Weekend Edition on member station KUAR in Little Rock.)
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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hi, Will.

WILL SHORTZ (Puzzle Master): Hi, Liane.

HANSEN: You gave us a challenge last week that was, you know, on the surface it sounded very easy. But it turned out to be much more difficult than that, and it had to do with the names of a couple--a bird and an animal. Would you--a mammal actually. Would you repeat the clue?

SHORTZ: Yes, it came from listener Ron Gallup. And I said take the names pelican and antelope, the first is a bird, the second a mammal. The last two letters of pelican are the first two letters of antelope, and the last two letters of antelope are the first two letters of pelican completing a loop. And I asked: Can you name another bird and mammal this is true of?

HANSEN: OK. And your answer?

SHORTZ: The answer is cardinal and alpaca.

HANSEN: I love that. Where did that--a listener sent this into you.


HANSEN: Ron Gallup. Fascinating.


HANSEN: Six hundred entries from people who solved the puzzle, and our randomly selected winner from those correct answers is Lynda...

Ms. LYNDA UNOWSKY (Contestant): Unowsky.

HANSEN: ...Unowsky. Thank you, Lynda. And she's in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Hi, Lynda.


HANSEN: What do you do there?

Ms. UNOWSKY: My husband and I r--he's a retired microbiologist. And when he retired, we went all over the country and ended up here and we love it.

HANSEN: Where were you before you ended up in Arkansas?

Ms. UNOWSKY: We were in Maryland.

HANSEN: How long have you been playing the puzzle?

Ms. UNOWSKY: About six months.

HANSEN: Yeah. Really?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Yeah.

HANSEN: How did you find this one? Did you find it difficult?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Very.



HANSEN: But you did it?


HANSEN: And you sent in an entry?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Yes, I did.

HANSEN: And you answered the phone.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Yes, I did.

HANSEN: So you must be ready to play?


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

SHORTZ: All right, Lynda. Today's puzzle is called `Hailing Cabs.' Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word starts with C-A and the second word starts with B. For example, if I said breakfast meat that's part of an Egg McMuffin. You'd say Canadian bacon.

Number one, something you pin on yourself with a candidate's name.

Ms. UNOWSKY: A candidate's...

HANSEN: Would that be a campaign button?

SHORTZ: A campaign button.

Ms. UNOWSKY: A campaign button, right.

SHORTZ: Good one. All right. Number two, it can hold your Nikon or Olympus.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Camera box.

SHORTZ: Yeah, but what you'd carry around. Camera is right. What would you carry around? Not a box, but a...

Ms. UNOWSKY: I would carry a camera bag.

SHORTZ: Camera bag, that's it. An emergency telephone beside a road for calling the fire department or police.

Ms. UNOWSKY: A call box.

SHORTZ: Call box, good job. Product made by Delco. And it would help start your automobile. What helps start your...

Ms. UNOWSKY: Battery cable.

SHORTZ: Battery is right. There's your B. And what's the synonym of auto?


SHORTZ: Car battery, there you go.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Car battery.

SHORTZ: Try this one. Unlimited freedom.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Unlimited freedom.

SHORTZ: It's a French phrase.


SHORTZ: Also used in English, though.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, carte blanche.

SHORTZ: Carte blanche is right. Portable ammunition holder?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, boy.

SHORTZ: And it might be connected--would have bullets.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Bullets, right.

HANSEN: Rambo would have them...

SHORTZ: You might sling it over your...

HANSEN: ...an X in front of his chest.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Of course.

SHORTZ: Do you know this one, Liane?

HANSEN: Is it cartridge belt?

SHORTZ: Cartridge belt, good job.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, wow.

SHORTZ: Try this one. One who sneaks in a house to steal.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Cat burglar.

HANSEN: Oh, right.

SHORTZ: Cat burglar is right. Central figure in "Mutiny on the Bounty."

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, boy. Captain Bly.

SHORTZ: Captain Bly. Good. Snickers or Three Musketeers?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Candy bars.

SHORTZ: Ah-huh. I-495 around Washington?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Capitol Beltway.

HANSEN: Yeah...

SHORTZ: Capitol Beltway.

HANSEN: ...should know.

SHORTZ: I knew you guys would get that. What you get with a rebate?

Ms. UNOWSKY: You get with a rebate?

HANSEN: Or if you go into a grocery store and you use your debit card and they say, `Would you like...

Ms. UNOWSKY: Credit?

SHORTZ: No, you don't want to just pay for your purchases. You want something in addition.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Right.

HANSEN: I think that would be cash back.

SHORTZ: Cash back.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Right.

SHORTZ: Good one, Liane.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Right.

SHORTZ: Good. Try this one. One who runs errands on a ship?

Ms. UNOWSKY: The something--cabin boy.

SHORTZ: Cabin boy, yes. The White House in Spanish?

Ms. UNOWSKY: In Spanish?

SHORTZ: Ah-huh.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, boy, Casa Blanca?

SHORTZ: Yes. Casa Blanca, yes. It may be mixed in a bowl using Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Cake batter.

SHORTZ: Cake batter. An advanced math text?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Calculus?

SHORTZ: Yes. Text? A volume.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Calculus...

HANSEN: A book?

SHORTZ: Calculus book, yes.

HANSEN: A book. A book.

SHORTZ: Good. Poet Maya Angelou knows why it sings?

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, a caged bird.

SHORTZ: Caged bird is right. And your last one: where to set the Thanksgiving turkey for cutting.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Carving board.

SHORTZ: Carving board is right.

HANSEN: Nice work, Lynda. Nice work.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Thank you.

HANSEN: Well, you'll get some things for playing our puzzle today. You'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin; the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Bros.; "The Puzzle Master Presents" from Random House, volume two; and three Sudoku wordless crossword puzzle books presented by Will Shortz from St. Martin's Press.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Oh, wonderful.

HANSEN: Yes, a lot of loot coming your way.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Sounds great.

HANSEN: Lynda, what member station do you listen to?


HANSEN: All right. Lynda Unowsky from Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, thanks a lot for being our guest today.

Ms. UNOWSKY: Thank you very much.

HANSEN: All right, Will. A challenge now for everyone to work on during the coming week.

SHORTZ: Well, this week's challenge comes from listener Tom Silke(ph) of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Take a familiar brand name seen along roads and highways in the United States. It has five letters, two syllables. The first syllable phonetically is a word that is the opposite of the word spelled by the second syllable. What brand name is it?

So again, a familiar brand name seen along roads and highways; five letters, two syllables. The first syllable phonetically is a word that is the opposite of the word spelled by the second syllable. What brand name is this?

HANSEN: When you have the answer e-mail us at puzzle@npr.org. Only one entry per person please and our deadline this week is Thursday at 3 PM Eastern time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about 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 puzzle master, Will Shortz. There's also information on our Web site an npr.org. And while you're there, you can sign up for NPR's down-loadable Sunday puzzle podcast. Simple visit our Web site, npr.org, and click on nprpodcasts to learn how. Subscribe and the puzzle will be delivered to your computer or MP3 player every week.

Will, thanks a lot.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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