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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
Summer is almost here. And while the temperatures are sizzling outside, we here at WEEKEND EDITION are ready to chill with The Puzzle.
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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining me, as always, is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster. Will, good morning.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yeah, it came from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass. I said take the brand name of a product that's usually consumed in the morning. Drop the first two letters, and read the remaining letters backward, and you'll get a word associated with the evening. What's the brand? And what's the word? Well, the brand is Cheerios, the cereal. Drop the C-H, read the rest backward, and you get soiree.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We got over 900 correct answers, and our randomly selected winner this week is Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn. Congratulations, Joseph.
JOSEPH YOUNG: Thank you very much, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So how'd you come up with the answer?
YOUNG: Well, I looked for the things you'd eat at breakfast, and there's coffee and there's juices. But the overwhelming majority of them are cereals, so I just started going through cereals and hit on Cheerios and soiree.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: There you go. Are you a big puzzler?
YOUNG: Yes, I am. And I also have a puzzle blog that I do every week that I've been doing for three years, where I try to do puzzles like Will does.
YOUNG: They're not as good as Will's puzzles, but I do try to do them.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So you're a real puzzle aficionado. That's amazing.
YOUNG: I (inaudible) puzzles. Yes, I do.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You have a question for Will, I'm sure. What is it?
YOUNG: Well, one was relating to my blog. What would a professional puzzler like you give advice for me to increase the traffic on my "Puzzleria!" blog?
SHORTZ: Well, I think you just did it, announce it on this program.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Exactly, I was about to say. It's called "Puzzleria!" (laughter).
YOUNG: Yeah, it's Joseph Young's "Puzzleria!" Right, thank you.
SHORTZ: There you go.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, are you ready to play The Puzzle?
YOUNG: Oh I believe, yes. (Laughter) I guess.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And you're going to have to do well because if not, people are going to be like, I'm not going to this guy's blog.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Lots of pressure. Here we go.
SHORTZ: All right, Joseph. Every answer today is the name of a well-known U.S. city in seven letters. I'm going to give you a word or phrase that contains those letters in left-to-right order but not consecutively. You name the city. For example, if I said intervention and New Jersey, you would say Trenton because the letters of Trenton are found in left-to-right order in intervention.
SHORTZ: Here's number one. Landscaping, Michigan.
SHORTZ: That's right. Number two is metamorphosis, Tennessee.
SHORTZ: Chemical group, Illinois.
YOUNG: Chemical group. Let's see.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: The name of a musical.
SHORTZ: That's true, and it's one of the biggest cities in the United States.
YOUNG: Oh, Chicago.
SHORTZ: Chicago is it. Groundswell, New Mexico.
YOUNG: Groundswell. Not Santa Fe...
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I feel like doing the little aliens...
SHORTZ: There you go. There's a hint.
SHORTZ: Roswell is right.
YOUNG: OK, great.
SHORTZ: Your next one is ambivalence, Texas.
YOUNG: Let's see. Let's see. Ambivalence.
SHORTZ: I'll give you a hint. It starts with an A.
YOUNG: A - Austin. No, not Austin (laughter). Abilene.
SHORTZ: Abilene is it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good job.
SHORTZ: Lieutenant Colonel, Nebraska.
YOUNG: Let's see, colonel.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: He was one of our most famous presidents.
SHORTZ: There you go. Good clue.
YOUNG: Lincoln (laughter).
SHORTZ: Lincoln is it. Maldistribution, Wisconsin.
SHORTZ: That's it. Ultraviolet light, North Carolina.
YOUNG: Not Charlotte.
SHORTZ: No, it's very near there, though.
YOUNG: Ultraviolet light, boy, North Carolina.
SHORTZ: Starts with an R.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It's got a twin city next to...
YOUNG: Oh, Raleigh.
SHORTZ: Raleigh is it. Good. White Christmas, Kansas.
YOUNG: Kansas, Kansas. I can't think of a city in Kansas (laughter). Topeka - no.
SHORTZ: It starts with a W.
YOUNG: W - Wichita (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: There you go.
SHORTZ: Wichita is good. Rhetorical question, Texas.
YOUNG: Rhetorical question, oh, boy.
SHORTZ: Again, it's one of the largest cities in the United States.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oil town.
SHORTZ: Houston is it. And your last one is bodybuilder, Colorado.
YOUNG: Boulder (laughter).
SHORTZ: Boulder is it. Nice job.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That was a really good job.
YOUNG: Thank you for all the help (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: No, that's - part of the fun is coming up with hints (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And Joseph, what member station do you listen to?
YOUNG: KNSR in Collegeville.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn. the name of his blog is "Puzzleria!," thank you so much for being on the program today.
YOUNG: Thank you very much, too.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK, Will, what's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah, it's a spinoff of my on-air puzzle. Name a creature in nine letters. It has two words in its name. Drop the consecutive letters U-R, and the result will name a major U.S. city in seven letters. What is it? So again, a creature in nine letters, two words, drop the consecutive letters U-R, and the result will name a major U.S. city in seven letters. What city is it?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: 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. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Coincidentally, it's the day before my birthday. So include a phone number where we could reach you at about that time. 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 puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks, Will.
SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu. And happy birthday a few days early.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Thanks.
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