LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
Tomorrow the moon will blot out the sun. But there's one thing that is never eclipsed, and that's 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: What are your eclipse plans, may I ask?
SHORTZ: Well, I will probably watch it on TV or something - a little too far from New York. What about you?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I will be up in Maine, not in the path of totality. But, you know, I will try and catch what I can. Neither of us are good ambassadors for the eclipse, I'm afraid (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yeah. It came from listener Patrick Berry of Jasper, Ala. I said name a long-running TV show in two words, add a C, and rearrange the result to name another long-running TV show also in two words. And the answer is "American Dad," which is on Fox, and add a C, scramble, you get "Candid Camera," which is still on TV Land.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, this week received over 130 correct responses. And our randomly selected winner is Shari Meyer of Somerville, Mass. Congratulations, Shari.
SHARI MEYER: Thank you. My husband and I really are huge puzzle enthusiasts. The very first thing we ever did as a couple was a crossword puzzle. It was the New York Times puzzle actually.
SHORTZ: Oh, cool.
MEYER: So we're very, very, very excited to have won. We've truly have been entering just about every week for a decade.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Aw, that's nice. So the answer to the challenge this week were two TV shows - "Candid Camera" and "American Dad." Do you watch those? Are those some of your favorites?
MEYER: Not especially. I don't know if I've ever seen an episode of "Candid Camera." I've seen a few episodes of "American Dad." But my husband and I started by just looking at a list of long-running shows and "American Dad" stuck out. And from there, we went to a blog that we frequent called Blaine's Puzzle Blog. And the hint there helped us crack it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I hear you're about to be a mom?
MEYER: I am. We're due with our first baby in a month, so.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good luck (laughter).
MEYER: Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And do you have any eclipse plans?
MEYER: I'm not sure just yet. I think we'll probably try to craft something, but we're not traveling to see it. So, you know, we won't get the total - the total view here.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Exactly. Eight months pregnant, I can imagine you're not going to hit the road.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, are you ready to play The Puzzle?
MEYER: I guess so.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, here we go.
SHORTZ: All right, Shari, I'm going to give you some clues. The answer to each one is a six-letter word that rhymes with the last word of the clue. For example, if I said cause of muscle pain, you would say strain.
SHORTZ: OK, here's number one - time of year when birds start to sing.
SHORTZ: That is it. Number two - having glaring light.
SHORTZ: What follows Sunday?
SHORTZ: That's right. What's raised in a mound?
SHORTZ: That's right. More than twice.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Hey, you're really good.
SHORTZ: On a roll. Place where you might find a vassal.
MEYER: In a castle.
SHORTZ: That's right. Tool on a mechanic's bench.
SHORTZ: That's it. What you can use to fill in a stencil.
MEYER: A pencil.
SHORTZ: Bank feller.
MEYER: Sorry, bank what?
SHORTZ: Feller, F-E-L-L-E-R, bank feller.
MEYER: Oh, teller.
SHORTZ: Of course, it could be female, too. But I couldn't make that rhyme. How about traveling theater group?
SHORTZ: Important measure for freight.
MEYER: Is it just weight?
SHORTZ: Yes, that's all. Like the hair of a horse.
SHORTZ: Oops. That's O-O-P-S. What's something else you might say instead of oops?
MEYER: Oh, whoops.
SHORTZ: Woops is right. Cover as in a cloud.
SHORTZ: That's it. And here's your last one. Where many French films first ran.
SHORTZ: That is it. Shari, wow, 100 percent.
MEYER: Thank you so much.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: One hundred percent. Congratulations, that was really great.
MEYER: Thank you very much.
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. Shari, what member station do you listen to?
SHORTZ: All right, Shari Meyer of Somerville, Mass., thank you for playing The Puzzle.
MEYER: Thank you so much for having me.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK, Will, what's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. This week's challenge comes from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass. Think of two synonyms - one in five letters, the other in four. The five-letter word starts with S, as in Sam. And the four-letter word contains an S. Change one of the S's to an A. And you can rearrange the result to name a group of people in nine letters that ideally have those two adjectives describe them. What group is it?
So again, two synonyms - one in five letters, the other in four. Five-letter word starts with S. Four-letter word contains an S. Change one of the S's to an A, and you can rearrange the result to name a group of people that ideally have those two adjectives describe them. What group 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, August 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Include a phone 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 puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.
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