LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And it's time to play 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. Good morning, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You're talking to us from our member station WFIU in Indiana this week. What are you doing there?
SHORTZ: I am getting an honorary degree from Indiana University.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Congratulations. That's great.
SHORTZ: Thank you. Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: What are you going to talk about in your speech?
SHORTZ: The wonderful thing is I don't have to say a word. I just walk on stage, get my honorary doctorate and walk off.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Lucky you.
SHORTZ: I know.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Well, Will, remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Ray Hamel of Madison, Wis. And Ray writes the weekly news quiz for Slate magazine. I said name a famous player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Take a letter out of the last name and move it into the first name. And the result will name something you might see at a concert. What is it? Well, the player is Rod Carew. Move the A from his last name into the first name, and you get a road crew.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We got over 600 correct responses. And our randomly selected winner is James Duffey of Cedar Crest, N.M. Congratulations.
JAMES DUFFEY: Well, thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You have been playing The Puzzle since, apparently, it started. And this is your first time winning. How do you feel?
DUFFEY: I feel nervous and a little excited. I feel excited and a little nervous.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That seems sensible. Do you have a question for Will?
DUFFEY: Yeah. I wonder how you got started doing The Puzzle for the WEEKEND EDITION. Because when it first started, it didn't seem like it would attract that many people, but it has.
SHORTZ: Yeah. Well, it was Susan Stamberg's idea. She was the first host. She wanted this program to be the radio equivalent of a Sunday newspaper. And we all know what one of the most popular parts of the Sunday paper is, the crossword. But you can't do a crossword on the radio. So one thing led to another, and this is what we do now.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. And it used to have to be Susan that would play with Will. And thank the Lord it isn't me. It's you, James. You are in the hot seat. So, Will, take it away.
SHORTZ: All right. The theme of this week's puzzle is Indiana. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in I-N and the second word starts D, as in Indiana. For example, if I said an appliance at a laundromat, you would say coin dryer.
SHORTZ: All right. Number one is beauty is only this.
DUFFEY: Skin deep.
SHORTZ: Beauty's only skin deep - correct - number two, what some Native Americans might perform during a drought.
DUFFEY: Rain dance.
SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Soft drink that competes with 7Up and Sprite.
DUFFEY: Soft drinks - boy - Mountain Dew.
SHORTZ: Mountain Dew is it - central street in a town informally.
DUFFEY: Main Drag.
SHORTZ: That's it - first and middle names of President Roosevelt.
DUFFEY: Franklin Delano.
SHORTZ: That's it - where Amtrak stops.
DUFFEY: Train depot.
SHORTZ: That's it - spokesperson for a political side who tries to cast everything in a favorable light.
DUFFEY: Spin doctor.
SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Daily newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.
DUFFEY: Plains Dealer?
SHORTZ: Plain Dealer - good.
DUFFEY: Plain Dealer - yeah.
SHORTZ: That's it - loss of intelligent, educated workers to another country.
DUFFEY: Brain drain.
SHORTZ: That's it. Try this one - Dickens novel - "The Mystery Of Blank." It's the name of the character, first and last name. It's Dickens' last novel, which he never finished, actually - "The Mystery Of Blank." Yeah. That's whether you know it or you don't. I'm just going to tell you then. It's "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood."
DUFFEY: Oh, boy. My daughter's an English professor. So she's going to be upset I missed that.
SHORTZ: She would have gotten that one. Try this - list of words and definitions in Caesar's tongue.
DUFFEY: Latin dictionary.
SHORTZ: That's it. Restaurant chain that offers baked goods and coffee.
DUFFEY: Oh, boy.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And the baked goods are round.
DUFFEY: Donuts - oh, Dunkin' Donuts.
SHORTZ: Dunkin' Donuts is it. Here's your last one. Classic Duke Ellington song that begins, cigarette holder which wigs me. Over her shoulder, she digs me.
DUFFEY: No. And I'm the jazz aficionado, so that's going to hurt.
SHORTZ: I bet you know this then. It's "Satin Doll."
DUFFEY: Oh, jeez. Yes.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good job - you did really well. How do you feel?
DUFFEY: I feel good. I was a little nervous I was going to draw blanks on all these. But I only did that on a couple. So...
DUFFEY: This is a - this is great.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. You did a great job. And 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, James, what member station do you listen to?
DUFFEY: KUNM in Albuquerque.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: James Duffey of Cedar Crest, N.M., thank you for playing The Puzzle.
DUFFEY: Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And, Will, what's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. Name a certain kind of criminal. Drop the first two letters and the last letter of the word, and you'll name a country. What is it? So again, a certain kind of criminal - drop the first two letters and the last one letter of the word, and you'll name a country. What country 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 this Thursday, May 10 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. Thank you, Will. And congratulations.
SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.
[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: In the weekly challenge, we ask for the name of a type of criminal. The answer, pyromaniac, is derived from pyromania, which is more accurately described as a disorder, not a crime.]
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