Sunday Puzzle: Part Human NPR's Korva Coleman and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Doug Modica of Watertown, S.D.
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Sunday Puzzle: Part Human

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KORVA COLEMAN, HOST:

OK. No jokes. No japes. It's time for The Puzzle.

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COLEMAN: Joining me is Will Shortz. He's the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster. And Will, remember the last time we played The Puzzle together?

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: I remember that well.

COLEMAN: It was April Fool's Day, and it was infamous (laughter).

SHORTZ: And I thought that was such a transparent April Fool's joke that we said this would be the last Puzzle, and we fooled a lot of people.

COLEMAN: We did. We had dozens of emails from people who thought, are you serious? How could you possibly take The Puzzle away? What are you doing? I just should let you know it was a complete April Fool's joke. There is no intention of The Puzzle going anywhere. But, oh, man, did I take incoming fire on social media for that.

SHORTZ: (Laughter).

COLEMAN: Let's just play it straight this time, Will. Go ahead and remind us of last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from Sandy Weisz of Chicago. I said, name a famous person from Chicago, first and last names. I said the last name ends in an E. Change the E to an I and rearrange the letters in just the last name to get a famous actor whose first name is the same as the first person's. Who are these people? And the answer is Al Capone and Al Pacino.

COLEMAN: Well, we had more than 2,000 responses. And this week's winner is Doug Modica from Watertown, S.D. Congratulations, Doug. And welcome to the program.

DOUG MODICA: Thank you.

COLEMAN: Are you ready to play The Puzzle?

MODICA: Yes. I'm ready for my five minutes of infamy.

(LAUGHTER)

COLEMAN: All right. Will, take it away.

SHORTZ: All right. Doug and Korva, every answer today is part of the human body. I'm going to give you some words. Drop the first letter and rearrange those that remain to name the body part. For example, if I said mare, M-A-R-E, you would say ear. All right? No. 1 is cram, C-R-A-M.

MODICA: That would be arm.

SHORTZ: That's right. No. 2 is ogle, O-G-L-E.

MODICA: Leg.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Poet, P-O-E-T.

MODICA: Toe.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Pinch, P-I-N-C-H.

MODICA: Chin.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Clamp, C-L-A-M-P.

MODICA: A-M-P. Clamp. C-L-A-M-P. Palm.

SHORTZ: Palm is right. Zones, Z-O-N-E-S.

MODICA: Nose.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Shade, S-H-A-D-E.

MODICA: Shade. Head.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Knish. K-N-I-S-H.

MODICA: K-N - shin.

SHORTZ: That's it.

COLEMAN: Wow.

SHORTZ: Pitsaw. P-I-T-S-A-W.

MODICA: P-I-T-S-A-W. Pitsaw. Waist.

SHORTZ: That's it. Bather. B-A-T-H-E-R.

MODICA: Bather - that's a good one. Oh, heart.

SHORTZ: That's it. Drivel. D-R-I-V-E-L.

MODICA: Oh, liver.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Etches, E-T-C-H-E-S.

MODICA: Chest.

SHORTZ: Right. Outgone, O-U-T-G-O-N-E.

MODICA: Tongue.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Here's your last one. Rescript. R-E-S-C-R-I-P-T.

MODICA: OK. Script. OK. Picture...

SHORTZ: This is a tough one, so I'm going to give you a hint. It starts with a T.

MODICA: T. Ter (ph)...

SHORTZ: And here's your next hint. It's a muscle.

MODICA: Oh, tricep.

SHORTZ: Triceps is correct.

MODICA: I'm glad there were no sports questions.

(LAUGHTER)

COLEMAN: Oh. Doug, you're amazing.

MODICA: Thank you.

COLEMAN: You are. This is great. Well, for playing our Puzzle today, you're going to get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games. And you can all read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. Doug, what member station do you listen to?

MODICA: KJSD in Watertown.

COLEMAN: And that's South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Doug Modica from Watertown, S.D., thank you for playing The Puzzle.

MODICA: Thank you. Glad it's over.

(LAUGHTER)

COLEMAN: OK. Will, tell us next week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yes. Name two parts of the human body. Say them out loud one after the other, and the result phonetically will name something delicious to eat in seven letters. What is it? So again - two parts of the human body - say them out loud one after the other, and the result phonetically will name something delicious to eat in seven letters. What is it?

COLEMAN: When you have the answer, go to our website - npr.org/puzzle - and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember - just one entry, please. Our deadline for entries is this Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. If you're the winner, we will 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 so much, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks a lot, Korva.

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