LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And it's time to play The Puzzle.
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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining us 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. And you are in California. I am so jealous.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah, I'm in LA. And it is awesome.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yes. I said think of a title for a particular person - two words, 15 letters in total - in which the only vowel is I. What is it? Well, the answer is Miss Mississippi. And there's been a famous one, the actress, entertainer Mary Ann Mobley. She was Miss Mississippi in 1958 and became Miss America in 1959 and went on to a great career. And interestingly, British knightship also answers the puzzle, except it has 17 letters rather than 15.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We had 425 responses. And the winner is John Price (ph) of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Congratulations.
JOHN PRICE: Thanks, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You actually won the puzzle back in 2015.
PRICE: Yes, that's right. And I can bet that a lot of people who've been playing since the postcard days are probably really furious at me right now...
PRICE: ...For having won twice, so sorry about that.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am pretty sure that that is true. But that, I guess, is the meaning of random. All right, John. Are you ready to play The Puzzle?
PRICE: I'm ready. Let's do it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Take it away.
SHORTZ: All right, John. Every answer today is a word or a name that starts with the syllable cal, C-A-L. How appropriate. For example, if I said an important nutritional element in milk and cheese, you would say calcium.
PRICE: OK, got it.
SHORTZ: All right. Number one - Hobbes' friend in the comics.
SHORTZ: Right. The largest city in Alberta.
SHORTZ: Right. A measuring device.
SHORTZ: Maybe in a way. I was thinking - literally, it's a - well, it's the symbol for...
PRICE: Oh, calipers.
SHORTZ: Calipers is what I'm going for. Ingredient in a soothing lotion.
SHORTZ: That's right. One of the largest cities in India in its English spelling.
SHORTZ: Right. Wife of Caesar.
PRICE: I'm sorry? Oh, Calpurnia.
SHORTZ: Calpurnia. I'm impressed.
PRICE: (Laughter) Thanks.
SHORTZ: Classical name for Scotland.
SHORTZ: Nice. A Caribbean stew.
PRICE: Oh, callaloo.
SHORTZ: Callaloo. Yeah.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wow. You're on fire.
SHORTZ: (Laughter) Kind of cat.
PRICE: I have one.
SHORTZ: Nice. Thickened bit of skin on the hand of a manual worker.
SHORTZ: Right. Rudely uncaring.
SHORTZ: Callous in the different spelling, right?
SHORTZ: A Muslim ruler.
PRICE: A caliph.
SHORTZ: Right. In the Bible, where Jesus was crucified.
SHORTZ: Calvary's right. And your last one is gym exercises.
SHORTZ: John, that was impressive.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That was impressive. What do you do, John?
PRICE: Thank you so much. I'm actually an analyst in human resources at a consulting firm.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK. I would not have said that because I feel like you're, like, a professor.
SHORTZ: An encyclopedia (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah, like an encyclopedia or a professor.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did so well.
PRICE: I probably learned most from The New York Times crosswords.
PRICE: Thank you, Will.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: For playing our puzzle today, you'll get another WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, John, what member station do you listen to?
PRICE: WNYC in New York.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: There you go. Thanks for playing The Puzzle.
PRICE: Thank you both.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. Take the seven-letter last name of a famous woman. Drop the letter E. Add an I and an F - that's F as in Frank - and you can rearrange the result to get a word that famously describes this woman. Who's the woman? And what's the word? So again, famous - the last name of a famous woman, seven letters. Drop the E. Add an I and an F. And you can rearrange the result to get a word that famously describes this woman. Who is she?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: When you have the answer, go to our website npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember, just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, October 18, 2018 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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