Sunday Puzzle: Can You Convert These EUROS? NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WCBE listener J.B. Lawton of Dublin, Ohio.
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Sunday Puzzle: Can You Convert These EUROS?

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Sunday Puzzle: Can You Convert These EUROS?

Sunday Puzzle: Can You Convert These EUROS?

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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

And it's time for The Puzzle.

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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining us is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION'S puzzlemaster. Good morning, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hey there. Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And you are in Luxembourg.

SHORTZ: That's right. I'm on a road trip from Amsterdam to Prague.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And is it beautiful?

SHORTZ: Man, is it beautiful. It's mountainous. It feels like a - everything looks like a park here.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Aw. Well, we're going to bring you right back to The Puzzle now. Remind us of last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yeah. It came from listener Sam Ezersky (ph) of Jersey City, N.J. I said think of a famous Broadway musical in two words. Change one letter in it to the preceding letter of the alphabet. Remove the space, so you have a solid word. And the result will name something that all of us are in. What is it? Well, the musical is "Mamma Mia," the ABBA musical. You change the last M to an L, and you get Mammalia, which is the class of mammals that we're all part of.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's right. And we had 800 responses. And the winner is J.B. Lawton (ph) of Dublin, Ohio. Congratulations, and welcome to the program.

J.B. LAWTON: Thank you so much.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I heard your wife competes in crossword tournaments.

LAWTON: She does, indeed. She's been competing at Will's national crossword puzzle tournament for about the last 15 years. I tried the first couple of years with her. But I was serious cannon fodder, so...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

LAWTON: I can't do them at a time like that.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Aw, well - and I hear you have an interesting collection.

LAWTON: I do. I enjoy playing board games and collecting board games. And I probably have, oh, about a thousand-some games all total.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wow. What's your favorite?

LAWTON: At the moment, I'm enjoying a game called "Scythe: The Rise Of Fenris," a crazy, kind of steampunk game.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Sounds fun - all right, well, here's another game here I think you're going to enjoy. Are you ready to play The Puzzle?

LAWTON: I've got my Planet Money T-shirt, my KNPR sweatshirt, my travel cloth...

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LAWTON: ...And tote bags and coffee mugs for inspiration.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: All right, J.B. - today, I've brought a game of categories based on the word euros. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters E, U, R, O and S. For example, if the category were three-syllable girl's names, you might say Erica, Ursula, Rosalind, Odelia and Samantha. Any answer that works is OK. And you can give the answers in any order.

LAWTON: OK.

SHORTZ: All right - first one is colors.

LAWTON: Colors - Emerald...

SHORTZ: Emerald, good.

LAWTON: ...Red, orange...

SHORTZ: Yes.

LAWTON: ...U - S is scarlet. And U would be umber.

SHORTZ: Umber - nice job. Category two is countries in Africa and the Mid East.

LAWTON: Africa and the Mid East - Uganda, Rwanda...

SHORTZ: Yeah. Yes.

LAWTON: ...Oman.

SHORTZ: Yes.

LAWTON: ...And...

SHORTZ: Yes.

LAWTON: ...With an E - the Emirates? Does that count?

SHORTZ: Emirates - that's - it's actually United Arab Emirates.

LAWTON: OK - well, Egypt.

SHORTZ: Egypt, yeah - all right, next category is musical instruments.

LAWTON: Euphonium...

SHORTZ: Nice - most people would say English horn, you know? - but euphonium - nice.

LAWTON: Well, I saw the U. So can I misspell euphonium and do it again?

SHORTZ: (Laughter).

LAWTON: Let's see.

SHORTZ: OK. For a U, think Hawaii.

LAWTON: Oh, ukulele.

SHORTZ: That's right.

LAWTON: S - soprano sax.

SHORTZ: OK, saxophone. Saxophone works.

LAWTON: Rhythm guitar.

SHORTZ: I'll give that to you - also the recorder and rebec. And how about an O?

LAWTON: O...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Think of church.

LAWTON: Oh, organ.

SHORTZ: Organ - also, the oboe works. And here's your last category. Chemical elements ending in I-U-M.

LAWTON: I-U-M. Strontium...

SHORTZ: Yes.

LAWTON: ...Uranium...

SHORTZ: Yes.

LAWTON: ...Europium...

SHORTZ: Nice.

LAWTON: ...Osmium...

SHORTZ: Yeah, all you need's an R.

LAWTON: And isn't there one of the new ones roentgenium or something?

SHORTZ: Oh, man. Most people would say radium. But yeah. There is roentgenium, so good job.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. That was really great. How do you feel?

LAWTON: Relieved.

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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, J.B., member station do you listen to?

LAWTON: My wife and I are sustaining members of WCBE and WOSU here in Columbus, Ohio.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wonderful - thank you for playing The Puzzle.

LAWTON: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will - what's next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Dominic Talvacchio (ph) of Chicago. Think of an article of apparel in eight letters. Drop the last two letters. Move what are now the last two letters to the front. And you'll get an article of apparel in six letters. What is it? So again, article of apparel - eight letters - drop the last two. Then move the new last two to the front. And you'll get an article of apparel in six letters. What articles of apparel are these?

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, November 8 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 very own traveling puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks so much.

SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.

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