Sunday Puzzle: Ch-ch-choose Your Words NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with KQED listener Nabil Tamer of Cupertino, Calif.
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And it's time to play The Puzzle.


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: Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. So what was last week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Well, maybe it wasn't as easy as I said it was last week. I said take the letters S, Y, T, O, Y. Add the same letter of the alphabet six times to complete a familiar phrase. What is it? And you add E six times, you get see eye to eye.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received more than 1,100 responses. And our winner this week is Nabil Tamer of Cupertino, Calif. Congratulations.

NABIL TAMER: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So how did you solve it?

TAMER: For me, this one was easier than the previous two weeks. I figured the missing letter had to be a vowel. And once I got to E, I saw the word see right away. And luckily, see eye to eye - the phrase - just occurred to me a few seconds later.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. And I hear you're a hiker. There's a lot of great regional and national parks in California. Do you have a favorite?

TAMER: There's one not too far from where we live here in Cupertino called Picchetti. They've got a winery. When there's been rain, like there has been this winter, a pond forms. And we can see newts doing their thing in the spring. So it's kind of fun.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, how cool. And how long have you been playing The Puzzle?

TAMER: For at least 20 years because I was on the show 20 years ago in 1999.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wow. That's amazing. Oh, cool. All right. Well, are you ready to play?

TAMER: I think so.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK. Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: All right. Nabil, I'm going to give you two words. Think of a word starting with C-H. They can follow my first word and precede my second one in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, if I said dirt and skate, you would say cheap because that completes dirt cheap and cheapskate.

TAMER: OK - I think so.

SHORTZ: Number one is rocking, lift.

TAMER: Chair.

SHORTZ: Rocking chair, chairlift is right. Number two is blank, mark.

TAMER: Blank, mark.

SHORTZ: Blank, blank and then the blank mark.

TAMER: Check.

SHORTZ: That's it, good - flow, F-L-O-W, and topper.

TAMER: Flowchart and chart topper.

SHORTZ: That's it - wind, pill.

TAMER: Chill wind and wind chill.

SHORTZ: Wind chill and chill pill is right.

TAMER: Oh, chill...

SHORTZ: Lucky...

TAMER: ...Pill.

SHORTZ: You got it - lucky, bracelet.

TAMER: That's got to be charm.

SHORTZ: That's it - fire, F-I-R-E, and justice.

TAMER: Fire - it's not coming to me.

SHORTZ: And what's blank justice starting C-H?

TAMER: Thinking blind justice, but that doesn't start with C-H.


SHORTZ: There's your clue.

TAMER: I don't know it, sorry (laughter).

SHORTZ: John Roberts of the Supreme Court?

TAMER: Oh, oh, chief justice. Oh, my God (laughter).

SHORTZ: Chief justice and fire chief is it, good - treasure, protector.

TAMER: Chest.

SHORTZ: That's it - cover, card.

TAMER: Something cover and cover...

SHORTZ: It's cover blank.

TAMER: Oh, a cover charge and charge card.

SHORTZ: That's it. That's it - say, S-A-Y, and board, B-O-A-R-D.

TAMER: Cheese.

SHORTZ: That's it, good.


SHORTZ: Wild, pick - P-I-C-K.

TAMER: Wild.

SHORTZ: Six letters.

TAMER: Cherry-pick and wild...

SHORTZ: That's it.

TAMER: ...Cherry.

SHORTZ: Wild cherry is it, good - that fruit. How about echo, music?

TAMER: Chamber.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh - spring, feed.

TAMER: Chicken.

SHORTZ: That's it - clam, head.

TAMER: Clam - chowder.

SHORTZ: That's it - spell, board, B-O-A-R-D.

TAMER: Spell-checker and checkerboard.

SHORTZ: That's it, good. And your last one is milk, chip.

TAMER: Chocolate milk, chocolate chip. Wait, that's the same.

SHORTZ: Milk chocolate and chocolate chip.

TAMER: Milk chocolate (laughter).

SHORTZ: You got it. You got it.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did great.

TAMER: It works either way.

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

TAMER: I'm glad it's over (laughter).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Relieved - all right. Well, for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, again, as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at And which member station do you listen to?

TAMER: I listen to and I'm a member of KQED in San Francisco.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Nabil Tamer of Cupertino, Calif., thank you for playing The Puzzle.

TAMER: Thank you so much.

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

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass. Think of a well-known brand name in eight letters starting with H. Change the H to an M, as in Mary, and drop the last letter. You'll get another well-known brand name in seven letters. What commercial names are these? So again, well-known brand name, eight letters starting with H, change the H to an M, drop the last letter. And you'll get another well-known brand name in seven letters. What commercial names are these?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: When you have the answer, go to our website And click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember. Just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, March 28 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: Thanks, Lulu.


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