LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And it's time to play 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: 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.
SHORTZ: Rocking chair, chairlift is right. Number two is blank, mark.
TAMER: Blank, mark.
SHORTZ: Blank, blank and then the blank mark.
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: 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.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: John Roberts.
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.
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.
SHORTZ: That's it, good.
SHORTZ: Wild, pick - P-I-C-K.
SHORTZ: Six letters.
TAMER: Cherry-pick and wild...
SHORTZ: That's it.
SHORTZ: Wild cherry is it, good - that fruit. How about echo, music?
SHORTZ: Uh-huh - spring, feed.
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 npr.org/puzzle. 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 npr.org/puzzle. 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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