LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And it is 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. Hi, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hey, Lulu. Welcome back.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is great to be back. Remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yes, it came from listener Ari Carr of Madison, Wisconsin. I said name a form of musical composition. If you say the word quickly, you'll name something, in two words, that you might buy in a music store. What is it? And the musical composition is a rhapsody. Say it quickly. You get a rap CD.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received nearly 178 correct responses. And the winner is Andrew Arriaga of Portland, Oregon. Congratulations, and welcome to the program.
ANDREW ARRIAGA: Thank you so much. I'm excited to be here.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: How did you figure it out?
ARRIAGA: Well, I thought about musical forms that I knew. I work as a music teacher here in Portland, Ore. I named as many as I could for my girlfriend, and I still didn't come up with the right answers. But the moment she said rap CD, I knew it was the correct answer, because sometime in the '90s, I had heard someone tell a joke similar to this puzzle, which was that they thought "Bohemian Rhapsody" was actually Bohemian rap CD.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: There you go. And here you are. What kind of music do you play?
ARRIAGA: I play classical music. So I've played some rhapsodies before, but I'm currently working as a Suzuki guitar instructor here in Portland, Ore. - teaching children as young as age 4.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, how amazing. All right. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Andy. Every answer today is a word, name or phrase in which the only consonants are N and S, repeated as often as necessary. All the other letters are vowels. For example, if I said squeak and creak, you would say noises.
SHORTZ: We will start with six-letter answers, and your first one is a Japanese auto manufacturer.
SHORTZ: Is right. People who live in China and India.
ARRIAGA: Six letters.
SHORTZ: Which continent are they from?
ARRIAGA: Well, they're from - they're from Asia, so they're Asians.
SHORTZ: They're Asians is right. Here's your next one. Capital of the Bahamas.
ARRIAGA: Is Nassau.
SHORTZ: That's it. Now, seven-letter answers. Jacqueline Kennedy's surname after she remarried.
ARRIAGA: Oh, after she remarried. Onassis.
SHORTZ: Onassis is it. Hair stylist, Vidal.
ARRIAGA: Oh - oh my gosh, I know this. I haven't thought about this in years.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Big in the 80's.
ARRIAGA: Yeah, it's like - Vidal Sassion (ph), or Sison (ph)...
SHORTZ: ...I'll give that to you. It's Sassoon. S-A-S-S-O-O-N...
ARRIAGA: ...Sassoon, that's it. OK.
SHORTZ: Sassoon - there you go. Seven-letter word that means silly.
SHORTZ: Starts with an A.
ARRIAGA: Oh - seven-letter word - silly.
ARRIAGA: It's like asinine?
SHORTZ: Asinine. Yeah. Asinine is silly something. Now more than eight letters.
SHORTZ: Straightforward or without joking around.
ARRIAGA: No nonsense? Am I too wrong?
SHORTZ: No nonsense is it. And here's - and here's your last one. Physical gratification as opposed to an appeal to the intellect. Solid word, 12 letters.
ARRIAGA: Only N and S - physical gratification, 12 letters long.
SHORTZ: Yeah. And you say something that's very pleasurable to your senses.
ARRIAGA: See, I was putting - I was putting sense down right away.
SHORTZ: Yeah, yeah. It starts with...
ARRIAGA: ...It's sense - it's sensation? Is that -
SHORTZ: Oh, no, but it does start S-E-N-S.
ARRIAGA: Twelve - no. Sensory - sense...
SHORTZ: Oh, so close. What if I told you the - it ends with ness - N-E-S-S.
ARRIAGA: Oh, I'm getting - I'm getting senselessness, but that's not -
SHORTZ: That's got the L in it.
ARRIAGA: Then you - the listeners at home, I'll have it now (laughter). I can't think of it quickly. I'm lost.
SHORTZ: All right, I'm going to tell you the answer. It's sensuousness.
ARRIAGA: Oh, I feel - I feel like I was saying it, but in my mind somehow, it has an L in it - in this word.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Well, you did really, really well. And 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, Andrew, which member station do you listen to?
ARRIAGA: I listen to KOPB in Portland, Oregon.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Andrew Arriaga of Portland, Ore., thank you so much for playing the puzzle.
ARRIAGA: Thank you so much, Lulu. Thank you, Will.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Will, what is next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Derrick Niederman of Charleston, S.C. Name a famous person - eight letters in the first name, four letters in the last. The last name is a regular, uncapitalized word with a single vowel. Change that vowel to a new vowel to make a new word that is humorously defined by the person's first name. Who is it? So again, a famous person - eight, four. Last name is a regular, uncapitalized word with a single vowel. Change that vowel to make a new word that is humorously defined by the person's first name. Who is it?
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, September 9 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Don't forget to 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 puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.
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