Sunday Puzzle: Two Consonants Listener Andrew Arriaga of Portland, Oregon plays the puzzle with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

Sunday Puzzle: Two Consonants

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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.

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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.

ARRIAGA: OK.

SHORTZ: We will start with six-letter answers, and your first one is a Japanese auto manufacturer.

ARRIAGA: Nissan.

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: Right?

ARRIAGA: Vidal...

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.

ARRIAGA: Silly...

SHORTZ: Starts with an A.

ARRIAGA: Oh - seven-letter word - silly.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Donkey.

ARRIAGA: It's like asinine?

SHORTZ: Asinine. Yeah. Asinine is silly something. Now more than eight letters.

ARRIAGA: OK.

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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