AYESHA RASCOE, HOST:
And it's time to play The Puzzle.
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RASCOE: I'm really excited, as you can tell. Joining us is Will Shortz. He's the puzzle editor of The New York Times and puzzlemaster of WEEKEND EDITION. Good to talk to you, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Ayesha.
RASCOE: Will, so remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yes, it came from listener David Yanover of South Pasadena, Calif. I said, take the name of a certain vegetable. Move the seventh, fifth and six letters - in that order - to the front of a word. And phonetically, you'll name another vegetable. What vegetables are these? And the answer was kohlrabi. Move those letters. You get, phonetically, broccoli.
RASCOE: That's a tough one. (Laughter) That would have been a stickler. So we received more than 1,400 correct responses. And the winner is Adriana Duffy-Horling calling from Cupertino, Calif. Congratulations, Adrianna, and welcome to the show.
ADRIANA DUFFY-HORLING: Thank you. Hello.
RASCOE: So how did you figure it out?
DUFFY-HORLING: Well, I started by just the brute force trial-and-error method of thinking of a lot of vegetables and rearranging the letters, which didn't work out. So eventually I switched to focusing on the last few letters of what would be the second vegetable.
RASCOE: And what do you do when you're not playing The Puzzle? I understand that you are passing on knowledge to others?
DUFFY-HORLING: I am. I am a law professor.
RASCOE: Adriana, are you ready to play the puzzle?
DUFFY-HORLING: I can't very well back out now.
RASCOE: (Laughter) No, we've got you. You're locked in. OK. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Adriana, every answer today is the name of a well-known movie. I'll give you rhymes for the respective words in the movies' titles. You name the movies. For example, if I said palace wires shrub, you would say "Dallas Buyers Club."
SHORTZ: Number one is cleverly fills shop.
DUFFY-HORLING: Oh, "Beverly Hills Cop."
SHORTZ: "Beverly Hills Cop" is it. Diving this crazy.
DUFFY-HORLING: "Driving Miss Daisy."
SHORTZ: That's fast. You didn't even need to write that down. Best wide quarry.
SHORTZ: Q-U-A-R-R-Y. It's a classic movie, and there's a new version out right now.
DUFFY-HORLING: Best wide quarry. Rest something? Rest...
SHORTZ: It's not rest, Go later in the alphabet for that first letter.
DUFFY-HORLING: "West Side Story."
SHORTZ: "West Side Story." You got it.
SHORTZ: How about this? Terrace jewelers may cough.
DUFFY-HORLING: Terrace jewelers may cough. May - terrace...
SHORTZ: Terrace jewelers may cough. Here's my secret to solving these. Get rid of the initial sounds. Just think of errace ewelers ay ough (ph). Does that help?
DUFFY-HORLING: Errace ewelers - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." I love that movie.
SHORTZ: You got it. See? My little trick worked.
DUFFY-HORLING: It did.
SHORTZ: Thank you. And here's your last one. Might Glenn plant stump.
DUFFY-HORLING: Might Glenn plant stump.
SHORTZ: Plant stump, yeah.
DUFFY-HORLING: Ight lenn ant ump (ph)?
SHORTZ: Yeah, ight enn ant ump (ph). Does that...
DUFFY-HORLING: Ight enn ant - ight enn ant ump - it's not "Forrest Gump." No?
DUFFY-HORLING: Not enough words there. Ight enn ant ump?
SHORTZ: Yeah. All right, I'll give you a hint. The first word is white. Does that help?
DUFFY-HORLING: Oh, "White Men Can't Jump."
SHORTZ: "White Men Can't Jump."
DUFFY-HORLING: Thanks for the hint.
SHORTZ: Good job.
RASCOE: (Laughter). So how do you feel?
DUFFY-HORLING: Relieved, like everybody else who plays The Puzzle.
RASCOE: (Laughter). 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, Adriana, which member station do you listen to?
DUFFY-HORLING: I am a proud sustaining member of the best public radio station in the country, KQED.
RASCOE: OK. Well, I'm sure they will be glad to hear that (laughter). Adriana Duffy-Horling calling from Cupertino, Calif., thank you for playing The Puzzle.
DUFFY-HORLING: Thank you so much.
RASCOE: All right, Will, what's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from Joseph Young, who conducts the blog Puzzleria! Let A equal one, B equal 2, C equal 3, et cetera. Think of a five-letter word whose letter values add up to 51. Now take this word's last two letters. Add their values - for example, A and C would total 4. Change these two letters to the single letter of the alphabet that represents their total - in this case, D - and the result will be a new word that is the opposite of the original. What words are these?
RASCOE: OK, so that's some math in there, too, it feels like (laughter).
SHORTZ: There's a little arithmetic, yeah.
RASCOE: Oh, my - OK, well, look. So for all you smart people out there, when you have the answer, go to our website, npr.org/puzzle, and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember, just one entry, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, January 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Don't forget to include a phone number where we can reach you. If you're the winner, we'll give you a call. And if you pick up the phone, you'll get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and puzzlemaster of WEEKEND EDITION, Will Shortz. Thanks, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Ayesha.
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