The Answers Run The Gamut You are given categories and must name items within those categories that begin with the letters G, A, M, U and T. For example, given the category "girls' names," possible answers would be Gloria, Amelia, Martha, Ursula and Theresa.
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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.

And joining us now is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hi there, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Jacki. Welcome back to the show.

LYDEN: Oh, it's great to be back. And you're not in New York as you usually are.

SHORTZ: Yeah, I'm in Seattle this weekend. It's for the 171st National Puzzlers League Convention. And there's about 160 puzzlers from all over the U.S. and Canada here for a whole weekend of word puzzles and games. Always a great time. And this is actually the 35th consecutive year that I have directed the program for the convention.

LYDEN: You know, that's just incredible. And congratulations on that.

SHORTZ: Thanks a lot.

LYDEN: I hope they give you a little special ceremony. So, remind us of the challenge you gave last week, would you please, Will?

SHORTZ: Yes. I said name a famous English composer who had two vowels in his last name. Interchange the vowels and you'll get the last name of a famous American writer. Who are these two people?

LYDEN: And who are they?

SHORTZ: They are Elgar and Alger, as in Horatio Alger.

LYDEN: Very good - Edward Elgar and Horatio Alger. Well, Will, we received more than 1,700 correct entries this week, and out of those our randomly chosen winner is Joe Wander from Panama City, Florida. Hi there, Joe.

Mr. JOE WANDER: Hi there.

LYDEN: Kind of a great name you've got there.

Mr. WANDER: Well, I've got by pretty well with it.

LYDEN: What do you do in Panama City?

Mr. WANDER: I'm a research chemist, working for the Air Force.

LYDEN: All right. Very good. And how long you've been playing the puzzle, Joe?

Mr. WANDER: Oh, I got back to postcard days.

LYDEN: All right. I think that takes us back close to 25 years.

SHORTZ: Almost.

Mr. WANDER: (Unintelligible) that but it's right in there.

LYDEN: Okay. That takes us back a long way, I know. So, are you ready to play the puzzle today, Joe?

Mr. WANDER: Sure. Let's give it a shot.

LYDEN: Very good. All right. Will, meet Joe. And let's play.

SHORTZ: All right, Joe and Jacki. Today, I brought a game of categories. You probably know who his works. I'm going to give you some categories. For each one, name something in the category beginning with the letters of gamut G-A-M-U-T. For example, if the category were girl's names, you might say Gloria, Amelia, Martha, Ursula and Teresa. And you can do the - any answer that works is correct and you can give me the answers in any order you want.

LYDEN: Okay. G-A-M-U-T.

SHORTZ: That's it. And your first category is presidential first names. First names of U.S. presidents.

LYDEN: All right.

Mr. WANDER: George.


Mr. WANDER: Martin.


Mr. WANDER: Let's see, Thomas.

SHORTZ: That's correct. You need A and U.

Mr. WANDER: Andrew.

SHORTZ: Andrew Jackson is good and U.

Mr. WANDER: And Ulysses.

SHORTZ: And Ulysses Grant, excellent. Second category is countries in Africa.

Mr. WANDER: Gabon.


Mr. WANDER: Mali.


Mr. WANDER: Is Tsonga in Africa?

SHORTZ: Uh, no. Tsonga is in the South Pacific.

LYDEN: But you were close on the pronunciation. Take out the S.

SHORTZ: Yeah, you were...

Mr. WANDER: Tanga...

SHORTZ: Take out that S and change the last vowel, you'll have something.

Mr. WANDER: Tanga and Uka(ph).

SHORTZ: Well, Tanzania I'll give you. Also Togo and Tunisia.

Mr. WANDER: Okay. I'll settle for that.

SHORTZ: All right. You need...

Mr. WANDER: Uganda.

SHORTZ: Uganda is good. And all you need is an A. There are two of them.

Mr. WANDER: Algeria?

SHORTZ: Algeria and Angola, excellent.

LYDEN: Very good.

SHORTZ: Your next category is blood relatives - relatives related by blood.

Mr. WANDER: Boy. Aunt, uncle, mother...

SHORTZ: Yes. How about a T?

Mr. WANDER: Grandfather.

SHORTZ: Grandfather. And the T is a tough one.

Mr. WANDER: Yeah, I appreciate that. Let's see.

SHORTZ: Do I need...

Mr. WANDER: Twin?

SHORTZ: Say it again?

Mr. WANDER: Twin.

SHORTZ: Twin, I'll give you too.

LYDEN: Oh wow, excellent.

SHORTZ: My official answer was third cousin.

LYDEN: Third cousin. Okay. Well, that was better than I was thinking. Toe is not a relative.


LYDEN: Okay.

SHORTZ: All right. Try this: musical instruments.

Mr. WANDER: Guitar.


Mr. WANDER: Mandolin.


Mr. WANDER: Ukulele.

SHORTZ: Yes. A and T.

Mr. WANDER: Let's see. Tiple.

SHORTZ: What's that one?

LYDEN: Tuba.

Mr. WANDER: Tiple.

SHORTZ: Tuba, yes, yes, good. And an A.

LYDEN: Oh, tabla. You're thinking of the drum.

Mr. WANDER: T-I-P-L-E. It's an eight-string Mexican instrument.

SHORTZ: Wow, okay. Most people would say trumpet or trombone but I'll give you that one. And how A?

Mr. WANDER: A, accordion.

SHORTZ: Accordion, good. All right. Well, here's your last category: thinks to pack in a suitcase.

LYDEN: I should be good at that.

Mr. WANDER: And get caught with?

LYDEN: And get caught with.

Mr. WANDER: And don't get caught with. Underwear, T-shirt.


Mr. WANDER: Mirror.

SHORTZ: Mirror, wow? Okay.

Mr. WANDER: Mirror.

SHORTZ: Mouthwash, medicine and money is all good.

LYDEN: Makeup.

SHORTZ: How about G and A.

Mr. WANDER: Actually, mouthwash isn't easy anymore. You're held down to four ounces.

SHORTZ: Yeah, you have to do just a tiny bit.

Mr. WANDER: G and A. A could be an ascot.

SHORTZ: An ascot - or aspirin, an alarm clock. And how about a G?

Mr. WANDER: G, gloves.

MR. SHORTZ: Gloves. Oh, youre good, also glasses and gym clothes. Joe, you did a great job.

MR. SHORTZ: Well, I'm happy to get out alive, can show my face at work on Monday - Tuesday.

(Soundbite of laughter)

LYDEN: You know, that was one of those puzzles entries youve had, Will, you could either, you know, sort of play it straight or be way too revelatory on the radio.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MR. SHORTZ: Right. That's why I love the suitcase category. Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

LYDEN: And I was thinking the things and saying no, I'm not going to say that. I'm not going to say that.

(Soundbite of laughter)

LYDEN: So, Joe, you know, you won a lot of prizes. And to tell you about the goodies youll receive for playing the puzzle today, and thanks for doing it, we have someone who is himself a curator of goodies and treats and I'm speaking to him elsewhere in today's show. He's the lawyer turned pastry chef, and former Food Network star, Warren Brown. Here he is.

Mr. WARREN BROWN (Chef; Owner, Cake Love, former attorney): For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the "Scrabble Deluxe Edition" from Parker Brothers, the book series, "Will Shortz Present KenKen," Volumes 1, 2 and 3 from St. Martin's Press, one of Will Shortz's "Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books, and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday Puzzles.

LYDEN: So there you are, Joe, from Warren Brown and us. And before we let you go, please tell us what member station you listen to.

Mr. BROWN: Well, I have two. The local station is WKGC and WFSW is the satellite from Tallahassee, and I'm a member of both of them.

LYDEN: Well, we're happy you are. Joe Wander of Panama City, Florida, thanks so much for playing the puzzle today.

Mr. BROWN: Oh, thanks so much for letting me. Will, whats the challenge for next week?

MR. SHORTZ: Yes. This week's challenge comes from Eric Berlin and he's a puzzler here at the National Puzzlers' League convention this weekend. He just gave this to me. And it's, take a term in eight letters that's often used to mean a good child. Remove the first two and last two letters, and reverse what remains. You'll have a four-letter word meaning a bad child.

So again, a term in eight letters that's often used to mean a good child. Drop the first two and the last two letters, reverse what remains. You'll have a four-letter word meaning a bad child. What terms are these?

LYDEN: Okay. Well, I won't give out any hints right now. When you have the answer, go to our website, and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Only one entry per person, please. The deadline is Thursday at 3 P.M., East Coast time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time then we'll call if youre the winner. 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.

So, Will, Liane Hansen is back next week. You'll have your usual puzzle partner to play with. But I'll be waiting in the wings for our next time up, and thank you such.

MR. SHORTZ: Sounds good. Thanks a lot, Jacki.

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