LIANE HANSEN, Host:
And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.
WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane.
HANSEN: Anything new? How are you?
SHORTZ: I'm doing great. Crazy thing - in two weeks, I'm going to speaking at the Bohemian Grove. Do you know that, California?
HANSEN: I sure do. It's a very exclusive place. And that's pretty interesting that you've gotten in. Are you going to give all these - it's only men, right? I think it's only men and...
SHORTZ: It's only men and you're not supposed to talk about it. My lips are sealed.
HANSEN: So, I can't ask you about it when you come back, huh?
SHORTZ: You can ask but...
HANSEN: You can't tell.
SHORTZ: ...I won't be able to say anything.
HANSEN: Fair enough. Remind everybody of the challenge you gave last week.
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Ben Bass of Chicago. And he writes the blog Ben Bass and Beyond. And I said take the phrase deep cleanse, rearrange the 11 letters of it to name a well-known American landmark.
HANSEN: What is it?
SHORTZ: Answer is Space Needle in Seattle.
HANSEN: You betcha. Well, we received more than 2,000 entries this week, and out of those our randomly chosen winner is Gentri Green from Logan, Utah. Gentry, how are you?
M: I'm great.
HANSEN: What a great name, G-E-N-T-R-I. Is that a family name?
M: It is. It's actually an old last name in my family, except spelled with a Y.
HANSEN: Oh, okay. All right. And how did you figure out, how long did it take you to figure out this challenge?
M: Well, my husband was working on it in church and I looked over and I just knew the answer immediately.
HANSEN: Your husband was working on it in church?
M: Yes, he was.
HANSEN: He wasn't getting any sideways glances from the parishioners or the minister?
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HANSEN: All right. You ready to play, Gentri?
M: I hope so.
HANSEN: All right. Well, meet Will. Will, meet Gentri. Let's play.
SHORTZ: For example, if I said last L-A-S-T and lines L-I-N-E-S, you would say laugh, as in last laugh and laugh lines. All right. Number one is beer B-E-E-R and button, beer and button. So, you need beer blank and blank button.
HANSEN: And it has to be alphabetically. So, it's button, bah.
SHORTZ: It's going to start with a B somewhere between beer and button. And think of a person with a big gut. Has a beer what?
HANSEN: Oh, beer...
SHORTZ: Beer belly and belly button is right.
HANSEN: Got you. Oh, I get it. Okay. I think I'm getting this.
SHORTZ: All right. Number two is chemistry and clown.
SHORTZ: Chemistry class and class clown, good job.
HANSEN: Very good.
SHORTZ: Calling, catalog.
HANSEN: Card, yeah.
SHORTZ: Calling card, card catalog, nice. Bad, brother.
HANSEN: Ooh, nice.
SHORTZ: Bad blood and blood brother, nice work.
HANSEN: Gentri, you're on a roll, man.
M: I know. I was nervous.
SHORTZ: We should stop here, except there's more of the puzzle.
HANSEN: There always is. Go ahead.
SHORTZ: There always is. Your next one is shelf and suit, S-H-E-L-F and S-U-I-T. All right. Well, think of what an astronaut would wear.
HANSEN: Shelf space and space...
SHORTZ: You always need more shelf space and...
SHORTZ: ...a space suit, good. How about cabin, cut.
SHORTZ: There you go. And crew cut, nice. How about safe S-A-F-E and symbol. Safe blank and blank symbol.
HANSEN: All I can think of is status but it's...
SHORTZ: Yeah, all right. How about...
HANSEN: It begin with S. I mean, how...
SHORTZ: How hard can this be?
M: Liane, it's just because you said we were on a roll.
HANSEN: I know, I know. I'm really sorry.
SHORTZ: I know, it's a jinx.
HANSEN: I jinxed it.
SHORTZ: And the second letter is E.
HANSEN: Oh, sex.
SHORTZ: There you go. Safe sex and sex symbol, good. Try this one: banana and box.
SHORTZ: Banana bread and bread box. And your last one is bed B-E-D and bunny.
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SHORTZ: You got this one, Liane?
HANSEN: It's one of his diabolical puns there more or less. Think of a cartoon character.
M: Oh, bugs.
HANSEN: Bugs, you betcha.
SHORTZ: There you go. Bed bugs and bugs bunny, nice job.
HANSEN: Oh, Gentri, we made a good team.
M: Yes, we did. Thanks for the help.
HANSEN: Well, I'm sorry I jinxed you.
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HANSEN: Well, to tell you what you're going to get for playing our puzzle today, we have a young singer-songwriter from Shawnee, Oklahoma. She's just been nominated for five Native American Music Awards. Here's Samantha Crain.
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M: 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 Riddle and Challenges" from Chronicle Books, and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday Puzzles.
HANSEN: What do you think, Gentri?
M: Oh, sounds so great.
HANSEN: Yeah? You're going to have lots of puzzles to play when your loot arrives. Before we let you go, Gentri, tell us what member station you listen to.
M: KUSU at Utah State University.
HANSEN: All right. Gentri Green of Logan, Utah, thanks for playing our puzzle today. You were great.
M: Thank you.
HANSEN: Will, I know you have a challenge for next week, so cough it up.
M: Yes, it's a short one. Complete this analogy: Banjo is to ferns - F-E-R-N-S - as pecan - P-E-C-A-N - is to what? So again: Banjo is to ferns as pecan is to what?
HANSEN: Hey, Will, thanks a lot.
M: Thanks, Liane.
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