A Bundle Of Laughs You are given two words and must provide a third word that can go in between them. The answer will follow the first word and precede the second to complete two familiar two-word phrases.
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A Bundle Of Laughs

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And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.


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?

M: Nope.


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?

M: Belly.

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.

M: Class?

SHORTZ: Chemistry class and class clown, good job.

HANSEN: Very good.

SHORTZ: Calling, catalog.

M: Card.

HANSEN: Card, yeah.

SHORTZ: Calling card, card catalog, nice. Bad, brother.

M: Blood.

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.

M: Space.



HANSEN: Shelf space and space...

SHORTZ: You always need more shelf space and...

HANSEN: Gotcha.

SHORTZ: ...a space suit, good. How about cabin, cut.

M: Crew.


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.

M: Bread.

SHORTZ: Banana bread and bread box. And your last one is bed B-E-D and bunny.


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.


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.


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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