Rhyming Compound Words You are given a compound word and a clue. The answer is another compound word whose halves rhyme, respectively, with the halves of the original compound word. For example, given "lamplight," with the clue "a place to sleep outdoors," the answer would be "campsite."
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Rhyming Compound Words

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Rhyming Compound Words

Rhyming Compound Words

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And joining us is Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hey, Will.


HANSEN: I understand you're about to embark on a table-tennis road trip?

SHORTZ: Yeah, a friend and I from my club are traveling to the Midwest and the South - Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, playing at table tennis clubs all along the way.

HANSEN: Sounds like a lot of fun.

SHORTZ: It will be.

HANSEN: Oh, I bet. You're going to love it. Are you kidding me? On the road. Send me some postcards. Remind us, too, of that challenge we had fun with all this past week. Remind us.

SHORTZ: Yes, it came from listener Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minnesota. I asked: what's the longest common word in which all the letters rhyme with E?

HANSEN: Your answer?

SHORTZ: The answer is detected - eight letters long. It's the only eight-letter word that does that.

HANSEN: No kidding? Well, we had more than 1,800 entries this past week. And our winner, chosen at random as always, is Matt Pallai from Denver, Colorado. Matt, how are you?

MATT PALLAI: I'm doing well, Liane. How are you?

HANSEN: I'm very well, thank you. What do you do in Denver?

PALLAI: I am a business analyst for in Denver. I work for an online travel agency.

HANSEN: How long did it take you to solve this one?

PALLAI: Well, it's one of those puzzles you tucked it away for three, four days, and it just kind of simmers there. And then you work on it for three minutes and there came the answer.

HANSEN: All right. Good for you. How long have you been playing our puzzle?

PALLAI: Oh boy. Well, since you started accepting email entries - never sent a postcard. I was too cheap for that.


HANSEN: Fair enough, fair enough. All right. Sounds like you're ready to play. Are you?

PALLAI: Definitely.

HANSEN: All right. Will, please meet Matt. Let's play.

SHORTZ: All right, Matt and Liane. I'm going to give you a compound word. I'd like you to give me another compound word whose halves rhyme respectively with the halves of my word. For example, if I said lamplight with the clue: place to sleep outdoors, you would say campsite. OK?

PALLAI: Sounds good.

SHORTZ: All right. Number one is boot lace and your clue is: a piece of luggage.

PALLAI: Suitcase.

SHORTZ: That's correct. Number two: bread box, Rastafarian's hairdo.

PALLAI: Dreadlocks.

SHORTZ: That's it. House dad; an item beside a computer.

PALLAI: Mousepad.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Tin type; pattern on a traditional business suit.

PALLAI: Pinstripe.

SHORTZ: That's it. Hoe cake - that's H-O-E- C-A-K-E - hoe cake; and they say no two examples of this are exactly alike.

PALLAI: Snowflake.

SHORTZ: That's it. Blow dart; diagram showing a step-by-step process.

PALLAI: Flowchart.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Sheep dog; a children's game.

PALLAI: Leapfrog.

SHORTZ: Good. Tail gate; chess situation that results in a draw.

PALLAI: Stalemate.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Knee sock; a bird with a fancy tail.

PALLAI: Peacock.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Toll bar; a mariner's guide.


HANSEN: Whoa. Oh no. It stopped you.

PALLAI: Polestar.

SHORTZ: Polestar - that only took you one extra second. Town hall; to collapse.

PALLAI: Downfall.

SHORTZ: That's it. Black face; reverse on a typewriter.

PALLAI: Backspace.

SHORTZ: That's it. Screw pine - which is a variety of tree - screw pine and stand at an airport or a train station.

PALLAI: Not key line...

HANSEN: Yeah, 'cause those can mean the same.

SHORTZ: And it's not a line. And think of stand as a noun - stand at an airport or train station.

PALLAI: Liane, I really need you.

HANSEN: Yeah, I am - believe me, Matt. Can't you hear that clicking sound? That's my brain getting into gear. Screw line...

PALLAI: Stand.

SHORTZ: It's fine. It's...

HANSEN: All right. All right. We can figure this out. All right. Screw line...

SHORTZ: Screw pine, yeah, and it's a stand at an airport or train station.

PALLAI: A stand...

HANSEN: Oh, sign instead of line?


HANSEN: No. I'm going through the alphabet here.

SHORTZ: I stumped you both.

HANSEN: You did.

SHORTZ: I'm just going to have to tell you: it's a shoeshine. A shoeshine stand.

PALLAI: Awesome.


SHORTZ: All right. Try this one: hand bill; a complete stop.

PALLAI: Standstill.

SHORTZ: Right. And here's another one with hand bill. And your clue is a place where refuse is buried.

PALLAI: Landfill.

SHORTZ: That's right. And here's your last one: back buster, and your clue is dull.

PALLAI: Lackluster.

SHORTZ: Good job.

HANSEN: Nice job, Matt. You are certainly not lackluster as a puzzle player. Nice. Too bad we hit the wall at screw pine but...


HANSEN: ...you were right on. Good job. Good job. So, we have someone to tell what you'll get for playing our puzzle today, musicians that my colleague, Scott Simon, spoke with on yesterday's WEEKEND EDITION. So here are Jake Shears and Baby Daddy of the group Scissor Sisters.

SCISSOR SISTERS: 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, a giant ham and egg sandwich and some trimmings from Baby Daddy's chest hair, and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday Puzzles.


HANSEN: Matt, no promises on the ham sandwich. All right?

PALLAI: That's a disappointment.



PALLAI: It ships well, I know.

HANSEN: That's true, it probably does. Get you some of that good Virginia ham that we have around here. Oh, well. Before we let you go, what member station do you listen to, Matt?

PALLAI: KCFR, my wife and I donate our old cars to them.

HANSEN: Well, Matt Pallai in Denver, Colorado, thanks so much for playing with us today. Enjoy yourself and enjoy all your prizes.

PALLAI: It's truly been a pleasure. Thank you both.

HANSEN: All right, Will, what do you have for everyone to solve over the next week?

SHORTZ: Yes, think of a common compound word in which each half starts with the letter C, as in Charles. Change both Cs to Bs, as in Barbara, and you'll name two objects that are related to each other. What are they? So again: A common compound word in which each half starts with C. Change both Cs to Bs, and you'll name two related objects. What objects are they?

HANSEN: Will, have fun on your road trip. Thanks a lot.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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