Try One On For Size Every answer is a familiar proverb or saying that contains a word that starts with the letter T. You are given the T word and must guess the saying. For some words, there are multiple answers. For example, given the word "try," the answer could be, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
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DAVID GREENE, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

And joining us now is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hello, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hey, David.

GREENE: Tell me, what was the challenge that you gave out last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Francis Heaney of Brooklyn. I said: take the word calm. If you flip the pair of letters A-L in place, you get the word clam. And I said: now, take the last name of a film director known for using profanity. Flip two pairs of letters in that name in place to get a word used as a substitute for profanity. Who's the director and what is the word?

GREENE: And the answers are?

SHORTZ: The director is Tarantino, as in Quentin Tarantino. Switch those letters, you get tarnation, as what in tarnation?

GREENE: And we had to do this, but we had to play a little Tarantino on this program today.

(Soundbite of movie, "Pulp Fiction")

Mr. JOHN TRAVOLTA (Actor): (as Vincent Vega) Do you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

Mr. SAMUEL L. JACKSON (Actor): (as Jules Winnfield) They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?

Mr. TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) No, man. They got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the (beep) a quarter pounder is.

Mr. JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What do they call it?

Mr. TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) They call it Royale with cheese.

Mr. JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) Royale with cheese?

Mr. TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) That's right.

Mr. JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What do they call a Big Mac?

GREENE: Can you identify the movie?

SHORTZ: You tell me.

GREENE: It's "Pulp Fiction." Are you a Tarantino fan or it's just the answer to the puzzle?

SHORTZ: I'm not. I actually don't like profanity.

GREENE: OK. Well, we received more than 2,500 entries this week. And our randomly selected winners are - they're actually a package deal - Jaxon and Arlene Teck of Rockaway, New Jersey. Thank you both for being on the line.

Ms. ARLENE TECK: Well, thank you.

GREENE: And tell us what you both do.

Ms. TECK: What I do is I write brand names for pharmaceutical products.

Mr. JAXON TECK: And I'm a logistics planner.

GREENE: And you two, I understand, have been playing for the puzzle for a long time and you used to submit entries via postcard.

Ms. TECK: Back to postcard days, yes.

Mr. TECK: It's primarily Arlene who does the submitting. I just sort of watch as it goes by.

GREENE: She does the heavy lifting.

Mr. TECK: Yes.

GREENE: Well, are you both ready to play the puzzle? You're a team we're going to have playing this week.

Ms. TECK: Yes, yes, we are.

Mr. TECK: Sure.

GREENE: Well, there you go. Well, Jaxon and Arlene, meet Will Shortz. And let's get going.

SHORTZ: All right, Arlene and Jaxon, this is a good puzzle for two people. Every answer today is a familiar proverb or saying containing a word that starts with the letter T. I'll give you the T word; you tell me the proverb or saying. Some of these words have multiple answers. Any answer will be counted correct.

For example, if I said try, you might say, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Ms. TECK: Oh, OK.

SHORTZ: Number one is thousand.

Ms. TECK: A picture is worth a...

Mr. TECK: ...thousand words.

SHORTZ: That's teamwork. Throw.

Ms. TECK: Oh, I'm getting a stump on that one. I need some hints.

SHORTZ: The first word is people.

Ms. TECK: People...oh, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

SHORTZ: Excellent. How about turn T-U-R-N.

Ms. TECK: Turn.

Mr. TECK: I was thinking of turn a phrase.

SHORTZ: It's got to be a proverb or saying though rather than just an expression.

Ms. TECK: Something, I know something about the worm turns.

SHORTZ: Maybe. I was going for one good turn deserves another.

Ms. TECK: Oh, OK.

SHORTZ: All right. Try this one: tread T-R-E-A-D.

Mr. TECK: Oh. Tread lightly and carry a big stick.

SHORTZ: Yeah. Do people say that? I don't know. I'll tell you, my answer starts with fools.

Ms. TECK: Oh, fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

SHORTZ: Excellent.

Ms. TECK: Those first words are big helpers.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SHORTZ: How about this: tales T-A-L-E-S.

Ms. TECK: Tales.

Mr. TECK: Dead men tell no tales.

SHORTZ: There you go.

Mr. TECK: Great.

SHORTZ: Twice T-W-I-C-E.

Ms. TECK: Give us the first word.

SHORTZ: Oh, there are several answers. Let's see. What about measure.

Ms. TECK: Oh, yes.

Mr. TECK: Measure twice, cut once.

SHORTZ: That's it. Also, once bitten twice shy; lightning never strikes twice in the same spot; fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

How about time T-I-M-E.

Mr. TECK: A stitch in time saves nine.

SHORTZ: Excellent. Time will tell; time heals all wounds. And your last one is think. This is so appropriate for today. Your first word is great.

Ms. TECK: Great minds think alike.

SHORTZ: There you go.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GREENE: Nice work.

Ms. TECK: Oh, thank you. I couldn't have done it without team input.

GREENE: You're a great team.

Ms. TECK: Oh, thanks.

GREENE: Clearly, we had some veterans today. Well, Jaxon and Arlene Teck, for playing the puzzle, you are going to get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin. And there's a lot more: the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers, the book series, "Will Shortz Presents KenKen, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" from St. Martin's Press, also one of Will Shortz's Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges from Chronicle Books and a CD compilation of NPR's Sunday Puzzles. What do you think of that?

Ms. TECK: Oh, that's going to be a lot of fun. I can't wait to get into those.

Mr. TECK: Oh, fabulous.

GREENE: It's on the way. Before we let you go, tell us what member station you listen to.

Mr. TECK: WNYC in New York.

GREENE: Great.

Ms. TECK: FM-1.

GREENE: Jaxon and Arlene Teck from Rockaway, New Jersey, thank you so much for playing the puzzle this week.

Ms. TECK: Well, thank you for calling us.

GREENE: Will, the challenge for next week. Let's have it.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes. Assign every letter of the alphabet its numerical value: A equals one, B equals two, C equals three, et cetera. There is a classic work of literature whose title in eight letters adds up to only 35. What is it? And here's a hint: the title consists of two words.

So again, assigning every letter of the alphabet its numerical value; A equals one; B equals two, et cetera; think of a classic work of literature whose two-word title in eight letters adds up to only 35. What title is it?

GREENE: Well, there you have it. As soon as you have the answer to that, go to our website NPR.org/puzzle. You click on the Submit Your Answer link, only one entry per person please. Our deadline is Thursday at 3 PM Eastern Time, and if you can, please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. We'll call if you're the winner and you will then get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's own puzzlemaster, Will Shortz.

And, Will, your puzzle partner, Liane Hansen will be back in the host chair next week. So you know.

Mr. SHORTZ: All right.

GREENE: Thanks for being here.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thank you.

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