Audie Cornish Is The New Host. True Or False? You are given a statement and must determine whether it is true or false.
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And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.

WILL SHORTZ: Hey, Liane.

HANSEN: And the reason we're mixing it up is because today is my last broadcast and we've invited a special guest to be our player, NPR's Audie Cornish. In the fall, she becomes the new host of this program. So, welcome to my nightmare, Audie.


AUDIE CORNISH: Thank you, I think.

HANSEN: Well, I know you've had some practice at this. You've been a regular replacement for me when I've been away from the program. But this is a little different because apparently we're going to work as a team.

CORNISH: That's good. Will knew I would need the help, I think.

HANSEN: That's right. Will, it's a team puzzle?

SHORTZ: It's a team puzzle today.

HANSEN: Great. So, Audie, are you ready?

CORNISH: I am ready.

HANSEN: All right. Will, Audie, let's play.

SHORTZ: All right. Well, here's how it goes, Liane and Audie: I'm going to give you some statements about words or word play; you say whether they're true or false. And if you don't know, take a guess. And I'd be happy to hear your thoughts behind your answer.

J: fjord, F-J-O-R-D, is the only common five-letter word in which J is the second letter. Here it is again: fjord is the only common five- letter word in which J is the second letter.

CORNISH: I thought I was a smarty pants for knowing...

HANSEN: Me too.

CORNISH: ...what fjord was so this is going to be kind of...

HANSEN: Well, being Norwegian, I pine for the fjords.


HANSEN: It was second letter J. Well, there must be some that have vowels. I'm going to say no. What do you think? I'm thinking...

CORNISH: I see you writing some things.

HANSEN: Eject, eject.

SHORTZ: There you go. Good going, Liane.

CORNISH: Eject, yes.

SHORTZ: The answer is false because eject also has a J in the second position.

HANSEN: Woo-hoo. Yay.

CORNISH: Team Liane.

SHORTZ: Excellent. OK. Here's your next one: no common word rhymes with month. No common word rhymes with month.

HANSEN: Donth.

CORNISH: ...are going through.

SHORTZ: True or false?

CORNISH: I think that that's true.

HANSEN: All right. I'm going with Audie. We're going to say true.

SHORTZ: You are correct. All right. Your next one: mimic, M-I-M-I-C, is the only common five-letter word that can be spelled using only roman numerals.



HANSEN: L is a Roman numeral, E is a roman numeral...has to be five letters, right?

SHORTZ: Right.

HANSEN: X is a roman numeral.

CORNISH: Well, there's the word civic.

SHORTZ: There you go. So, the answer to the statement is false. Civic is another five-letter word that has roman numerals. Also vivid, civil and livid are other examples.


SHORTZ: All right. Your next one: six different common words can be spelled from the letters O-P-S-T. So, take the letters O-P-S-T, you can rearrange those to spell six different common words: true or false?



HANSEN: What do you have?

CORNISH: Post and stop.

HANSEN: That's exactly what I have written down. Post and stop.



HANSEN: Ah, there we go.



SHORTZ: Yes. You're up to four.

CORNISH: Up to four. Did we say spots? I've got spot...

SHORTZ: You haven't said spot yet, that's five.

HANSEN: We haven't said spot.

SHORTZ: That's five. So, the question is: is there a sixth?

CORNISH: I think that there isn't another word, no.

HANSEN: There isn't, no.

SHORTZ: OK. Your answer is false?



SHORTZ: I'm sorry, it's true. You overlooked opts O-P-T-S.


HANSEN: Oh, of course.

SHORTZ: All right. I caught you on that one.


SHORTZ: All right. Here's your next one: Albany is the only U.S. state capital whose last two letters are the abbreviation for its state.

HANSEN: I'm going to say, yes, it is the only one.

SHORTZ: That is correct. Albany is the only one. I hear high-fives there.

HANSEN: High-fives all around.

SHORTZ: All right. Here's your next one: the foot is the only part of the human body whose name is pluralized by changing a double O to a double E.

HANSEN: Oh, now here we go with our parts of the body.

CORNISH: Yeah. OK. Foot is to feet.

HANSEN: Right. As...

CORNISH: Tooth is to teeth.

HANSEN: Tooth is to teeth.

SHORTZ: There you go.

HANSEN: Nice work, Audie.

SHORTZ: So, your answer is?

HANSEN: It is false.

SHORTZ: It is false. Tooth goes to teeth, nice. Beijing, B-E-I-J-I-N-G, is the only well-known place name in the world that, when written in small letters, contains three consecutive dotted letters.

CORNISH: Does it have to be another city?

SHORTZ: No. Just any place name.

HANSEN: What about Fiji?

SHORTZ: What about Fiji?

HANSEN: There you go. I think Audie's got it down.

CORNISH: We both wrote it.

HANSEN: We both got it.


SHORTZ: Excellent, excellent, so it's false. All right. Now, here's your last one: Albuquerque, New Mexico is the only state capital with two Q's in its name. Is that true or false?

CORNISH: State capitals.

HANSEN: Again with the state capitals. What are some other capitals that actually have a Q?

CORNISH: Yeah. I don't have a Q.



HANSEN: I don't know but I think it's true. What do you think, Audie?

CORNISH: I want to follow your instinct. I trust your judgment.

HANSEN: Okay, I think just one.

SHORTZ: Okay, so Albuquerque is the only state capital with two Q's in its name. And you say true.



SHORTZ: Yeah, actually Albuquerque is not the state capital of New Mexico.

CORNISH: Oh, what?


SHORTZ: It's Santa Fe.

CORNISH: Oh, you didn't.

SHORTZ: So this statement is false.

HANSEN: Oh, you - one those.

CORNISH: You nasty.

SHORTZ: I had to end on that.

HANSEN: You did. Thanks a lot, Will.

CORNISH: Really.

HANSEN: Giving Audie a taste of what she's in for.


HANSEN: I just want to say, Audie, you are a really good team member. And for playing our puzzle today, I would like to present you with your very own...



CORNISH: Oh, my God.

HANSEN: Good luck to you, sweetie, when you take over in the fall. I know you'll be great.

CORNISH: Thank you so much, Liane. We'll miss you.

HANSEN: And, Will, I hope you'll be gentle and kind to her.


SHORTZ: I'll be gentle, yeah. And, Liane, I just want to say it has been a - what - we've been doing this puzzle together for almost 20 years.

HANSEN: I know.

SHORTZ: And I have one other thing to say. Someone asked me recently if the reason you were retiring was so that you and I can get married.


HANSEN: Oh, my dear. Isn't that funny the way that that still goes on? But, you know, Will, I'm going to miss doing this with you. It was always the best part of my week. It was so much fun and a chance to, you know, meet people who listen to the program. But I want you to know that I will be listening. I'll be yelling at my radio on Sunday mornings.


HANSEN: I mean I thank you for everything that you've done for the show, and I do treasure our friendship and will keep in touch, and probably fuel the rumors by saying: I hope to make it up to Westchester County to see your new Table Tennis Club.

SHORTZ: Excellent, thank you.

HANSEN: Thank you, Will, very much.

SHORTZ: Thank you, Liane.

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