JAMES HATTORI, host:
From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm James Hattori, sitting in for Liane Hansen.
And it's time for the puzzle. So here is puzzle master Will Shortz. How are you doing, Will?
WILL SHORTZ: Hey, James. Welcome back to the show.
HATTORI: Thank you. And welcome back to you. What's going on with your life?
SHORTZ: Well, I mentioned this once before, a few weeks ago. But in Philadelphia, on the 20th, I'm directing the first Sudoku National Championship. It's sponsored by the Philadelphia Inquirer. There's lot of solving categories for skilled and age groups. The grand prize is $10,000 and they're expecting close to a thousand contestants. And if you're interested in more information, you can go to philly.com/sudoku.
HATTORI: Wow, 10,000 bucks for the winner. You can make a living doing Sudoku huh?
SHORTZ: Yes. You can make a killing in one tournament. Yeah. Or several maybe.
HATTORI: So, Will, remind us what was the challenge last week?
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from our old pal Merle Reagle. I said take the word underachievement. Change one letter in it, and rearrange the result to name a famous actress - first and last name. Who is it?
HATTORI: And the answer is?
SHORTZ: Well, you change the M to an E, and rearrange all the letters. You'll get Catherine Deneuve.
HATTORI: Oh. Well, we have over 800 entries - wow - from people who tried to solve that puzzle. And our randomly selected winner is Janice Hoffmann from Claremont, California.
Ms. JANICE HOFFMANN (Puzzle Winner; Resident, Claremont, California): Hi.
HATTORI: Janice, that's the Inland Empire out there, isn't it?
Ms. HOFFMANN: That is correct.
HATTORI: What do you do there?
Ms. HOFFMANN: I do a number of things, but the one that I'm most proud of - and chair-elect of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation national board.
HATTORI: Oh, that's admirable work. Congratulations. How long have you been doing the puzzle?
Ms. HOFFMANN: For about six to eight years perhaps.
HATTORI: Now, we actually, I think, try to get a hold of you before to do this, didn't we?
Ms. HOFFMANN: You did.
HATTORI: What happened?
Ms. HOFFMANN: Caller ID did me in. And it was this strange 202 area code that I didn't answer. So after losing out to play puzzle on the air about three months ago, I answer every 202 area code. Now, that I almost didn't - this time but, anyway, I'm here and I'm happy to be here.
HATTORI: Well, next time maybe it will be the president or something really…
Ms. HOFFMANN: Exactly. Exactly.
HATTORI: Will, say hi go Janice.
SHORTZ: Hey, Janice and James. In today's puzzle, every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials C. O. For example, if I gave you the clue, right to buy a stock later at a specified price, you would say call option.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Okay.
SHORTZ: All right. Number one is a kitchen gadget for removing lids.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Can opener.
SHORTZ: Can opener is right. Number two: A liquid product of a palm tree.
Ms. HOFFMANN: It's something oil.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Canola oil.
SHORTZ: Canola oil. Okay. Is that true? I was going for coconut oil.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Coconut oil, okay.
SHORTZ: All right. Smallest group playing classical music.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Chamber orchestra.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" or Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."
Ms. HOFFMANN: Comic opera?
SHORTZ: Chekhov play with the.
Ms. HOFFMANN: "The Cherry Orchard."
SHORTZ: That's right. A crime that might result in the death penalty.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Mm-hmm. Capital…
Ms. HOFFMANN: …capital.
SHORTZ: Not defense.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Of - offense. Capital offense.
SHORTZ: Capital offense is right. Any army person ranking above sergeant major.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Corporal officer.
SHORTZ: No. Officer is right.
Ms. HOFFMANN: A commissioned officer.
SHORTZ: Commissioned officer is right. Musical accompaniment for a hymn.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Organ.
SHORTZ: Yeah. What kind and where would it be?
Ms. HOFFMANN: A church organ.
SHORTZ: Church organ is right. State capital between Indianapolis, Indiana and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Columbus, Ohio.
SHORTZ: That's right. Feature of property in a Cabot's(ph).
Ms. HOFFMANN: Feature of property in a Cabot's. Ownership.
SHORTZ: Yes. What kind?
Ms. HOFFMANN: Community ownership.
SHORTZ: It's - sorry.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Community ownership.
SHORTZ: Okay or common ownership. Good.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Ownership.
SHORTZ: A person with religious or moral reasons for not going to war.
Ms. HOFFMANN: A conscientious objector.
SHORTZ: Uh-huh. A player of Archie Bunker on "All In The Family."
Ms. HOFFMANN: Oh, my gosh.
SHORTZ: Famous actor.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Carroll…
Ms. HOFFMANN: …O'Connor?
SHORTZ: Carroll O'Connor. Good. Try this one. Basic brunch dish.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Cheese…
Ms. HOFFMANN: …omelet.
SHORTZ: Cheese omelet is right. Citrus fruit from the West Coast.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Citrus fruit from the West Coast.
SHORTZ: What's the first citrus fruit starting with an O?
Ms. HOFFMANN: Orange, of course.
SHORTZ: And what's the - I'm sorry.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Citrus orange or California orange.
SHORTZ: California orange, I've gone for. A typical CIA mission.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Covert operation.
SHORTZ: That's right, and your last one: A sign at a nudist camp.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Ms. HOFFMANN: Clothes' optional.
SHORTZ: That is correct. Good job.
HATTORI: Wow, Janice, you make that so easy.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Oh, thank you.
HATTORI: For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, the "11th Edition of Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus," the "Scrabble Deluxe Edition" from Parker Brothers, "The Puzzle Master Presents" from Random House Volume 2, Will Shortz's "Little Black Book of Sudoku" and "Black and White Book of Crosswords" from Saint Martin's Press…
Ms. HOFFMANN: Excellent.
HATTORI: …and one of - wait, there's more. And one of Will Shortz's "Puzzle Master Decks of Riddles and Challenges" from Chronicle Books.
Janice, tell us what member station do you listen to out there in the great inland empire of Southern California.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Well, I listen to KPCC and we've been longtime members and supporters of KPCC.
HATTORI: Great to hear that.
Ms. HOFFMANN: And KDCR as well.
HATTORI: Janice Hoffman from Claremont, California, thanks for playing the puzzle with us.
Ms. HOFFMANN: Thank you. It's my pleasure.
HATTORI: Will, so what is the challenge for next week?
SHORTZ: Well, name a well-known city in the United States, two words, ten letters altogether. Add the letter A at the front, add the city's two-letter state postal abbreviation at the end, the resulting 13-letter chain will be palindromic, that is, it will read backward and forward the same. What is it?
So again, a well-known U.S. city, two words, ten letters. Add an A at the front and add the city's two-letter state postal abbreviation at the end. The resulting 13-letter chain will be palindromic. What city is this?
HATTORI: I think that's the first time I've ever heard someone use the word palindromic.
SHORTZ: It doesn't come out much in conversations.
HATTORI: When you have the answer, go to our Web site, npr.org, and click on the Submit Your Answer link on the Sunday Puzzle page. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline this week is Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. And be sure to include your phone number so we can reach you. And if you have caller ID, look for that 202 area code. We'll call you if you're the winner and you'll get to play puzzle on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle master, Will Shortz.
Thanks again, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, James.
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