Hidden Artists' Names NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. This week's winner is Rabbi Joshua Waxman from Fort Washington, PA. He listens to Weekend Edition on member station WHYY in Philadelphia.
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Hidden Artists' Names

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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And joining us is Puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

Hi, Will.

WILL SHORTZ (Puzzlemaster): Hi, Liane.

HANSEN: How are you doing?

SHORTZ: I'm doing excellent. How about you?

HANSEN: Fair to normal, thanks. I mean, it's kind of been a quiet week in Lake Washington, DC. Not a lot going on. I think a lot of people were working on the puzzle, which actually had a Washington connection. So remind us of the challenge that you gave everyone last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. I said, `Name a well-known person in politics, first and last names. In this person's first name changed the short O sound to a long I.' And I said, `The result phonetically will name a feature of many live TV broadcasts. Who is it and what is it?'

HANSEN: Who is it? What is it?

SHORTZ: Well, it is Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, and make that change you get time delay.

HANSEN: Oh. Well, we received over 2,100 entries from people who solved this puzzle and our winner who was randomly selected from the correct answers is Rabbi Joshua Waxman from Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania.

Hi. Can I call you Rabbi Josh?

Rabbi JOSHUA WAXMAN: Absolutely.

HANSEN: Now tell us where your congregation is and...

Rabbi WAXMAN: It's in Ft. Washington, which is just outside of Philadelphia.

HANSEN: And is there something we should know about your ministry?

Rabbi WAXMAN: Well, the congregation is called Or Hadash, which means a new light in Hebrew, and it's a progressive congregation affiliated with the reconstructionist movement.

HANSEN: OK. Now you obviously are a puzzle player. How long have you been playing this one?

Rabbi WAXMAN: Well, I've been listening on and off actually only for a couple of years as I drive to religious school to teach on Sunday mornings and this is the first time I ever sent in a response.

HANSEN: Ooh, luck.

Rabbi WAXMAN: I guess so.

HANSEN: Maybe providence. Who knows? Who knows? But it sounds like you're ready to play.

Rabbi WAXMAN: I am.

HANSEN: All right. Well, Will, meet Rabbi Josh and let's play.

SHORTZ: All right. Josh, every answer today is the name of a famous artist past or present. Rearrange the letters in the words I give you to name them. For example, if I said stew--S-T-E-W, you could say Benjamin West.


SHORTZ: Number one is laid, L-A-I-D.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Salvador Dali.

SHORTZ: Dali is right. Number two is leek, L-E-E-K. Looking for a Swiss artist here.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Huh?

HANSEN: Oh, Paul Klee.

SHORTZ: Paul Klee, excellent. Yoga, Y-O-G-A.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Goya.

SHORTZ: Goya is correct. Meant, M-E-A-N-T.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Manet?

SHORTZ: Manet--Edouard Manet is right. How about egads, E-G-A-D-S.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Degas.

SHORTZ: Degas--Edgar Degas is right. Ironer, I-R-O-N-E-R. This time you're looking for a French artist.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Liane?

HANSEN: Impressionist? I think, I'm not sure.


Rabbi WAXMAN: Oh, Renoir.

SHORTZ: Renoir, excellent.


SHORTZ: Arrive, A-R-R-I-V-E.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Rivera.

SHORTZ: Diego Rivera, excellent. Resnub, R-E-S-N-U-B. You're looking for a Flemish artist this time.

HANSEN: Known for his corpulent figures.

SHORTZ: There you go.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Oh, Rubens. Thank you.

SHORTZ: Peter Paul Rubens, very good. Atreus, A-T-R-E-U-S, who happens to be the father of Agamemnon in mythology. A-T-R-E-U-S, and you're looking for a French artist again with a very distinctive style...

HANSEN: Oh, this is...

SHORTZ: ...not involving strokes of the brush and, in particular, I think he founded the Pointelles School(ph).

HANSEN: I know these hints should really be helpful...

Rabbi WAXMAN: And sometimes things are still blank.

HANSEN: ...and sometimes just--I'm staring at six letters here and it's not coming to me.

SHORTZ: And the first name is George.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Sot?

HANSEN: Oh, Seurat.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Seurat.

SHORTZ: George Seurat is right.

HANSEN: "Sunday in the Park with George."

SHORTZ: There...

HANSEN: How could we...

SHORTZ: ...you go. There you go. Try this one: Harlow, H-A-R-L-O-W. It's an American artist of the 20th century.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Warhol.

HANSEN: Very good.

SHORTZ: Andy Warhol is right. Astrut, A-S-T-R-U-T. A noted portraitist.

HANSEN: Gilbert Stuart.

SHORTZ: Gilbert Stuart, very good. Cheers, C-H-E-E-R-S.


SHORTZ: He's Dutch, 20th century. Famous for prints with interesting geometrical principles.


SHORTZ: And he goes by two initials and then his last name.

HANSEN: I know I should know this.

Rabbi WAXMAN: I'm coming up empty.

SHORTZ: I stumped you both. It's M.C. Escher.


Rabbi WAXMAN: Ooh.

HANSEN: I should know that. Ooh.

SHORTZ: And here's your last one. Ostrich, O-S-T-R-I-C-H.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Christo.


SHORTZ: Christo, that was fast. Good job.

HANSEN: Really. Wow. Rabbi, we made a good team here.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Well, I needed your help.

HANSEN: Yeah, I needed yours, too. Well, 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 Puzzlemaster Presents" from Random House, volume two, and "The New York Times Will Shortz's Favorite Sunday Crossword Puzzles" from St. Martin's Press.

Rabbi Josh, I know you would get the Dali because they've had the big exhibition of Salvador Dali at the Philadelphia Museum where--and you are near Philadelphia. So what's your public radio station?


HANSEN: All right. Rabbi Joshua Waxman from Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, thanks a lot for playing today.

Rabbi WAXMAN: Thank you.


Will, challenge for everybody.

SHORTZ: Well, this week's challenge comes from listener Kevin Connors of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Think of a seven-letter word that names a person who is much admired. The first letter is P as in Peter. Replace the P with an R, rearrange the result and you'll name a person who is despised. Who is it? And both words are uncapitalized. So again, a seven-letter word that names a person who is much admired, the first letter is P. Replace that P with an R, rearrange the result, and you'll name a person who is despised. Who is it?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, e-mail us at puzzle@npr.org. Only one entry per person, please, and our deadline is Thursday at 3 PM Eastern time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time and 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 Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. There's also information on our at Web site at npr.org.

Hey, Will, thanks a lot.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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