Two-Word Answers with S.L. Initials NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. This week's winner is David Kahan from Brookline, Mass. He listens to Weekend Edition on member station WBUR in Boston.
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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?

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

HANSEN: Very well. Thanks. We actually have a visitor today who'll be observing us doing the puzzle. She's Laureen Willhelmy(ph). She's from KPBS in San Diego, and she's one of the online auction winners from the station out there. And she'll be visiting with us after the show, but she wanted...


HANSEN: see how puzzles were made, so we thought we would show her. So to begin, of course, you have to remind us of the challenge you left us with last week.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Jeffrey Harris of Nashville, Tennessee. And I said take the name Delia Ephron. She's the screenwriter who co-wrote the screenplay for the recent "Bewitched" and "You've Got Mail" and many other films. And I said rearrange the letters in her name to form two words, one of them the name of an electronic device, the other a feature often found on that device. What words are these?

HANSEN: What were they?

SHORTZ: They are phone and redial, and we accepted dialer as well as redial.

HANSEN: Well, we had over 2,400 entries from people who solved the puzzle. And our randomly selected winner from those correct answers is David Cayhan(ph). He joins us from Brookline, Massachusetts.

Hi, David.

Mr. DAVID CAYHAN: How are you?

HANSEN: I'm very well. Thanks. And yourself?

Mr. CAYHAN: Good. Thank you.

HANSEN: I understand that you play the puzzle at home as a group, right? It's a community activity.

Mr. CAYHAN: Absolutely. My wife and I--it's a regular part of our Sunday routine. This past Sunday, our eight-year-old son Peter was getting a little tired of waiting for us, so he wandered in and joined us. He played puzzle on the air along with you all. And then when Will gave a puzzle for everyone, he quickly wrote it down and dutifully started to solve it.

HANSEN: And so as patriarch of the family, you're the one who gets to appear as our guest this week.

Mr. CAYHAN: I'm the designated victim for the air.

HANSEN: Great.

Well, Will, meet David. David, meet Will. And let's play.

SHORTZ: Hi, David. Last week, I had the honor to speak in the Dewey Lecture Series at the Salt Lake City Public Library, and I spoke with the people at the local NPR stations out there, KCPW, KUER and Utah Public Radio, and here's a puzzle I made for my trip there. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase with the initials SL, as in Salt Lake.


SHORTZ: For example, if I gave you the clue petulant type, you would say sore loser.

Mr. CAYHAN: Got it.

SHORTZ: All right. Number one is how a deaf person communicates.

Mr. CAYHAN: Sign language.

SHORTZ: That's right. Number two, `Nobody doesn't like' her in a slogan.

Mr. CAYHAN: Sara Lee.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Nathaniel Hawthorne novel with `The.'

Mr. CAYHAN: "Scarlet Letter."

SHORTZ: Excellent. A sailor's balance on a ship.

Mr. CAYHAN: Sea legs.

SHORTZ: Excellent. What every cloud is said to have.

Mr. CAYHAN: Silver lining.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Sixty-five miles an hour on many roads.

Mr. CAYHAN: Speed limit.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Painting of a bowl of fruit for example.

Mr. CAYHAN: Still life.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. The shortest distance between two points.

Mr. CAYHAN: Straight line.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. It can tan you indoors.

Mr. CAYHAN: I'm sorry, can...

SHORTZ: Tan you. It can give you a tan.

Mr. CAYHAN: Ah, something light. Sun lamp.

SHORTZ: Sun lamp is it. A long car used by celebrities.

Mr. CAYHAN: Stretch limo.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. A T-bar.

Mr. CAYHAN: I'm sorry. A what bar?

SHORTZ: T-bar. The letter T.

Mr. CAYHAN: T-bar. A T-bar.

SHORTZ: You might see it on a mountain resort.

Mr. CAYHAN: Oh, ski lift.

SHORTZ: Ski lift is it. Rank above sergeant major in the Army.

Mr. CAYHAN: Second lieutenant.

SHORTZ: Excellent. Tchaikovsky ballet.

Mr. CAYHAN: "Swan Lake."

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Brutal task master in "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Mr. CAYHAN: Simon Legree.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. African country whose capital is Freetown.

Mr. CAYHAN: Sierra Leone.

SHORTZ: That's it. City famous for its gateway arch.

Mr. CAYHAN: St. Louis.

SHORTZ: That's right. And your last one is goodbye.

Mr. CAYHAN: So long.

SHORTZ: So long. David, bravo.

HANSEN: Bravo! Nice work.

Mr. CAYHAN: Oh, this is fun.

HANSEN: Yeah. You bet. That's why we do it. And you also get some things 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, we have a new gift that we just started last week. It's two Sudoko wordless crossword puzzle books--wordless crossword puzzle books, hmm--presented by Will Shortz from St. Martin's Press.

David, what's your member station? What station do you listen to?


HANSEN: WBUR in Boston.

David Cayhan from Brookline, Massachusetts, you were fabulous. Thanks a lot for playing with us today.

Mr. CAYHAN: Thank you.

HANSEN: All right.

Will, now a challenge for everyone to work on this coming week.

SHORTZ: Well, this week's challenge comes from listener Dale Sugar(ph) of Brooklyn, New York. Name two familiar products you might find in a drugstore or a supermarket. These are well-known, national brands that compete with each other. Each name has five letters. Put them together, one after the other, and you'll get a well-known geographical name also five, five. What is it? So, again, two familiar products you might find in a drugstore or supermarket, well-known, national brands that actually compete with each other. Each name has five letters. Put them together and you'll get a well-known geographical name. What is it?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, e-mail us at Only one entry per person please. Our deadline is Thursday at 3 PM Eastern time. And please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. We'll call you if you are 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 Web site at

Will, that was a lot of fun. Thanks a lot.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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