Sunday Puzzle: A Multisyllabic Flip-Flop Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz play the Sunday Puzzle with winner Samantha Robison of Junction City, Ore.
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Sunday Puzzle: A Multisyllabic Flip-Flop

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We had the summer solstice this week. The days are now getting shorter. Winter is coming. But don't worry because it's time to play The Puzzle.


GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining me as always is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster. Will, good morning.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: How are you? Are you "Game Of Thrones" fan?

SHORTZ: I'm sorry to say I haven't watched one yet. I don't watch a lot of TV. How about you?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, my goodness. I love "Game Of Thrones." I'm dying for it to come back on.

SHORTZ: I'm afraid to get hooked.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You will, I promise. All right, remind us of last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yes. I said think of a familiar two-word phrase starting with T and ending with S in which the interior letters name part of the human body. Now, I said remove the first and last letters of that and what remains will name another part of the human body. What's the phrases? And what are the body parts? Well, the phrase is the arts. Get rid of the outside letters, you get heart. And remove the outside letters of that, and you're left with ear.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This week, we got more than 1,100 responses. And our randomly selected winner is Samantha Robison of Junction City, Ore. Congratulations, Samantha.


GARCIA-NAVARRO: So what's Junction City like?

ROBISON: It's pretty much right next to Eugene. Junction City is a bit smaller. Eugene is pretty much track town capital. There's a bunch of running areas, which is kind of one of the reasons why I stick around there because I enjoy running.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: What do you do there?

ROBISON: I work as a patient rep for an organization that sets up long-term payment plans for people with medical debt.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, wow. OK. And do you watch "Game of Thrones," by chance? I'm going to ask that to everybody (laughter).

ROBISON: I've seen six minutes of it, and it made me cry.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, no (laughter). Samantha, are you ready to play The Puzzle?

ROBISON: Yes, I am.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK. Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: All right, Samantha, I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word starts with the letter A and is accented on the second syllable. Reverse the order of the syllables and phonetically you'll get the second word. For example, if I said similar and a classic German camera, you would say alike and Leica. Number one is standoffish, and your second clue is an exfoliating shower sponge.

ROBISON: That's aloof and loofah.

SHORTZ: That's it.


SHORTZ: Number two, horrify and comedian Poundstone.

ROBISON: Is it horrify or horrified?

SHORTZ: Horrify, present tense.

And you know comedian Poundstone?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: She's on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. She was a guest on The Puzzle.

ROBISON: Oh, wait. Oh, gosh, oh, appall and a Paula.

SHORTZ: There you go. Yes, good. How about to ease as fears and princess in "Star Wars"?

ROBISON: Allay and Leia.

SHORTZ: That's it. To state as fact and a brand of mattress.

ROBISON: Affirm and Firma?

SHORTZ: No, I don't - that's interesting. There are firm mattresses. But there's no brand that I know of called Firma. It's a much better known - it's a well-known brand of mattress ending in the letter A.


ROBISON: What was the first clue again?

SHORTZ: To state as fact.

ROBISON: Assert and Serta.

SHORTZ: No hint needed. To make receptive or aware, and your second clue is fish in a bumblebee can.

ROBISON: Attune and tuna.

SHORTZ: That's it. Each and leaning tower city.

ROBISON: A piece and Pisa.

SHORTZ: That's it. Not inclined to do something. And then fill in the blank here, vice blank.

ROBISON: Overt and versa.

SHORTZ: Oh, yeah. No one has been able to get this one yet. Let's see if you get it. First clue is public fight. And your second clue is goddess of love in Norse myth.

ROBISON: A fray and Freya?

SHORTZ: Oh, man, you're good. Yes.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wow. There you go.

SHORTZ: Here's your next one. Evaluated and basket in jai alai.

ROBISON: Evaluated and basket in jai alai.

SHORTZ: You know what that piece of sports equipment is in jai alai?

ROBISON: I'm aware of it. I'm just trying to remember what I've - if ever seen that one in crossword.

SHORTZ: It's in crosswords all the time. Yeah, it starts with a C.

ROBISON: Assessed and cesta.

SHORTZ: Oh, yeah, that's it. Good job.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wow. You're brilliant.

SHORTZ: Here's your last one. Toward shelter at sea and wife of Jacob in the Bible.

ROBISON: Alee and Leah.

SHORTZ: Oh, man. Bravo, Samantha.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Bravo, Samantha. That was really, really impressive. Congratulations, seriously.

ROBISON: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at And Samantha, what member station do you listen to?

ROBISON: I listen to KLCC.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Samantha Robison of Junction City, Ore., thank you for playing The Puzzle so well.

ROBISON: Thank you. It was fun.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will, what's the next challenge?

SHORTZ: Yeah, it comes from Kruno Matic, who's a correspondent of mine in Croatia. Take the name Kim Kardashian. Rearrange the letters to get the last name of a famous actress along with a famous one-named singer. Who are these people? So again, Kim Kardashian. Rearrange all those letters to get the last name of a famous actress plus a famous one-named singer. Who are these people?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We're going to get hundreds of hate mail just for using the word Kardashian on NPR. When you have the answer, go to our website and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, June 29 at 3 p.m. ET.

Include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. If you're the winner, we'll give you a call. And you'll get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.

SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.


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