Good 'PR' Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. (This week's winner is Susan Fischer from Kitakyushu, Japan. She listens to Weekend Edition on the Web.)
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JACKIE LYDEN, host:

From NPR News this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Jacki Lyden sitting in for Liane Hansen. And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hi there, Will. Great to be with you again.

Mr. WILL SHORTZ (Puzzle Master): Hi there Jackie, welcome back.

LYDEN: Thank you so much. Remind us of the challenge you left with the show last week.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, it came with the help of Michael Shteyman of Baltimore. I said name two drink orders you might make at a tavern. Each is a single word. Read these two words one after another and you'll get a familiar two-word phrase that names something you never want to be seen in. What is it?

LYDEN: Shot came to me just like that but I don't know the rest. The answer?

Mr. SHORTZ: Well, you got half of it. The other half is mug. Mug and a shot and you never want to be in a mugshot.

LYDEN: We had over 200 entries from people who tried to solve the puzzle and our winner, randomly selected from the correct answer, is Susan Fischer, who joins us from Japan. Hi there, Susan.

Mr. SUSAN FISCHER (Caller): Hi.

LYDEN: What do you do in Japan and where are you there?

Ms. FISCHER: I'm in Kitakyushu, Japan, and I'm a visiting professor at the University of Kitakyushu.

LYDEN: How long have you been playing the puzzle?

Ms. FISCHER: Forever. Since postcards days.

LYDEN: Well, are you reading to play with Will?

Ms. FISCHER: I hope so.

LYDEN: Will, meet Susan and lets play.

Mr. SHORTZ: All right, Susan and Jacki. Today's puzzle has some good PR. Every answer is a familiar word, name, or phase in which the only consonants are P and R repeated as often as necessary. The only other letters in the answers are A,E,I,O and U. For example, if I gave you the clue something to write on you would say paper, and your first answers are all six letters long and your first clue is sword.

Ms. FISCHER: Rapier.

Mr. SHORTZ: Rapier, excellent. Number two is M & M or Lil Kim?

Ms. FISCHER: Rapper.

Mr. SHORTZ: Rapper. Good. According to the established way of doing things.

LYDEN: Hint?

Mr. SHORTZ: Or according to Miss Manners.

Ms. FISCHER: Oh, I'm stumpted.

LYDEN: Proper?

Mr. SHORTZ: Proper is it.

Ms. FISCHER: Oh yeah, there you go.

Mr. SHORTZ: Good. Try this one. To mend.

Ms. FISCHER: Repair.

Mr. SHORTZ: Repair. Excellent. A harvesting machine.

Ms. FISCHER: Reaper.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh huh. A person who is destitute.

Ms. FISCHER: Pauper.

Mr. SHORTZ: Pauper. Excellent. Hubbub.

Ms. FISCHER: Hubbub. Do you have a hint?

Mr. SHORTZ: A loud, loud, noisy disturbance.

Ms. FISCHER: Uproar.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uproar, excellent. To join into twos, and this is a two-word answer.

Ms. FISCHER: Pair up.

Mr. SHORTZ: Pair up. Excellent. To stand on the hind two legs as a horse. Also a two-word answer.

Ms. FISCHER: Rear up.

Mr. SHORTZ: Rear up, yes. Now the following answers are seven letters long. A student at an elite private high school.

Ms. FISCHER: Preppy.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh huh. Much of Kansas and Nebraska.

Ms. FISCHER: Prairie.

Mr. SHORTZ: Prairie is right. A popular brand of bottled water.

Ms. FISCHER: Perrier.

Mr. SHORTZ: Perrier. Excellent. To make as a meal.

Ms. FISCHER: Prepare.

Mr. SHORTZ: Music like Abba's.

Ms. FISCHER: Oh, I never listen to Abba.

Mr. SHORTZ: And it's music from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Ms. FISCHER: Abba is Swedish.

Mr. SHORTZ: Right, and...

Ms. FISCHER: Oh, European.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yeah. So the music like Abba's is? It's not classical, it's...

Ms. FISCHER: Europop.

Mr. SHORTZ: Europop. Yes, I knew you knew that. Try this, a conduit through which you can breath.

Ms. FISCHER: Air something.

Mr. SHORTZ: This thing can also carry.

Ms. FISCHER: Air pipe.

Mr. SHORTZ: Air pipe. Yes. A kind of conclusion. It's a two-word phrase. It's a variety of reasoning. It's a Latin phrase. The first word is one letter long and the second word...

Ms. FISCHER: Oh, a priori.

Mr. SHORTZ: A priori is right. Now, this answer is eight letters long. To come into view again.

Ms. FISCHER: Re-appear.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, and your last one is an 11-letter answer. Something that enlivens, and it's a hyphenated word. Something that enlivens.

Ms. FISCHER: Something that enlivens.

Mr. SHORTZ: I'll tell you that the first letter is P.

Ms. FISCHER: Oh, pepper upper.

Mr. SHORTZ: Pepper upper is right.

LYDEN: Well, okay, I'll do my on R and P. That was impressive.

Ms. FISCHER: Thank you, but that had a V in it.

LYDEN: Well, you know. I'm not (unintelligible) what can you say? For playing our puzzle today, Susan, 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, Random House Volume II, a set of Saduko puzzle books presented by Will Shortz from St. Martin's Press, and one of Will Shortz's New Puzzle Master Decks of Riddles and Challenges from Chronicle Books. Susan, would you please tell us how you listen to the show from Japan?

Ms. FISCHER: Yes, I download the podcasts.

LYDEN: Oh, very good. Susan Fischer joined us from Japan. Susan, thanks so much for playing the puzzle.

Ms. FISCHER: Thank you, I really enjoyed it.

LYDEN: And Will, will you please give us next week's challenge?

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Lewis Sargent of Portland, Oregon. Think of a six-letter word for a common household activity. Change the second letter to the following letter of the alphabet and you will have the name of a well-known American entertainer. This is the person's full name as he or she is popularly known and I'll give you a hint. This person is still performing today. So again, a six-letter word for a common household activity. Change the second letter to the following letter of the alphabet and you'll get the name of a well-known American entertainer. What is the word and who is this entertainer?

LYDEN: And when you have that answer, remember there is a new way to send in your entry. We no longer accept email entries but you can go to our website at 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 three o'clock eastern time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. We'll call if you are the winner and you'll get to play the puzzle on the air with the puzzle editor of the New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's Will Shortz. And thanks so much, Will.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thanks Jacki.

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