Your Anagrams Have Arrived Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. This week's winner is Max White from Albany, Ore. He listens to Weekend Edition on member station KOAC in Corvallis, Ore.
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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen. And joining us is Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Hi, Will.

Mr. WILL SHORTZ (Puzzlemaster): Hi, Liane.

HANSEN: You're in Los Angeles today.

Mr. SHORTZ: That's right, doing a little pre-publicity for Word Play, you know, the new movie about me and crossword puzzles.

HANSEN: Oh, gee, I know nothing about that movie at all.

Mr. SHORTZ: Well, you and I are going to see it pretty soon together.

HANSEN: I hope so. Yeah, I know, we've been talking about it for quite a while. We have a very interesting player this week. So I want to first start with the challenge that you left everyone to solve. Will you repeat it, please?

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, I said, name a people of Europe. Remove the second and third letters of this word. The remaining letters, in order, will spell an area of Europe, that's unrelated to the people. What is it?

HANSEN: And the answer.

Mr. SHORTZ: The people are Finlanders, remove the I and N and you get Flanders.

HANSEN: This was a tough one, because we had only over 200 entries from people who tried to solve the puzzle. And our winner randomly selected as always from the correct answers is Max White from Albany, Oregon. Hi, Max.

Mr. MAX WHITE (Caller): Good morning, Liane.

HANSEN: Now, tell us what you do there.

Mr. WHITE: I'm a mathematics teacher at West Albany High School.

HANSEN: Was not one of your students a guest on Puzzle once before?

Mr. WHITE: That's right, Liane. About three months ago one of my students, Dakota Snow, played on the air.

HANSEN: And he is into robotics, if I remember correctly.

Mr. WHITE: Yes, he was at a robotics competition at the time.

HANSEN: Wow, how long have you been playing the puzzle?

Mr. WHITE: I've been playing quite honestly about 11 years. I sent in a lot of correct entries, but this is the first time that I was selected.

HANSEN: Yeah, I also heard you post the puzzle in your classrooms?

Mr. WHITE: I do. Every week I post the puzzle on my white board in my classroom and my students get a big kick out of trying to solve the puzzles as well.

HANSEN: And you always tell them that, no, I didn't get selected this week. I guess you can't do that anymore, right?

Mr. WHITE: No, I have to put on my board, woo-hoo, I was selected.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HANSEN: Well, now, are you ready to play?

Mr. WHITE: I hope so.

HANSEN: Okay, I know you are. Will, meet Max, let's play.

Mr. SHORTZ: All right, Max, every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase that's an anagram of the made-up name I give you. For example, if I said Leo Sims, L-E-O S-I-M-S, you'd say, ole miss. All right, number one is Mary Bart, M-A-R-Y B-A-R-T. Rearrange the letters in each of those words.


Mr. SHORTZ: Name a group - a military group for that - that's an anagram of Mary.

Mr. WHITE: Army brat.

Mr. SHORTZ: Army brat is right. Number two is Greta Dean, G-R-E-T-A D-E-A-N.

Mr. WHITE: Great Dane.

Mr. SHORTZ: Great Dane, that's fast. Pat Carden, P-A-T, and the last name is C-A-R-D-E-N.

Mr. WHITE: Oh, yes, I've got that one, tap dancer.

Mr. SHORTZ: Tap dancer, good job. Noel Garner, N-O-E-L G-A-R-N-E-R.

Mr. WHITE: Lone Ranger.

Mr. SHORTZ: Lone Ranger, that's fast. Edgar Pinto, E-D-G-A-R P-I-N-T-O.

Mr. WHITE: Okay, this is good for a teacher. It's grade point.

Mr. SHORTZ: Grade Point, good. I was just about to give you a hint and you didn't need it. Your next one is Cathy Sabin, C-A-T-H-Y S-A-B-I-N.

Mr. WHITE: I see basin in the second word.

Mr. SHORTZ: Basin is right, yes. What kind of basin?

Mr. WHITE: Yacht basin.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yacht basin that's exactly it. Lois Maples, L-O-I-S M-A-P-L-E-S.

Mr. WHITE: Soil sample.

Mr. SHORTZ: Soil sample, good job. Gail Morsten, G-A-I-L M-O-R-S-T-E-N. The answer...

Mr. WHITE: All right, I got it. I have it. Pronounced gila monster.

Mr. SHORTZ: Gila monster, good. How about, Norma Ruleman, that's N-O-R-M-A R-U-L-E-M-A-N.

Mr. WHITE: Let's see, Roman, Roman, Roman.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, yes. Roman what?

Mr. WHITE: It's not Roman candle, that's for sure.

HANSEN: Roman numeral.

Mr. SHORTZ: Roman numeral.

Mr. WHITE: Roman numeral, geez. Thank you for that.

Mr. SHORTZ: Good job.

Mr. WHITE: Of course, Roman Numeral.

Mr. SHORTZ: Try this one, Cameron Levon, C-A-M-E-R-O-N, and the last name is L-E-V-O-N.

HANSEN: Is the second word novel?

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, it is. What kind of novel?

Mr. WHITE: Romance novel.

Mr. SHORTZ: Romance novel, good.

Mr. WHITE: Thanks, Liane.

HANSEN: Any time, Max.

Mr. SHORTZ: And here's the last one, Martina Caslan, M-A-R-T-I-N-A, and the last name is C-A-S-L-A-N. And the first one, the first word anagrams into an astronomical term related to one of the planets.

Mr. WHITE: Martian...

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes. Martian what? People thought there were these things on Mars, but there really aren't.

HANSEN: Oh, canals.

Mr. SHORTZ: Canals, that's it, Martian canals.

HANSEN: Martian Canals.

Mr. WHITE: Thanks, Liane.

HANSEN: Hey, Max, we make a great team. You're wonderful.

Mr. WHITE: Oh, thank you.

HANSEN: Nice work.

Mr. WHITE: It was fun.

HANSEN: It's wonderful to see a math teacher who's so good with letters. You were great and anagrams are not my strong suit, so I do appreciate your help. 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, a set of Sodoku puzzle books presented by Will Shortz from St. Martin's Press and one of Will Shortz's Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges from Chronicle Books. And you'll also be getting the profound respect of all of your math students in high school now. Tell us your public radio station, Max.

Mr. WHITE: It is KOAC in Corvallis, Oregon.

HANSEN: Max White from Albany, Oregon. Wow, thanks a lot for being our puzzle guest today.

Mr. WHITE: Thank you, Liane. Thank you, Will.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thanks, Max.

HANSEN: Okay. Now, Will, what's the challenge for next week?

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, New Jersey. Think of a phrase of the form, blank and blank. The initials of the two words in the blanks are R and F, F as in Frank. Change the first letter of the second word from an F to a V, as in Victor and the two words will be synonyms. What are they? So again, a familiar phrase in the form, Blank and Blank. The initials of the two words in the blanks are R and F. Change the first letter of the second word from an F to a V and the two words will be synonyms. What are they?

HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our Web site,, and click on the Submit your Answer link on the Sunday Puzzle Page. Only one entry per person, please. And our deadline this week is Thursday, 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. 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. Hey, Will, thanks a lot.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.

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