Looking for NET Results Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. This week's participant is Laura Leis of Providence, R.I.
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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Andrea Seabrook sitting in for Liane Hansen. And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hi, Will.

Mr. WILL SHORTZ (Puzzle Master): Hi, Andrea. Welcome back to the show.

SEABROOK: Thank you very much. Glad to be here. Big shoes to fill.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yeah.

SEABROOK: I know that you and Liane have a special bond, but I will try, I will try in the coming weeks. A couple weeks ago, we did this little shindig here, and I made a lot of listeners very angry with how I did the puzzle, so I'm going to try really hard to get it right, okay? Please don't hurt me.

Mr. SHORTZ: I think you did great.

SEABROOK: Thank you, thank you. So remind us of the challenge you left us with last week.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes. I said take the word lather, L-A-T-H-E-R. Rearrange these letters and repeat them as often as necessary to name a famous literary work in 16 letters. And I said as a hint, the title of this literary work has three words, one of which is hyphenated. What literary work is it?


Mr. SHORTZ: It is The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.

SEABROOK: I see. We had over 1300 entries from people who tried to solve the puzzle, and our randomly selected winner is Laura Leis from Providence, Rhode Island. Hi, Laura.

Ms. LAURA LEIS (Puzzle Winner): Hi. Hi, Will.

SEABROOK: How'd you get the answer?

Ms. LEIS: Well, I actually have a white board next to my radio, and I just put the word lather up there and just kind of worked around with the letters when I was getting ready in the morning. And I'm an English major, so it came pretty quickly, I guess.

SEABROOK: An English major where?

Ms. LEIS: I study at Brown, in Providence.

SEABROOK: I see. So now we have to have people actually trained to answer your challenges, Will. That's how hard they're getting.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SHORTZ: That's a nice technique there.

SEABROOK: How long have you been playing the puzzle, Laura?

Ms. LEIS: I listened on and off for a few years now, but this was my first time entering, so I was pretty excited.

SEABROOK: First time entering? There are people out there who have been entering for like 2500 years and have never gotten called on.

Ms. LEIS: I know. I hope I make the most of it then.

SEABROOK: You ready to play?

Ms. LEIS: Yeah, I think so.

SEABROOK: Will, meet Laura.

Mr. SHORTZ: All right, Laura and Andrea. Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase with the consecutive letters net inside, N-E-T. And specifically, the first will end in the letters N-E, and the second word will start with T.

For example, if I gave you the clue, what the Geneva convention guarantees prisoners, who would say humane treatment. Here's number one. Kind of comb you might conduct a search with.

Ms. LEIS: Fine tooth?

Mr. SHORTZ: Fine tooth, excellent. Number two is repeatedly leaving messages on each other's answering machines.

Ms. LEIS: Phone tag.

Mr. SHORTZ: Phone tag is right. Something you might buy from Delta or Continental.

Ms. LEIS: Plane ticket?

Mr. SHORTZ: Plane ticket is right. What the 10 commandments were written on.

Ms. LEIS: Stone tablet.

Mr. SHORTZ: That's right. It's between an incisor and a pre-molar.

Ms. LEIS: Canine tooth.

Mr. SHORTZ: Canine tooth, excellent. A person with a crystal ball.

Ms. LEIS: Fortune teller.

Mr. SHORTZ: That's right. An item with a flame for welding.

Ms. LEIS: Blow something torch.

Mr. SHORTZ: Torch is right.

SEABROOK: I know this one.

Ms. LEIS: Propane torch.

Mr. SHORTZ: Propane torch?

Ms. LEIS: Oh butane, butane.

Mr. SHORTZ: Well, probably they all work.

SEABROOK: One of the octanes there, one of the 'tanes.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SHORTZ: What's your answer, Andrea?

SEABROOK: Acetylene?

Mr. SHORTZ: Acetylene was my answer. Okay, try this. An extra amount you pay at the pump.

Ms. LEIS: Something tax.

Mr. SHORTZ: Right. What kind? What are you buying at the pump?

Ms. LEIS: Gasoline tax.

Mr. SHORTZ: Gasoline tax is right. Absolutely exhausted.

Ms. LEIS: Something tired.

Mr. SHORTZ: Yes. The innermost part of your body, part of the skeleton.

Ms. LEIS: Bone tired?

Mr. SHORTZ: Bone tired, right.


(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SHORTZ: How about this. Product advertised with the slogan, where the rubber meets the road.

Ms. LEIS: Something tires.

Mr. SHORTZ: Right. Which brand?

Ms. LEIS: That would be Firestone?

Mr. SHORTZ: Firestone Tires is right. What a light that goes off on your dashboard might signal.

Ms. LEIS: Engine trouble.

Mr. SHORTZ: Uh-huh. Sacagawea.

SEABROOK: What's that?

Mr. SHORTZ: She says she gets that a lot, the light...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SHORTZ: Sacagawea belonged to this.

Ms. LEIS: The Cheyenne tribe?

Mr. SHORTZ: No, but tribe is right.

SEABROOK: Different tribe, but ends in N-E.

Ms. LEIS: Is it Shokane(ph), is that a word?

Mr. SHORTZ: That's close.

SEABROOK: Shoshone?

Ms. LEIS: Shoshone.

Mr. SHORTZ: Shoshone Tribe is the answer. A simpler way of saying 18 20ths.

SEABROOK: Get it down to its lowest common denomination.

Mr. SHORTZ: That's right.

SEABROOK: Oh, lowest common denominator, so that would be nine-tenths.

Mr. SHORTZ: Nine-tenths is right.


Ms. LEIS: The English brain is working here.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. SHORTZ: And here's your last one. What you might make to a bride and groom at a wedding reception.

Ms. LEIS: A toast.

Mr. SHORTZ: And what kind? What drink are you sharing?

Ms. LEIS: Champagne toast.

Mr. SHORTZ: A champagne toast is correct. Nice job.

SEABROOK: Nice job, Laura. That was fantastic.

Ms. LEIS: Thanks for your help, Andrea.

SEABROOK: For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin; the 11th Edition of a Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers; the Puzzle Master Presents from Random House, Volume 2; a set of Sudoku puzzle books presented by Senor Will Shortz from St. Martin's Press; and one of Will Shortz's Puzzle Master decks of riddles and challenges from Chronicle Books. Laura, what's your member station?

Ms. LEIS: WRNI in Providence.

SEABROOK: Laura Leis from Providence, Rhode Island. Thanks for playing the puzzle with us.

Ms. LEIS: Thank you.

SEABROOK: Yay. Now Will, what's the challenge for next week?

Mr. SHORTZ: Well, this comes from listener Doug Heller of Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Name a famous person in American politics, five letters in the first name, six letters in the last. You can rearrange this to spell the names of two countries, one of them five letters and the other six. The five-letter one is the current name of a country, the six letter one is an old name for a country, but both are well known.

So again, a famous person in American politics - five, six. Rearrange this to spell two countries, one of them five, the other six. The five is the current name of a country, the six-letter is the old name for a country. Who is this politician and what are the countries?

SEABROOK: When you have the answer, go to our Web site, npr.org, and click on the Submit Your Answer link to the Sunday Puzzle page. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline this week is Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. We'll call if you're the winner, and you'll get to play Puzzle on the Air with the puzzle editor of New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle master, Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.

Mr. SHORTZ: Thanks, Andrea.

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