Sunday Puzzle: Clues Come In 2s NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro plays the puzzle with the New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and WABE listener Rick Thompson.
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And it's time to play The Puzzle.


GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining us is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster.

Hi, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning. Happy Mother's Day.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Thank you so much. Will, what was last week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Erik Burg of San Francisco. I said, name a popular movie of 2013. Add an R, and you can rearrange the result to get three different titles for people. What are they? Well, the movie is "A Star Is Born." You can get baron, sir and tsar out of that. Did you see "A Star Is Born"?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. I love it.

SHORTZ: Me too.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received over 300 responses, and our winner this week is Rick Thompson of Norcross, Ga.

Congratulations. Welcome to the program.


GARCIA-NAVARRO: So how'd you figure out this week's challenge. Are you also a fan of "A Star Is Born"?

THOMPSON: Well, I did see it. It was one of the few movies I did see last year. And when I was thinking about what I had seen and "A Star Is Born" came in my head, there was tsar right there in star. So I thought I was on the right track. And then Baron just came right after that. So...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So there you were. You were in. I also heard you're in a band.

THOMPSON: I am. I play in a local, small wind ensemble. I've been playing in bands for over 40 years, so it's just something that I've done my whole life almost.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: What instrument do you play?

THOMPSON: I play clarinet.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: How lovely - well, Rick...


GARCIA-NAVARRO: Are you ready to play The Puzzle?

THOMPSON: Let's go.


SHORTZ: All right, Rick. Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase in six letters. The middle four letters spell a word. I'll give you the middle four letters and a clue to the six-letter phrase. You tell me the phrase. For example, if I said, a food additive and the interior letters spell Eddy - E-D-D-Y - you would say red dye.

THOMPSON: All right.

SHORTZ: Number one is a metal container - Inca - I-N-C-A.

THOMPSON: Tin can.

SHORTZ: Tin can is it. Number two is idle, and the interior is tres - T-R-E-S.


SHORTZ: Yes, meaning idle - stationary; not moving.



THOMPSON: And it means tres - or it means idle.



SHORTZ: Tres is inside. Those are the interior letters.

THOMPSON: At rest.

SHORTZ: At rest is it.


SHORTZ: Recently, flat - F-L-A-T.

THOMPSON: Of late.

SHORTZ: That's it. A Latin phrase meaning for the time being, rote - R-O-T-E.

THOMPSON: Pro tem.

SHORTZ: Pro tem is it, good. Kind of tie, lipo - L-I-P-O.



GARCIA-NAVARRO: Kids wear them.

THOMPSON: A type of tie - clip-on.

SHORTZ: That's it. Last two words of the Pledge of Allegiance, oral - O-R-A-L.

THOMPSON: For all.

SHORTZ: That's it. Resurrect as an old issue, ragu - R-A-G-U.

THOMPSON: Resurrect.

SHORTZ: Yeah, you blank an old issue.

THOMPSON: Drag up.

SHORTZ: Drag up is right. A zodiac symbol, Hera - H-E-R-A.

THOMPSON: The ram.

SHORTZ: Uh huh. Old telephone company, Abel - A-B-E-L.


SHORTZ: Uh huh. That's it. Mars, for example - A-R-G-O.

THOMPSON: War god.

SHORTZ: That's it. Crawl, Oslo - O-S-L-O.

THOMPSON: Go slow.

SHORTZ: Uh huh. Angrily rebuke, Napa - N-A-P-A.

THOMPSON: Snap back.

SHORTZ: That's it, good. Some China, ease - E-A-S-E.

THOMPSON: From China.

SHORTZ: No, some China - S-O-M-E.

THOMPSON: Oh, tea set.

SHORTZ: Tea set is it. And here's your last one. A variety of poker, old - O-L-D-E.

THOMPSON: Fold 'em - hold 'em. Oh, my God.

SHORTZ: Hold 'em.

THOMPSON: (Laughter) I said fold 'em. Yeah.

SHORTZ: That's it. Good job.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Great job. How do you feel?

THOMPSON: Relieved now.


GARCIA-NAVARRO: Well, you did great. And 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 Rick, what member station do you listen to?


GARCIA-NAVARRO: Rick Thompson of Norcross, Ga., thank you for playing The Puzzle.

THOMPSON: Well, thank you very much.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener David Chapas (ph) of Rush, N.Y. Think of a six-letter conveyance on wheels. Drop the first letter. Add a new letter at the end, and the result will be another six-letter conveyance on wheels. What are they? So again, six-letter conveyance on wheels - drop the first letter. Add a new letter at the end, and the result will name another six-letter conveyance on wheels. What conveyances are they?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: When you have the answer, go to our website and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember. Just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, May 16, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And 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: Thanks, Lulu.


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