LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
It's time to play The Puzzle.
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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: Hey, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So what was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Dorothy Baker of Dallas. I said, think of a word that has five vowels - two E's, an I, an O and a U. And I said that every vowel except the I is pronounced like a short I. And the I in the word is not pronounced at all. What word is it? Well, the answer is businesswomen. Some people wrote that the E of business is a short E or a schwa. But I pronounce it like a short I, and I think a lot of people do. Most people do. Anyway, it's an amazing word.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received 251 correct responses. And the winner this week is Brian Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., my home state.
Congratulations, and welcome to the program.
BRIAN JONES: Thank you. It's a pleasure. This is off my bucket list now.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Was this on your bucket list?
JONES: It was, seriously, because I've been playing for - in my head - for the past few years as I travel to church. I said, well, I'm going to try and solve it once I get a chance to sit down and think about it. And I did it this time. And I said, well, nobody's going to call me.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: How did you solve it this week?
JONES: I only knew of a few words that had a U sound that sounded like a short I. So I thought about it. And I said, yeah, business works. And then since the I isn't pronounced at all, that took care of the I. And then I thought about, well, maybe I need to do something afterwards. And then I thought of woman. And then woman became women. And I was like, yeah, all of those have short I's. So that's how I thought. It took about a half hour.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Are you ready to play The Puzzle?
JONES: I am.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right. Brian, I'm going to give you some five-letter words. For each one, add two letters at the end to complete a common, uncapitalized seven-letter word that is unrelated in meaning to the first one. For example, if I said troll, T-R-O-L-L, you would add EY to make trolley.
SHORTZ: Here's number one - belie, B-E-L-I-E.
SHORTZ: Believe is it. Good. Number two is sever, S-E-V-E-R.
JONES: Sever. Oh, I was thinking severe, but that's only six. S-E-V-E-R?
SHORTZ: Right. And think of a word that means more than one.
SHORTZ: Several is it. Trick, T-R-I-C-K.
SHORTZ: Nice. Hatch, H-A-T-C-H.
JONES: Hatch, hatch, hatch. Oh, goodness. Let's see. I wanted to say hatchling, but that's too long. Hatched - E-D.
SHORTZ: Yeah, it can't relate in meaning, though. So that's just the past tense. Think of a tool.
SHORTZ: Hatchet is it. Prude, P-R-U-D-E.
JONES: Prude - prudent.
SHORTZ: That's nice. Scour, S-C-O-U-R.
JONES: Scour - scourge.
SHORTZ: That's it. Opera, O-P-E-R-A.
JONES: Opera - operate.
SHORTZ: That's it. Scalp, S-C-A-L-P.
JONES: Scalp - scalpel.
SHORTZ: That's it. Masse, M-A-S-S-E - it's like a billiard shot.
JONES: Yeah. I'm trying to think of two words that would go with that. Masse, masse - oh, goodness. Massage? No, it's not massage.
SHORTZ: You're close. Yeah. What's the person who gives that?
SHORTZ: Yeah. But that's a female. What's the male called?
JONES: Masseur, I guess.
SHORTZ: Masseur. Good job. Shmoo, S-H-M-O-O.
JONES: S-H-M-O-O - would that be shmooze?
SHORTZ: Shmooze is it. Good. Again, A-G-A-I-N.
SHORTZ: Nice. And here's your last one - colon, C-O-L-O-N.
JONES: Oh, OK. C-O-L-O-N - no, that - colonic wouldn't work because that's basically the same.
SHORTZ: That's right. Good. Here's your hint. The L is pronounced like an R.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It has to do with both the military and chicken.
SHORTZ: Good going.
JONES: Thank you for the chicken reference.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did a great job.
JONES: 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 npr.org/puzzle. And Brian, which member station do you listen to?
JONES: I listen to WJCT in Jacksonville, where my wife is a sustaining member.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's good to know. Brian Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., thank you so much for playing The Puzzle.
JONES: It's been a pleasure. Thank you, guys.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. Next week's challenge - what is it?
SHORTZ: Yeah. There are two answers to this one, and you have to get them both. Name two tasty things to eat, each in eight letters, in which the only consonants are L and P. That's L as in Lulu and P as in puzzle. So again, name two tasty things to eat, each in eight letters, in which the only consonants are L and P.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: When you have the answer, go to our website npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember, just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, October 10, 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 very own puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Lulu.
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