LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And 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.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hey there, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So what was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. It came from listener Patrick Berry of Jasper, Ala. I said, think of a well-known European city in seven letters. If you remove the third letter, you'll get a two-word phrase describing what you must do to win a race. And if, instead, you remove the fourth letter, you'll get a two-word phrase describing what you can't do to win a race. What's the city? Well, the city is Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. And remove the L - you get be fast. That's how you win a race. Remove the F and be last - can't win a race that way.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received almost 800 correct responses, and the winner today is Rob Olmstead from Ruskin, Fla.
ROB OLMSTEAD: Hey. Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You are a repeat winner, and I know that's going to be very controversial. It can either make people hopeful or upset. But how'd you figure out this week's puzzle?
OLMSTEAD: I think it was supposed to be a European capital, so I just started going around the different capitals of Europe. And I sort of went - I was thinking I'd go clockwise, but I pretty quickly got to Belfast. There it was - be last, be fast.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So are you ready to play?
OLMSTEAD: As ready as I'll ever be.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Rob. I'm going to give you some words.
OLMSTEAD: All right.
SHORTZ: Anagram each one to make a new word. And as a help, the first three letters of my word will be the first three letters of your answer. For example, if I said sublet - S-U-B-L-E-T - you would say subtle, both starting S-U-B.
OLMSTEAD: All right.
SHORTZ: Here's number one. Platen - P-L-A-T-E-N.
SHORTZ: That's it. Thereat - T-H-E-R-E-A-T.
OLMSTEAD: See - threat. No, that's not it.
SHORTZ: Not quite - that lacks an E.
OLMSTEAD: T-H - thereat - theater.
SHORTZ: Theater's it. Good. Declaim - D-E-C-L-A-I-M.
OLMSTEAD: Let's see. D - decimal.
SHORTZ: That's it. Parleys - P-A-R-L-E-Y-S.
SHORTZ: That's it. Magnate - M-A-G-N-A-T-E. And your hint is it's a color.
SHORTZ: That's it. Trained - T-R-A-I-N-E-D. And I'll give you a hint and say hyphenated word.
SHORTZ: And it's something that might be involved if you buy a new car.
SHORTZ: A trade-in. Martial - M-A-R-T-I-A-L.
SHORTZ: Good. Chorale - C-H-O-R-A-L-E.
OLMSTEAD: C - cholera.
SHORTZ: Good. Senescent - S-E-N-E-S-C-E-N-T.
OLMSTEAD: I'm sorry. What is it again?
SHORTZ: Senescent - S-E-N-E-S-C-E-N-T.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: These are hard. What does senescent even mean?
SHORTZ: Senescent - that means relating to going old.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh. I always learn things.
SHORTZ: I'll give you a hint, Rob. It's a plural.
SHORTZ: Sentences is it.
SHORTZ: And here's your last one. Pedantries - P-E-D-A-N-T-R-I-E-S. And it's what you are if you walk around downtown.
SHORTZ: There you go. Good job.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good job. That was a tough one. How do you feel?
OLMSTEAD: Those were good hints. OK.
OLMSTEAD: I was using that method where you put one letter at the top and couple letters on the second...
SHORTZ: Oh, yeah. Yeah.
OLMSTEAD: ...And three on the next line. And yeah, that was - that helped a little bit but not in similar.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It's fun to be challenged. And for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin - your second - as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And Rob, which member station do you listen to?
OLMSTEAD: It's 89.7 WUSF out of Tampa.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Rob Olmstead of Ruskin, Fla., thank you so much for playing The Puzzle.
OLMSTEAD: Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. It comes from listener Scott Weiss of Walkersville, Md. Think of a familiar three-word name of something. The first word of that name is a number. Let's call that number X. The last X letters of the second word of the name are a French translation of the third word. What's the name? So again, familiar three-word name of something. The first word is a number. Let's call that number X. The last X letters of the second word of the name are a French translation of the third word. What's the name?
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, June 4, 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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