LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And it's time to play The Puzzle.
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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining us is Will Shortz. He is puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's very own puzzlemaster.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: What was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. It came from listener Scott Weiss of Walkersville, Md. I said, think of a familiar three-word name of something. The first word in 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? And the name is Three Mile Island - starts with three. The last three letters of mile are I-L-E, and that's French for island, which is the third word.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received just over 200 correct responses, so a tough one this week. And the winner is Anita Charles from Auburn, Maine.
ANITA CHARLES: Thank you. Thank you so much.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: How did you figure out this week's answer?
CHARLES: Well, it was quite serendipitous. I was traveling a bit of a distance and was in my car listening to the program, and I heard The Puzzle. So I started to just brainstorm some phrases - three-legged race, four-sided figure. And in that moment, literally within a couple of minutes, I looked up, and my GPS - to find out when my next turn would be - and my GPS said 3 MI. And I read it as three mile. And I instantly - my brain said Three Mile Island. So I guess you could say that my GPS gave me the answer.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I like that story. How long have you been playing The Puzzle?
CHARLES: I listen off and on. I have for years, but I have never submitted a response before.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, I like it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is great. I'm glad that this is your first time. All right. Are you ready to play?
CHARLES: I am ready.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) OK. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Anita. The theme of today's puzzle is lost IDs. I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word has the consecutive letters I-D somewhere in it. Drop the idea and what's left will spell a new word that answers the second clue. For example, if I said opposite of narrowest and direction for sunsets, you would say widest and west.
SHORTZ: Here's number one - end of the workweek and a disorderly fight. End of the workweek has ID somewhere in it.
CHARLES: OK. Friday and fray.
SHORTZ: You got it. And I know that's not true for you, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) It's not.
SHORTZ: Friday's mid-week for you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is.
SHORTZ: But for most people...
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is.
SHORTZ: For most people. Here's your next one - a box for cigars and jokes and such.
CHARLES: Jokes and such.
SHORTZ: That's in five letters - comedy, whatever makes you laugh.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And the box for cigars - you keep them moist.
CHARLES: Yeah. Humidor - is that it?
SHORTZ: That's it. That's it.
CHARLES: And humor.
SHORTZ: Humidor and humor - good. Partition and one jumping in a pool.
CHARLES: Oh, divider and diver.
SHORTZ: Diver is good. Mints that are said to be curiously strong and voices below sopranos.
CHARLES: Altoids and alto.
SHORTZ: That's it. Here's your next one - mishap on the highway and stress.
CHARLES: Accident and accent.
SHORTZ: That's it. A chief executive and a gift.
CHARLES: President and present.
SHORTZ: Nice. The capital of Rhode Island and southeastern France.
CHARLES: OK. Let's see. France - capital of Rhode Island is Providence and Provence.
SHORTZ: Provence - good. And here's your last one - to frighten or overawe. And the second clue is very close, as a friend. And let's say you don't want someone to do something. You frighten them. You overawe them. You blank them - starts with an I.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: People say I can be like this sometimes.
CHARLES: Intimidate. OK. So intimate.
SHORTZ: Intimate - good job.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good job. You did great. How do you feel?
CHARLES: I feel great. Thank you very much. That was fun.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did a really, really good job. 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 npr.org/puzzle. And Anita, which member station do you listen to?
CHARLES: I listen to WMEA out of Portland, Maine.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Anita Charles of Auburn, Maine, thank you so much for playing The Puzzle and enjoy your summer.
CHARLES: Thank you very much. You, too.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. It comes from listener Chad Graham of St. Louis. Name a well-known restaurant chain. Rearrange its letters to name a large area in the United States. And this area has a two-word name. What is it? So again, a well-known restaurant chain. It's seen all across the country. Rearrange its letters to name a large area in the United States with a two-word name. What area is it?
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 11, 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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