LIANE HANSEN, host:
From NPR News, this is Weekend Edition. I'm Liane Hansen. And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hi, Will.
WILL SHORTZ: Hi, Liane.
HANSEN: A happy belated birthday. So what, you're now a year older? Are you deeper in debt?
SHORTZ: Yeah. I'll tell you, a very cool thing happened to me on my birthday on Tuesday night. I was on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, and Stephen Colbert pretended to be incensed that the Democratic convention was not commemorating my birthday.
SHORTZ: It was real cute.
HANSEN: Did you play a puzzle with him?
SHORTZ: No. It was a very brief appearance. I just had one line.
HANSEN: Oh, well, he didn't get to be put in the same seat that Jon Stewart was put in when you were on his program where you played a puzzle with him.
SHORTZ: That's right. That's right.
HANSEN: All right. Well, you play with us every week. So remind everyone of the challenge that you gave to our listeners last week to qualify to be a player this week.
SHORTZ: Yes, I said name a person, as in a title or position, that contains the consecutive letters C-H. Move the C-H to the front, and move the first letter to where the C-H was. The result will name another person whom the first person tries to catch. What words are these?
HANSEN: And your answer.
SHORTZ: The answer is a teacher tries to catch a cheater.
HANSEN: Doesn't appear that any of our listeners cheated on this puzzle. I don't really know how you could. But out of our about 2,000 correct entries, we chose randomly a winner. She's Fay Taylor(ph), and she joins us from Oregon City, Oregon. Hey, Fay.
Ms. FAY TAYLOR (Competition Winner): Good morning, Liane.
HANSEN: How long have you been playing the puzzle?
Ms. TAYLOR: I can't remember exactly. It's been years and years.
HANSEN: Wow! So what are you doing when you play the puzzle when you're listening?
Ms. TAYLOR: I sit down with my pencil and paper, and try to shout out the correct answer at the radio before the participant gets the answer.
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HANSEN: So now the roles have been reversed. But you sound like you're ready to play. Are you?
Ms. TAYLOR: I think I am. I'm really nervous, but your voice is very calming. So I'm going to go with it.
HANSEN: All right. Well, I think we can work together as a team here with Will. I think that'll work out well.
Ms. TAYLOR: I'm counting on you.
HANSEN: All right. Well, Fay, meet Will. Let's play.
SHORTZ: Hi, Fay. I'm going to give you clues for two words. Each word has two syllables. The first vowel sound in the first word is a long E. Change this to a short E, and phonetically you'll get a new word that answers the second clue. For example, if I said slang term for an eye and partner for salt, you would say peeper and pepper. Are you ready? Number one is the top of a room. And your second clue is opposite of buying.
Ms. TAYLOR: Ceiling and selling.
SHORTZ: Good job. Number two is a prominent polling organization. And your second clue is a wrestling hold.
Ms. TAYLOR: Nielsen and Nelson.
SHORTZ: Good job. Term of endearment and like gym clothes after exercise. And think of those gym clothes full of perspiration.
Ms. TAYLOR: Oh, sweetie and sweaty.
SHORTZ: Good one! A unit of petrol and a postal delivery.
Ms. TAYLOR: Liter and letter.
SHORTZ: Aha! A lab container and former tennis champ Boris.
Ms. TAYLOR: Beaker and Becker.
SHORTZ: That's it. Good one. Ignoring the consequences and like the horseman in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Ms. TAYLOR: Heedless and headless.
SHORTZ: Aha! Lighthouse light and a call to come closer. And I should say, actually, that's a verb. Call to come closer. That first clue is a lighthouse light.
Ms. TAYLOR: Yeah...
HANSEN: Would the first one be beacon?
SHORTZ: That's it.
Ms. TAYLOR: Oh, beacon and beckon.
SHORTZ: That's good. Good one. And your last one. A butcher's knife and ingenious.
Ms. TAYLOR: Cleaver and clever.
SHORTZ: Just like you. Nice job.
HANSEN: Absolutely clever, Fay.
Ms. TAYLOR: Oh, thank you, Liane. And thank you, Will.
HANSEN: Nice work.
Ms. TAYLOR: It was fun.
HANSEN: Well, hang on because, you know, we have some things for you. Well, since we had one of Barack Obama's biggest fans read the puzzle prizes last week, in the interest of fairness and balance, we've decided to bring in a McCain supporter this week. Cyrus Khron helped create the online strategy for the Republican National Convention that starts tomorrow. And here he is with your puzzle prizes.
Mr. CYRUS KROHN (E-Campaign Director, Republican National Convention): For playing our puzzle today, you'll get a Weekend Edition lapel pin, the Eleventh Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, the Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers, "The Puzzlemaster Presents" from Random House, Volume Two, Will Shortz's "Little Black Book of Sudoku," and "Black and White Book of Crosswords" from St. Martin's Press, and one of Will Shortz's Puzzlemaster Decks of Riddles and Challenges from Chronicle Books. Support a cause greater than yourself and help John McCain on to victory.
HANSEN: A little unsolicited political advice there. But, Fay, don't worry, you don't have to tell us who you're voting for. But do tell us what member station you listen to.
Ms. TAYLOR: I listen to KOPB in Portland, 91.5 on my FM dial.
HANSEN: Good for you. Fay Taylor of Oregon City, Oregon, thanks so much for playing with us today. You were fabulous.
Ms. TAYLOR: Well, thank you. I appreciate it, and I'm going to remember it forever.
HANSEN: All right. Well, Will, we have the chance for another listener to get a forever memory. What's the challenge for next week?
SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Ken Marx of Mount Vernon, New York. Think of a nine-letter word with no repeated letters. The letters in the odd positions - that is the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth positions - are vowels. And all five vowels - A, E, I, O, and U - appear once each in some order. What word is this? So again, a nine-letter word with no repeated letters, the letters in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth positions are vowels, and all five vowels appear once each in some order. What word is this?
HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our Web site, npr.org/puzzle, and click on the "Submit Your Answer" link. Only one entry per person, please. Our deadline this week is Thursday 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time because we will call you if you're the winner, and you'll get to play puzzle on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and Weekend Edition's puzzle master, Will Shortz. Will, as always, thanks a lot.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.
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