LIANE HANSEN, host:
From NPR News this is Weekend Edition. I'm Liane Hansen. And joining us is puzzle master Will Shortz. Hey, Will.
WILL SHORTZ: Hey, Liane.
HANSEN: Anything new?
SHORTZ: Well, there's one cool thing coming up. That's the second National Sudoku Championship which is going to be in Philadelphia on October 25, and I'm directing it. There's prizes and lots of skill and age categories. And we have -the special guest is Maki Kaji who is actually the person who gave Sudoku its name.
HANSEN: How very exciting. But we're not going to do numbers today. We usually play with words, right?
HANSEN: So, you're going to remind us right now of that challenge that everyone had to try and solve in order to qualify to play on the air.
SHORTZ: Yes, I said name a familiar animal, in two words, in which the last three letters of the first word are the first three letters of the next. And as some hints, I said it's a furry, four-footed animal that can grow up to six feet in length. The first word has five letters and the second word has eight. And I said it's an entry in many dictionaries. What animal is this?
HANSEN: And your answer?
SHORTZ: Answer is the giant anteater.
HANSEN: You know, a lot of people are indeed familiar with that animal. We received about 2,000 correct entries. And from those entries, we randomly selected Maury Wolfe of Hyde Park, Massachusetts to play. Hi, Maury.
Mr. MAURY WOLFE (Competition Winner): How are you?
HANSEN: I'm well. How long have you been playing the puzzle?
Mr. WOLFE: I sent in a couple of postcards a while back, so however long that has been.
HANSEN: That's about 10 years.
Mr. WOLFE: Yeah.
HANSEN: Yeah. How long did it take you to come up with this answer?
Mr. WOLFE: Almost immediately, because I got the first word had to be an adjective, I figured. And the first thing that hit me was giant antelope, but that's not furry.
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Mr. WOLFE: So, giant anteater came immediately thereafter.
HANSEN: What do you do in Boston?
Mr. WOLFE: I'm an architect. I have a firm in downtown Boston, a small one.
HANSEN: All right. So, you're ready to construct a few answers for us?
Mr. WOLFE: I hope so.
HANSEN: All right, Will meet Maury. Let's play.
SHORTZ: All right, Maury. Today's puzzle is called Touchdown. I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word starts with the sound T, change this to a D, and phonetically you'll get a new word that's answers the second clue. For example, if I said, to work hard and author Arthur Conan blank. You would say toil and Doyle.
Mr. WOLFE: OK.
SHORTZ: All right. Number one is ink for a photocopier...
Mr. WOLFE: Toner...
SHORTZ: And a philanthropist.
Mr. WOLFE: Toner, doner.
SHORTZ: That's good. Didn't even need the second clue!
HANSEN: This isn't like Jeopardy where you have to wait for the end of the clue to push your buzzer.
Mr. WOLFE: Should I wait? I'll be happy to wait.
SHORTZ: No, no, jump right in. Your second one is a heavyweight and a poet who wrote "Death Be Not Proud."
Mr. WOLFE: Ton and Donne.
SHORTZ: That's right. Traveling group of actors and to sag.
Mr. WOLFE: It's troop and to droop.
SHORTZ: Tooth buildup and a tiny fish.
Mr. WOLFE: Tooth buildup. It's not an animal.
Mr. WOLFE: A tiny fish.
SHORTZ: What does a dentist try to remove from your teeth?
Mr. WOLFE: Tartar. Tartar and darter.
SHORTZ: That's it. A force that's applied to a wheel, and a nerd.
Mr. WOLFE: Tork and a dork.
SHORTZ: Aha. Easily offended, and area overseen by a nobleman.
Mr. WOLFE: Touchy and duchy.
SHORTZ: Aha. What you might watch the BBC on, and a supermarket section?
Mr. WOLFE: Telly and deli.
HANSEN: This is speed puzzle. It's like speed chess. You know, when you hit the clock.
SHORTZ: He's doing it. Popular food fish and woe for farmers.
Mr. WOLFE: Trout and drought.
SHORTZ: Aha. Difficult and rear end.
Mr. WOLFE: Tough and duff.
SHORTZ: Aha. Pants and people who've nodded off.
Mr. WOLFE: Trousers and drowsers.
SHORTZ: That's it. And here's your last one. A certain poison, and your second clue is realm.
Mr. WOLFE: Poison with a T and realm. As in...
SHORTZ: Starts with a T sound. Certain poison, and your second clue is realm, R-E-A-L-M.
Mr. WOLFE: Oh, realm. Tomain(ph) and domain.
HANSEN: There you go.
SHORTZ: Tomain and domain. Good job.
HANSEN: Oh, my gosh. Maury, that flew by.
Mr. WOLFE: Well, it was...
HANSEN: You're good.
Mr. WOLFE: Oh, I really appreciate it.
HANSEN: Well, we have a special surprise for you. Coming up after our segment. I have a conversation with Daniel Radcliffe, who is known for his role in the Harry Potter movies, and Richard Griffiths, who you may remember from playing Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films. Well, both of them are in New York now rehearsing for the play "Equus" which opens this Thursday. And they took time out of their busy schedules to read your puzzle prizes.
Mr. DANIEL RADCLIFFE (British Actor): 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. Do you want to do from "The Puzzlemaster Presents"?
Mr. RICHARD GRIFFITHS (British Actor): All right. Now this is all - this is where it all gets - the tone goes down a bit there, darling. "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.
HANSEN: I've got goose bumps. I don't know about you, Maury. What do you think?
Mr. WOLFE: Very plumy, very plumy. Terrific.
HANSEN: And the conversation was wonderful, and that's coming up. But before we let you go, tell us what member station you listen to, Maury.
Mr. WOLFE: WBUR.
HANSEN: WBUR in Boston. Maury Wolfe of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, the speed puzzle champion of Weekend Edition Sunday, thanks a lot for playing with us. You were great.
Mr. WOLFE: Thank you for your courtesy.
HANSEN: OK, Will. See if you can imitate Richard Griffiths reading the challenge for next week. No, you don't have to. But what is that challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. Well, it comes from listener Eric Berlin of Milford, Connecticut. Take a common two-word phrase with four letters in each word. Each word has a single O as its vowel. If you add an R somewhere in the second word, the two words become opposites. What is the phrase? So, again, a common two-word phrase. Four letters in each word. There's a single O in each word as its vowel. Add an R somewhere in the second word and the second word becomes an opposite of the first. What phrase is this?
HANSEN: When you have the answer, go to our Web site, npr.org/puzzle. 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, and we'll 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. Hey, Will, thanks a lot.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Liane.
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