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Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:57 am
On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name. You name the person.
Last week's challenge: Name a famous entertainer: two words, four letters in each word. You can rearrange these eight letters to spell the acronym of a well-known national organization, and the word that the first letter of this acronym stands for. Who's the entertainer, and what's the organization?
Answer: Lady Gaga and GLAAD.
Winner: Dillard Faries of Dublin, Ohio
Next week's challenge: Write down these six words:
The six words have something unusual in common. And when you've figured out what it is, that unusual something will suggest the name of a well-known U.S. city. Name that city.
If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern.
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Can you feel it? 'Cause it's about to happen. Wait for it - OK, now.
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MARTIN: It's time for the puzzle.
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MARTIN: Joining me now is Will Shortz. He is the puzzle editor of the New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's one and only puzzle-master. Good morning, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel.
MARTIN: OK. What was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. It was one of my favorite word play discoveries of all time. The challenge was to name a famous entertainer - two words, four letters in each word - and I said you can rearrange these eight letters to spell the acronym of a well-known national organization, plus the word that the first letter that this acronym stands for. Who's the entertainer and what's the organization? And the answer is Lady Gaga. You can rearrange those eight letters to spell GLAAD G-L-A-A-D, which stands for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation, and the remaining letters spell gay. And interestingly, Lady Gaga has just been nominated to receive a GLAAD media award this year.
MARTIN: Wow. How apropos. So, we got about 200 correct answers. And our randomly selected winner is Dillard Faries of Dublin, Ohio. He joins us on the line. Hey, Dillard. Congratulations.
DILLARD FARIES: Thank you.
MARTIN: So, how'd you figure this one out?
FARIES: Well, I generated a list of entertainers from online, got 15 or 16 that had double letters and looked them over and found gay in Lady Gaga and worked on what the rest of it produced, which had an L in it. So, I thought of gay, lesbian, and it wasn't too hard to get there from that.
MARTIN: Good job. Do you listen to a lot of Lady Gaga in your life?
MARTIN: Maybe you should check it out. She's your good luck charm. So, and what do you do for a living, Dillard?
FARIES: I am a retired physics professor.
MARTIN: Oh great. So, science, puzzles - there's a connection there. You play a lot of puzzles in your life?
FARIES: Oh, I have worked on crosswords and sudokus and cryptoquotes.
MARTIN: Cryptoquotes - that sounds very complicated. OK. So, without further ado, Dillard, are you ready to play this week's puzzle?
FARIES: Let's try it.
MARTIN: Let's try it. OK, Will. What do you have for us?
SHORTZ: All right, Dillard and Rachel. Every answer today is the name of a famous person who has four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. And for each person, I'll give you their initials and an anagram of their full name. You name the person. For example, if I gave you the initials A and R with the anagram nine acre, you would rearrange those letters to spell Anne Rice, as in the novelist.
MARTIN: Ooh. You got it, Dillard?
FARIES: It sounds tough.
MARTIN: OK. It'll be a team effort. Let's give it a go.
FARIES: OK, great.
SHORTZ: There you go. Number one: your initials: T and G - that first one is Thomas - T and G, and your anagram is rare grit.
SHORTZ: And this is a famous actress.
MARTIN: How famous?
SHORTZ: How famous? Famous, I think. I know her from TV but I think she does lots of stuff.
FARIES: Teri Garr.
SHORTZ: Teri Garr. Good job. Initials E and I and the anagram is deli rice D-E-L-I R-I-C-E. And I'll give you a huge hint on this: Monty Python.
FARIES: Oh, no. I need my children to help me with that.
SHORTZ: Oh, I stumped you both. OK. I'm just going to tell you: it's Eric Idle.
MARTIN: Sorry, sorry, Monty Python fans.
SHORTZ: OK. Here's your next one: K and R, and your clue is ark lover A-R-K L-O-V-E-R.
FARIES: Karl Rove.
SHORTZ: Karl Rove. Got that one fast. K and M, as in Mary, and your clue is most sake M-O-S-T S-A-K-E.
FARIES: How about a Kate.
SHORTZ: Kate, yes.
SHORTZ: There you go. Kate Moss, good. How about P and R, and your clue is poet seer P-O-E-T S-E-E-R.
FARIES: We got a Pete anyway.
SHORTZ: There you go. Pete, yes. Famous athlete.
FARIES: Pete Rose.
SHORTZ: Pete Rose. There you go.
FARIES: Hey, he's almost exactly my age.
SHORTZ: There you go. All right. Your next to last one is a fictional character with the initial Y, B, as in boy, and your clue is air bogey A-I-R B-O-G-E-Y.
FARIES: How about Yogi?
FARIES: Yogi Bear.
SHORTZ: Yogi Bear. Yogi Bear is it.
And your last one, it's a popular name by which this person is known. The initials are ML and your anagram is On Salami. She was Italian.
FARIES: Mona Lisa, yes. Good job.
MARTIN: We needed hints today.
FARIES: Lots of hints.
MARTIN: But it's OK.
MARTIN: You did a good job, Dillard.
MARTIN: You're welcome.
MARTIN: For playing the puzzle today, you get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin and puzzle books and games. You can go to our website,npr.org/puzzle and read all about your prizes. But before we let you go, what is your public radio station, Dillard?
FARIES: WOSU in Columbus, Ohio.
MARTIN: Great. Dillard Faries, of Dublin, Ohio, thanks so much for playing the puzzle, Dillard.
FARIES: Thank you.
MARTIN: OK, Will. What's up for next week?
SHORTZ: Yes, write down these six words: cupid, yoo-hoo, eyeball, entrance, seafood and wiper. The six words have something unusual in common. And when you've figured out what it is, that unusual something will suggest the name of a well-known U.S. city. What is it?
MARTIN: OK, when you've got the answer, go to our website, npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link - just one entry per person, please. And our deadline for entries is Thursday, February 27th at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
Don't forget to include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. Because if you're the winner well 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 puzzle-master, Mr. Will Shortz.
Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Rachel.
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