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What's In A Name?

Nov 4, 2012
Originally published on November 10, 2012 6:12 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer today consists of the names of two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last person. Given the nonanagram parts of the names, you identify the people.

Example: Madeleine ________ Aaron.

Answer: Madeleine KAHN and HANK Aaron

Last week's challenge: Think of a word associated with Halloween. Add a letter in the second position to create a new word that does not rhyme with the first. Then add another letter in the third position of the word you just created to complete another word that does not rhyme with either of the first two. What words are these?

Answer: Treat. Add an H at the second position to get "threat," then add an E in the third position to get "thereat."

Winner: Barbara Lawrence of Lake Wales, Fla.

Next week's challenge from longtime listener Merl Reagle: The words "organic" and "natural" are both commonly seen at health food stores. What other seven-letter word, also commonly seen at health food stores, has five letters in common with organic and five letters in common with natural?

Submit Your Answer

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. ET.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And we have marked the end of Daylight Saving Time, so you probably got an extra hour of sleep, which means you are well rested and ready to play the puzzle.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MARTIN: Joining me is WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master Will Shortz. Good morning, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Morning, Rachel.

MARTIN: So, Will, you live in upstate New York. How did the storm affect you, the big storm last week?

SHORTZ: Wasn't so bad. Had some trees fall down on my property but I made out much better than people in New York City and New Jersey. What about you?

MARTIN: Yeah. We were very lucky. The storm didn't hit nearly as badly as many had thought. And obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the people along the coast who bore the brunt of the storm.

SHORTZ: That's right.

MARTIN: So, we're going to switch gears. Remind us of last week's challenge, Will.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Jeffrey Harris of Norwalk, Connecticut. I said think of a word associated with Halloween. Add a letter in the second position to create a new word that does not rhyme with the first, then add another letter in the third position of the word you just created to create another word that does not rhyme with either of the first two. What words are these? And the answer was treat, threat and thereat.

MARTIN: OK. Just over 1,000 listeners submitted answers this week. And our randomly selected winner is Barbara Lawrence of Lake Wales, Florida. She joins us on the phone. Congratulations, Barbara.

BARBARA LAWRENCE: Thank you.

MARTIN: So, is it true? I understand you almost didn't answer the phone when we called you this week.

LAWRENCE: I've been having so many robocalls this week. I figured it was another one.

MARTIN: Political calls because of the election.

LAWRENCE: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

MARTIN: Well, you are in Florida so you are getting that kind of attention I imagine.

LAWRENCE: Absolutely.

MARTIN: OK. Well, are you ready to play the puzzle?

LAWRENCE: Ready as I'm ever going to be, yes.

MARTIN: All right. We're ready, Will. Let's do it.

SHORTZ: All right, Barbara and Rachel. Every answer today consists of the names of two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last person. I'll give you the non-anagram parts of the names; you identify the people. For example, if I said Madeleine blank Aaron, you would say Madeleine Kahn and Hank Aaron, with Kahn and Hank having the same letters.

MARTIN: OK. Barbara, do you have it?

LAWRENCE: Yep.

MARTIN: OK. Let's try.

SHORTZ: All right. And we're starting with four-letter answers. And your first one is Ogden blank Christian Anderson.

LAWRENCE: Nash and Hans.

SHORTZ: That's it. Number two is Condoleezza blank Clapton.

Rice and Eric.

MARTIN: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Um-hum. William blank Bader Ginsburg.

LAWRENCE: Ruth.

SHORTZ: Yes, and William - actor William.

LAWRENCE: Hurt.

MARTIN: Yes.

SHORTZ: William Hurt is it, good.

MARTIN: William Hurt.

SHORTZ: Now, we're onto five-letter answers: Sally blank Castro.

LAWRENCE: Fidel.

SHORTZ: Yes. And actress Sally...

LAWRENCE: I'm blanking on that.

MARTIN: She said you like me, you really like me.

LAWRENCE: Oh, Field.

MARTIN: Yes.

SHORTZ: Sally Field is it, good. Ralph blank Agassi.

LAWRENCE: Andre.

SHORTZ: Yes, and Ralph blank that's an anagram of Andre.

LAWRENCE: Nader.

MARTIN: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Ralph Nader is it. How about Peter blank Flynn.

LAWRENCE: That would be Errol Flynn, right?

SHORTZ: That's right. And what do you get if you spell that backward?

LAWRENCE: Lorre.

SHORTZ: Yeah, that's it. Peter Lorre. How about Christopher blank Parton.

LAWRENCE: Dolly.

SHORTZ: That's it, Dolly Parton. And Christopher.

LAWRENCE: Lloyd.

SHORTZ: That's it.

MARTIN: Good.

SHORTZ: Let me try a six-letter one on you. Katie blank Asch A-S-C-H. And the Asch and author.

LAWRENCE: Sholem.

SHORTZ: Sholem is it - S-H-O-L-E-M. And Katie, who's an actress.

MARTIN: Can I chime in?

SHORTZ: Go ahead, Rachel.

MARTIN: It's Katie Holmes.

SHORTZ: Katie Holmes is it.

MARTIN: See, Barbara gets credit for knowing the literary part of that answer. I got the pop culture reference.

SHORTZ: The pop culture, good. Everything counts. How about Dorothy blank Arafat.

LAWRENCE: Yasser.

SHORTZ: Yasser - and Dorothy, who created Lord Peter Whimsy.

LAWRENCE: Sayers.

SHORTZ: Dorothy Sayers is it, good. And your last one is seven letters.

LAWRENCE: OK.

SHORTZ: E-M blank Whitaker.

LAWRENCE: Forster.

SHORTZ: E. M. Forster and blank Whitaker, the actor.

LAWRENCE: Forest.

MARTIN: Yes.

SHORTZ: Forest Whitaker, nice job. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Forest, which is the first name of actor Forest Whitaker, is not an anagram of Forster, which is the last name of novelist E.M. Forster.]

MARTIN: Barbara, very well done. Very well done.

LAWRENCE: Well, I can breathe again.

(LAUGHTER)

MARTIN: Take a deep breath, you did great. And for playing the puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin and puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. Before we let you go, Barbara, what is your public radio station?

LAWRENCE: WUSS in Tampa.

MARTIN: Barbara Lawrence of Lake Wales, Florida, thanks so much for playing the puzzle this week, Barbara.

LAWRENCE: Well, I enjoy it after the fact.

(LAUGHTER)

LAWRENCE: I panicked in the middle.

MARTIN: You did fabulous. No reason for nerves. You did great.

LAWRENCE: Thank you.

MARTIN: OK, Will, what's our challenge for next week?

SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from our old pal Merl Reagle, who happens to live in Florida as well. The words organic and natural are both commonly seen at health food stores. What other word in seven-letter, also commonly seen at health food stores, has five letters in common with organic and five letters in common with natural?

So again, what seven-letter word commonly seen at health food stores, has five letters in common with organic and five letters in common with natural? What word is it?

MARTIN: OK. When you have the answer, go to our website, npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link - just one entry per person, please. And the deadline for entries is Thursday, November 8th at 3 P.M. Eastern Time.

Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And if you're the winner we will 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, Will Shortz.

Thanks so much, Will.

SHORTZ: Thanks, Rachel.

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