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Sun November 3, 2013
Regardless Of The Answer, Stay Staid
Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 12:18 pm
On-air challenge: Each answer is a two-word phrase consisting of two homophones starting with the letter S. For example, given the clue "remained dignified," the answer would be, "stayed staid."
Last week's challenge: Name a brand of beer. Rearrange the letters to name an activity often associated with beer.
Answer: Tsingtao, toasting
Winner: Jacob Taber of New York, N.Y.
Next week's challenge from the Emmy-winning TV comedy writer Mike Reiss: A famous actress and a famous director share the same last name, although they are unrelated. The first name of one of these is a classic musical. The first name of the other is an anagram of a classic musical. Who are they?
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. Get your game face on, folks, because it's time for the puzzle.
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MARTIN: Joining me now from member station WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana is Will Shortz. He is, of course, the puzzle editor of the New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master. Good morning, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Rachel.
MARTIN: So, what brings you to the great American Midwest?
SHORTZ: I am speaking this afternoon at Clowe's Hall here in Indianapolis, and I speak for a few minutes, I do a Q&A and then I have lots of audience participation word games.
MARTIN: Very cool. OK. So, refresh our memories, what was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. Last week's challenge was short and sweet. I said name a brand of beer, rearrange the letters to name an activity often associated with beer. And the answer was Tsingtao, which is T-S-I-N-G-T-A-O. Rearrange the letters, you get toasting, which is something you often do with beer. That was our intended answer. There were a few solvers who thought of an alternative: Flying Fish. Do you know Flying Fish beer?
MARTIN: I do not.
SHORTZ: It was new to me, and you can rearrange that slightly to get fly fishing, which is something you might do while you're drinking beer.
MARTIN: OK. So, we got about 200 correct answers. And our randomly selected winner this week is Jacob Taber of New York, New York. He is on the line now. Hey, Jacob. Congratulations.
JACOB TABER: Thanks so much. It's great to be here.
MARTIN: So, did this come pretty quickly to you? How did you figure it out?
TABER: So, I listen to the puzzle every week while doing the dishes on Sunday morning. And it didn't come to me right away. I spent some time thinking about it. But on Tuesday night, when I was again washing some dishes, I sort of zoned out and there it just popped into my head.
MARTIN: Had you had a Tsingtao recently?
TABER: I've actually never tried it. I drink a lot of domestic microbrews and I hadn't had the pleasure of trying Tsingtao, but I guess now I'll have to.
MARTIN: I feel like maybe now you're obliged to go try it. And what do you do for a living in New York?
TABER: I am a law student. I'm in my third year at NYU School of Law.
MARTIN: So, you are a busy man.
TABER: Very busy, but I make time for the important things, like puzzles.
MARTIN: Of course. That's what we like to hear. And I understand you recently had a birthday.
TABER: My birthday was on Thursday, when I got the call inviting me to be on the puzzle. And this is actually - and I'm sorry to say this to everyone at home - my very first time submitting an answer.
MARTIN: Oh, man. Beginner's birthday luck. OK. With that, Jacob, are you ready to play the puzzle?
TABER: I am ready.
MARTIN: All right, Will, let's do it.
SHORTZ: All right, Jacob and Rachel. Each answer today is a two-word phrase consisting of two homophones, starting with the letter S. For example, if I gave you the clue: remain dignified, you would say stayed staid.
MARTIN: OK. You have it, Jacob?
TABER: I've got it.
MARTIN: All right. Let's try.
SHORTZ: Number one: observes oceans.
TABER: Sees seas.
SHORTZ: That's it. Number two: event at which jibs and spinnakers are reduced in price.
TABER: A sail sale.
SHORTZ: Sail sale is right. Take a large Indian tribe to court.
TABER: Sue the Sioux.
SHORTZ: There you go: sue Sioux. Tries to find a religious group in India.
TABER: Seeks Sikhs.
SHORTZ: Excellent. Stitch in such a manner.
TABER: Sew so.
SHORTZ: That's it. Very nice set of connected rooms. And think of connected rooms, say, in a hotel or an office.
TABER: Oh, a sweet suite.
SHORTZ: Sweet suite is it. Illegally take some manufacturing metal.
TABER: Steals steel.
SHORTZ: Steal steel is it. Barely noticeable trick with the hand.
TABER: Slight sleight.
SHORTZ: Slight sleight is it. Now, the following answers have two syllables, and your first one of these is a sad-looking Indian dress.
TABER: Oh, a sorry sari.
SHORTZ: Sorry sari. Shoplifted German pastry.
TABER: Stolen stollen.
SHORTZ: Stolen stollen is it. Ice cream treat after church, say.
TABER: A Sunday sundae.
SHORTZ: That's it. And now for a three-syllable answer: recap that has a July, August feel to it.
TABER: Summery summary.
SHORTZ: That's it. And your last one has four syllables: writing paper that doesn't move.
TABER: Stationery stationary.
SHORTZ: There you go. 100 percent.
MARTIN: A-plus. Jacob, that was excellent. Are you that good on your law school exams?
TABER: Now and then.
MARTIN: Now and then.
TABER: Now and then.
MARTIN: For playing the puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/Puzzle. And before we let you go, Jacob, what is your public radio station?
TABER: WNYC, although I grew up with WITF, Harrisburg, and that's what turned me on to NPR.
MARTIN: Great. And WNYC of course in New York, New York. Jacob Taber of New York City. Thanks so much for playing the puzzle. Jacob, it was fun.
TABER: Thank you for having me.
MARTIN: OK, Will. What is the challenge for next week?
SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from the Emmy-winning TV comedy writer Mike Reiss. A famous actress and a famous director share the same last name, although they are unrelated. The first name of one of these is a classic musical. And the first name of the other is an anagram of a classic musical. Who are they?
So again: a famous actress, famous director, they share the same last name but they're unrelated. First name of one of these is a classic musical. And the first name of the other is an anagram of a classic musical. Who are these people and what are the musicals?
MARTIN: You know what to do. 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. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, November 7th at 3 P.M. Eastern Time.
Please include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time, because if you're the winner we'll give you a call. And you will get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times. And he is, of course, WEEKEND EDITION's puzzle-master, Mr. Will Shortz.
Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Rachel.
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