On-air challenge: Every answer today is something you see in a hotel room — always, or at least often. Name these things from their anagrams, minus one letter.
Example: BOXER – X --> ROBE
1. DEBT – T
2. MAPLE – E
3. OPALS – L
4. FEAST – T
5. ROBIN – B
6. ACHIER – E
7. LOWEST – S
8. NIBBLE – N
9. HOWLERS – L
10. MIDBRAIN – D
11. TEAMSTERS – E
12. LONGEVITIES – G
Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from Dominick Talvacchio of Chicago. Think of an informal term for a beverage. Now say it in Pig Latin, and you'll have an informal term for another beverage. What two beverages are these?
Challenge answer: Joe, OJ
Winner: Victor Urrea of Kirkland, Wash.
This week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Sandy Kutin of Princeton, N.J. Think of a 7-letter past tense verb for something good you might have done in a football game. Move each letter one space later in the alphabet (so A becomes B, B becomes C, etc.), and rearrange the result. You'll get a past tense verb for something bad you might have done in football. What words are these?
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 by Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. ET.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And it's time to play The Puzzle.
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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining us is Will Shortz. He's the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster. Hi, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hey, there, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah, it came from listener Dominick Talvacchio of Chicago. I said think of an informal term for a beverage. Now say it in pig Latin and you'll have an informal term for another beverage. What two beverages are these? And the answer is joe and OJ.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: A cup of joe. We received 1,766 correct responses, precisely. And the winner this week is Victor Urrea (ph) of Kirkland, Wash. Congratulations. And welcome to the program.
VICTOR URREA: Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: I'm told that this was an easy puzzle for you. Tell me why.
URREA: Yeah. So, initially, I took a few minutes to sit in my car and think of words in pig Latin that are also beverages. So I kind of did it backwards. And for some reason, cafe was stuck in my head. That's not a beverage. But, I mean, that eventually led to coffee and joe. And OJ just came quickly after.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. Are you a pig Latin specialist?
URREA: As a child, I was.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Fair enough. I'm glad you still remember it. And what do you do?
URREA: I'm a design assurance technician for Stryker. Basically, I run tests on medical devices to make sure that they are up to CDC standards.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Cool. And I hear that you snowboard.
URREA: Yeah. I'm actually kind of excited for that. Season's coming up soon.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Well, Victor, are you ready to play The Puzzle?
URREA: I am.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Victor. Every answer today is something you see in a hotel room, always or at least often. Name these things from their anagrams minus one letter. For example, if I said boxer minus X, you would say robe, which is a rearrangement of B-O-E-R, and it's something you often see in a hotel room. Number one is debt, D-E-B-T minus T.
SHORTZ: You'd see a bed, right. Number two is maple, M-A-P-L-E minus E.
SHORTZ: That's it. Opals, O-P-A-L-S minus L.
URREA: O-P-A-L-S minus L. Soap.
SHORTZ: That's it. Feast, F-E-A-S-T minus T.
URREA: S-A-F - safe.
SHORTZ: That's it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You're doing great.
SHORTZ: Oh, yeah. Robin, R-O-B-I-N minus B.
SHORTZ: You'd see an iron, right. Achier, A-C-H-I-E-R minus E.
URREA: A chair.
SHORTZ: Good. Lowest, L-O-W-E-S-T minus S.
SHORTZ: Towel, yes.
SHORTZ: Nibble, N-I-B-B-L-E minus N.
URREA: I-B-B-L-E? Bible.
SHORTZ: Yeah, a Bible. Howlers, H-O-W-L-E-R-S minus L.
SHORTZ: Ooh, that was fast. Here's a tough one. Midbrain. M-I-D-B-R-A-I-N minus D. Midbrain minus D.
URREA: Midbrain minus D. M-I-B-R-A-I-N.
SHORTZ: And here's a hint. It's something you often have to pay for to use.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Pay for a lot, she says with great anger.
SHORTZ: It's just sitting there so tempting.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And then you open it up, and you regret it in the morning.
URREA: A minibar.
SHORTZ: A minibar. Good one. Try this one. T-E-A-M-S-T-E-R-S minus E.
URREA: It's not steamer, is it?
SHORTZ: No. This is something every room would have. You would not pay for a hotel room that did not have this. And your first letter is M.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: And they better be comfy or you leave a bad review.
SHORTZ: Mattress is it. And here's your last one. Talk about getting longer. Longevities. That's L-O-N-G-E-V-I-T-I-E-S minus G. Longevities minus G.
SHORTZ: Television. That was so fast. Good job.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good job. You did really, really well. You said you were nervous before you started. How do you feel now?
URREA: A little relieved, still kind of nervous.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Well, you did really well. And for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, Victor, which member station do you listen to?
URREA: KUOW in Seattle.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's Victor Urrea of Kirkland, Wash. Thank you for playing The Puzzle. And enjoy the snowboarding.
URREA: Thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Sandy Kutin of Princeton, N.J. Think of a seven-letter past tense verb for something good you might have done in a football game. Move each letter one space later in the alphabet - so A becomes B, B becomes C, et cetera - and rearrange the result. You'll get a past tense verb for something bad you might have done in football. What words are these? So, again, seven-letter past tense verb, something good you might have done it football. Move each letter one space later in the alphabet, rearrange the result and you get a past tense verb for something bad you might have done in football. What words are these?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: When you have the answer, go to our website npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember, just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, October 24 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And if you're the winner, we'll 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 very own puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.