Sunday Puzzle: Rhyme City

Nov 1, 2020
Originally published on November 1, 2020 9:35 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a well-known U.S. city or town that has a two-word name. I'm going to give you rhymes for the respective parts. You name the places.

Example: Lodge Kitty, Kan. --> DODGE CITY

1. Short Girth, Texas

2. Wrong Peach, Calif.

3. Brittle Lock, Ark.

4. Rolling Scene, Ky.

5. Paint Ball, Minn.

6. Gun Rally, Idaho

7. Banned Storks, N.D.

8. Heavy Trace, Md.

9. Quaker Sites, Ohio

10. Mouth Trend, Ind.

11. Milks Dairy, Penn.

12. Tan Barber, Mich.

13. Moral Fables, Fla.

14. New Walls, S.D.

Last week's challenge: This challenge came from Neville Fogarty, of Newport News, Va. What common seven-letter verb is made up of three consecutive musical notes in order?

Challenge answer: Deflate (D, E flat, E)

Winner: Brett Campbell of Porland Ore.

This week's challenge: This is a spinoff of today's on-air puzzle. Name a well-known U.S. city in two words (5,3). Change the first letter of the second word to name a popular rock group. Who is it?

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 by Thursday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. ET.

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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

It's time to play The Puzzle.

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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining us is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster.

Hi, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hey there, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Remind us of last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yeah. It came from Neville Fogarty of Newport News, Va. I asked, what common seven-letter verb is made up of three consecutive musical notes in order? And the answer is deflate, which consists of D, E flat and E.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And we received 1,039 correct responses. And the winner is Brett Campbell of Portland, Ore.

Congratulations, and welcome to the program.

BRETT CAMPBELL: Thanks, Lulu. Howdy, Will.

SHORTZ: Hey.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is a very fitting thing that you won because I understand you write about arts and music.

CAMPBELL: I do. I'm an editor at Oregon Arts Watch. We cover the arts in Oregon. And I write mostly about music, which came in handy in solving this puzzle.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Indeed. Are you ready to play...

CAMPBELL: (Laughter).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: ...The Puzzle?

CAMPBELL: I am. I'm in a great mood. It's my mom's 97th birthday, November 1 - very happy.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh. Well...

CAMPBELL: Happy birthday, Mom.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Happy birthday, mom. All right. Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: All right, Brett. And happy birthday, mom. Now, every answer today is a well-known U.S. city or town that has a two-word name. I'm going to give you rhymes for the respective parts. You name the places. For example, if I said Lodge Kitty, Kan., you would say Dodge City. Number one is Short Girth, Texas.

CAMPBELL: Fort Worth.

SHORTZ: That's it. Number two is Wrong Peach, Calif.

CAMPBELL: Long Beach.

SHORTZ: Maybe you don't need these states. Let's try Brittle Lock.

CAMPBELL: Maybe I do need the state (laughter).

SHORTZ: It's Arkansas.

CAMPBELL: Little Rock.

SHORTZ: Little Rock is it. Rolling Scene - it's both Kentucky and Ohio.

CAMPBELL: Bowling Green.

SHORTZ: Bowling Green is it. Paint Ball.

CAMPBELL: OK.

SHORTZ: And it's in Minnesota.

CAMPBELL: Oh, St. Paul.

SHORTZ: That's it. Gun Rally, Idaho.

CAMPBELL: Sun Valley.

SHORTZ: That's it. Banned Storks, N.D.

CAMPBELL: Grand Forks.

SHORTZ: Heavy Trace, Md.

CAMPBELL: Chevy Chase.

SHORTZ: That's it. Quaker Sites, Ohio.

CAMPBELL: Shaker Heights.

SHORTZ: Mouth Trend, Ind.

CAMPBELL: South Bend.

SHORTZ: That's it. Milks Dairy, Pa.

CAMPBELL: Wilkes-Barre.

SHORTZ: That's good. And a lot of people pronounce it Wilkes-Bare (ph) or Wilkes-Bara (ph), but my old friend from there said Wilkes-Barre, so that's what I went with. How about Tan Barber, Mich.?

CAMPBELL: Is Grand Harbor - something like that.

SHORTZ: It's not harbor, no. Tan Barber, Mich.

CAMPBELL: Oh, Ann Arbor. Of course (laughter).

SHORTZ: Ann Arbor - all you have to do is...

CAMPBELL: Yeah.

SHORTZ: ...Drop the consonants there.

CAMPBELL: Yeah.

SHORTZ: How about Moral Fables, Fla.?

CAMPBELL: Coral Gables.

SHORTZ: That's it. And your last one is New Walls, S.D.

CAMPBELL: Sioux Falls.

SHORTZ: Sioux Falls - nice job.

CAMPBELL: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did great. How do you feel?

CAMPBELL: I feel great. My geographer friend will be proud of me.

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GARCIA-NAVARRO: 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. And you can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, Brett, which member station do you listen to?

CAMPBELL: Oregon Public Broadcasting.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Brett Campbell of Portland, Ore., thank you so much for playing The Puzzle.

CAMPBELL: (Inaudible) Lulu. Thanks, Will. Go out and vote, everybody, if you haven't already.

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GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. It's a spinoff of today's on-air puzzle. Name a well-known U.S. city in two words - five, three. Change the first letter of the second word to name a popular rock group. Who is it? So, again, well-known U.S. city in two words, five letters in the first word, three letters in the last. Change the first letter of the second word to name a popular rock group. What group is it?

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, November 5, 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 if you pick up the phone, you'll get to play on the air with the puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz.

Thanks so much, Will.

SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.

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