Sunday, May 30, 2010

Miss the NPR puzzle? I gotcha covered.

Today it was my turn to transcribe the NPR puzzle for the Google Group and Topica list. Enjoy!

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Synopsis of
NPR Weekend Edition puzzle
with Liane Hansen & Will Shortz

Liane and Will both began the puzzle segment with mea culpas (meae culpae?) and corrections. Liane said many listeners informed her that Eleuthera Island is in the Bahamas, and Will had to admit that Shakespeare did have a character named Edward, namely King Edward in Richard III.

The Current Challenge, given 20100523), from:

Name a country that is spelled as a solid word. Change two consecutive letters in it to a single R. The result will name a problem that this country has traditionally faced. What's the country and what's the problem?

The answers were Malaysia & malaria.

Liane reported more than 1,000 entries. The on-air player, randomly drawn from among the correct submissions, was Dave Taube of Eugene, Oregon, who says he's been playing the puzzle for about a year and a half. He's a "house dad" and a landlord who rents to students attending the University of Oregon. There is an amazing story about Mr. Taube at , and I'm so glad he got a chance to play on the air with Will & Liane! Dave listens to KLCC, hittin' Eugene with 81,000 watts of power at 89.7 FM.

THIS WEEK’S ON-AIR PUZZLE: Will gave Dave, Liane, and NPR listeners a word. Puzzle players were to change one single letter of that word to come up with a common name for a newspaper. For example, if Will said "tomes," the answer would be "Times."

CLUES (answers at the end of this synopsis):

1.  tribute

2.  posh

3.  hedger

4.  glove  (Hint: "There's one in Boston.")

5.  resister

6.  empress

7.  would

8.  reword

9.  deporter

10. lender

11. onion

12. preps

13. nets

14. sue

15. stay

Matt Dembicki, the editor of a graphic anthology called Trickster: Native American Tales ( ), read Dave the list of prizes he won for being the on-air player. (I've already ordered 2 copies of Trickster for my library!)

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE comes from Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minnesota.: Take the name of a nationality and write it in lower case letters. Remove the first letter and rotate one of the remaining letters 180 degrees. The result will be another nationality. What nationalities are these?

Answers must be received by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.
One entry per person. NPR no longer accepts entries by e-mail. Be
sure to include a telephone number where you can be reached if you
are selected as the winner.  Entries may be made at the web page:
(Puzzle enthusiasts can navigate there easily from: )

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Editorial notes:

Puzzles & contents of Weekend Edition/Sunday puzzle segment
are copyrighted by Will Shortz and NPR. Reprinted here with

This summer's puzzle transcription schedule:

2010-06-06        Jerry
2010-06-13        Richard
2010-06-20        Joe
2010-06-27        Jerry
2010-07-04        Joe
2010-07-11        Richard
2010-07-18        Joe
2010-07-25        Jerry

We expect to resume our regular schedule in August:

1st       Kristy
2nd      Richard
3rd       Joe
4th       Jerry
5th       Richard

Our email addresses:

Kristy Fowler>
Richard Renner>
Jerry Miller>
Joe Wander>

So e-mail for next week's synopsis goes to Jerry Miller>.

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Guest editor’s notes from Kristy:

Liane's story on World War II veterans stated that only 10% of our nation's WWII veterans are still alive. Here is Thursday's obituary for John W. Finn, the last of the 15 Navy sailors who received the Medal of Honor for heroism at Pearl Harbor.


President Obama's weekly address, this week entitled "Honoring the Fallen."

Read the entire text of Richard III at

Passport? Check. Camera? Check. Baggallini (designed by flight attendants!)? Check. Deutschland, hier komme ich! (I will, however, leave the applesauce at home.)

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From this week's mailbag:


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Editor’s notes from Richard Renner (email: rrenner ):

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Links of interest!
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (Mar. 18-20, 2011):
Merl Reagle’s article on constructing crossword puzzles, available at:
World Puzzle Federation:
Register for the 2010 USA team's August 21 championship at:
More of Ed Pegg Jr.'s puzzles are available at:
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Kristy Fowler & Joe Wander both highly recommend:
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For results of the 5th World Sudoku Puzzle Championship:

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1.  tribute: Tribune

2.  posh: Post

3.  hedger: Ledger

4.  glove: Globe

5.  resister: Register

6.  empress: Express

7.  would: World

8.  reword: Record

9.  deporter: Reporter

10. lender: Leader

11. onion: Union (Liane mentioned, "There's already a newspaper named The Onion!")

12. preps: Press

13. nets: News

14. sue: Sun

15. stay: Star

End of NPR puzzle synopsis.

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