On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials "J.R."
Last week's challenge from listener Sandy Weisz: Take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end and rotate it 90 degrees. You'll get a new word that is pronounced exactly the same as the first word. What words are these?
Answer: Won, one; wry, rye
Winner: Ben Austin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Next week's challenge: Name a geographical location in two words — nine letters altogether — that, when spoken aloud, sounds roughly like four letters of the alphabet. What is it?
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. Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's puzzle time.
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MARTIN: Joining me now is WEEKEND EDITION's Puzzle-master Will Shortz. Good morning, Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Morning, Rachel.
MARTIN: Did you like my rhyme, Will?
SHORTZ: Not bad. Off the top of your head, right?
MARTIN: Totally. OK. Refresh our memories, if you would. What was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Sandy Weisz of Chicago. It was to take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end, and rotate it 90 degrees. You'll get a new word that's pronounced exactly the same as the first word. What words are these? Well, the answer that Sandy had was WON W-O-N. Move the W to the end, rotate it - it turns into an E and you get O-N-E, which is pronounced the same. To our amazement, there was a second answer that was just as good. It's WRY W-R-Y. Again, move the W to the end, make it an E and you get R-Y-E.
MARTIN: Very clever. OK. We received over 250 correct answers this week. And our randomly selected winner is Ben Austin of Dobbs Ferry, New York. He is on the line with us. Hey, Ben. Congratulations.
BEN AUSTIN: Hi, Rachel. Hi, Will. Thanks.
SHORTZ: Hey there.
MARTIN: So, how'd you figure this one out, Ben? Did it come pretty quickly?
AUSTIN: This was a strange one. I figured it out by first writing out all the letters that I thought would work either right-side-up or lying down on their side. And then I just thought of words that I could make. And it was strange because coming up won and one for me took about five or 10 minutes but then I sat on it for two days thinking am I really supposed to be making a W in an E?
MARTIN: Sure, I guess I am. Have you playing the puzzle a long time?
AUSTIN: Yeah, about a decade, I guess. Not from the postcards days but I think Will's probably wasted about, collectively, maybe 10 days of my life. I get 10 minutes of his life right now.
MARTIN: I think that's fair. I think that's fair. Ben, you live in Dobbs Ferry, New York. What is the best thing about Dobbs Ferry?
AUSTIN: Dobbs Ferry is right on the Hudson River. It's about maybe 10 miles north of New York City. So, I would say I like living here because you can be in New York City in a half hour by train, but it really feels and works like a small Hudson River Valley town. It doesn't feel like a suburb. It feels like a little town.
MARTIN: Well, we'll see if all of your neighbors are listening to you play the puzzle. No pressure.
AUSTIN: Speaking of neighbors - I think Will is not too far. I've never met him but I believe he doesn't live all that far down the road.
MARTIN: Yeah, also in New York state.
SHORTZ: Yeah. Up the road actually - about 15 minutes is all.
MARTIN: Great. Well, let's do this thing. Ben, are you ready?
AUSTIN: Ready as I'll ever be.
MARTIN: OK. Will, hit us up with the puzzle?
SHORTZ: All right, Ben and Rachel. Today's puzzle is called juniors. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials J-R. For example, if I said a bread for a pastrami sandwich, maybe, you would say Jewish rye.
SHORTZ: J-R. Number one: what you might take in a stolen car.
AUSTIN: A joy ride.
SHORTZ: That's it. Number two: a pirate flag.
AUSTIN: A jolly roger.
SHORTZ: Uh-huh. What a married couple files with the IRS.
AUSTIN: Ha. I just filed one. It's a joint return.
SHORTZ: How ever timely. Pastry with preserves inside.
AUSTIN: A jelly roll.
SHORTZ: Yes. Distilled alcoholic beverage from the Caribbean.
AUSTIN: Rum - Jamaican rum.
SHORTZ: Jamaican rum, good. Voluptuous femme fatale in a 1988 animated film.
AUSTIN: Jessica Rabbit.
SHORTZ: Excellent. Double Dutch, for example.
AUSTIN: A jump rope.
SHORTZ: Um-hum. Where a group of 12 men and women deliberate after a trial.
AUSTIN: The jury room.
SHORTZ: That's it. Chief justice of the Supreme Court.
AUSTIN: Justice Roberts or John Roberts.
SHORTZ: John Roberts is it.
AUSTIN: John Roberts, OK.
SHORTZ: Attorney general under Bill Clinton.
AUSTIN: Janet Reno.
SHORTZ: Good. Baseball great with the retired number 42.
AUSTIN: Oh, how timely. Jackie Robinson.
SHORTZ: Right. Elvis Presley hit that was number one for seven weeks.
AUSTIN: "Jailhouse Rock."
SHORTZ: Where you might eat sushi.
AUSTIN: Japanese restaurant.
SHORTZ: That's it. Sign regarding attire for men at a fancy eatery.
AUSTIN: Jackets required.
SHORTZ: Jacket required, right. And your last one: the last bed that Goldilocks tried was not too hard and not too soft. It was...
AUSTIN: Just right.
SHORTZ: That's it.
AUSTIN: I have two kids, so I know that one.
MARTIN: You know that tale.
MARTIN: Great job. Ben, that was really good. That was a fun one.
AUSTIN: Good, thanks.
MARTIN: And for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, of course, puzzle books and games as well. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle.
And before we let you go, Ben, what is your public radio station?
AUSTIN: My beloved, WNYC, AM and FM, New York City.
MARTIN: Perfect, Ben Austin of Dobbs Ferry, New York. Hey, Ben, thanks so much for playing the puzzle. It's been fun.
AUSTIN: Thank you.
MARTIN: OK, Will. What's the challenge for next week?
SHORTZ: Yes. Name a geographical location in two words - nine letters altogether - that when spoken aloud, sounds roughly like four letters of the alphabet. What is it?
So again, a geographical location - two words, nine letters - say it out loud and it sounds roughly like four letters of the alphabet. What location is it?
MARTIN: You know what to do. When you have the answer, go to our website, npr.org/puzzle. Click on the Submit Your Answer link and just one entry per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, April 25th 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'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 puzzle-master, Will Shortz.
Thanks so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Rachel.
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