On-air challenge: I’ll give you a few categories and two things in each. You name the only other thing in this category that falls between the two data in alphabetical order.
Example: A brother and a daughter are both members of a family. If I asked: “Which member of a family falls between BROTHER and DAUGHTER in alphabetical order?” », You would say COUSIN
1. Baseball positions – CATCHER, FIRST BASE
2. Birthstones – DIAMOND, GARNET
2. ‘Clue’ game rooms – CONSERVATORY, HALL
4. Emmy Award Winning Comedies – FRASIER, GET SMART
5. Original Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavors – ROCKY ROAD, VANILLA
6. Oscar winners for best actor – NEWMAN, NIVEN
7. Oscar Winners for Best Actress – SPACEK, STREISAND
8. Vegetables au jus V8 – PARSLEY, TOMATOES
9. Triple Crown Winners – AFFIRMED, ASSAULT
10. Forms of precipitation – RAIN, SNOW
Last week’s challenge: This challenge came from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, California. Take the common abbreviation for a large American city. Enter it in an airport code for that city. And you will name a flower. What flower is it?
Response to the challenge: Chi (Chicago) + ORD = Orchid
Winner: Sam Hass from Beaverton, Oregon.
This week’s challenge: This week’s challenge comes from listener Anthony Gray, from Bergen County, NJ. Write the name of a country and its largest city, one at a time. Hidden in this chain, in consecutive letters, is the capital of another country (in six letters)? What is that?
Submit your response
If you know the answer to next week’s challenge, submit it here by Thursday, October 7 at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners who submit correct answers earn a chance to play the puzzle live. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HTE:
And it’s time to play Puzzle.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Will Shortz is joining us. He is The New York Times Puzzle Editor and WEEKEND EDITION Puzzle Master. Hi Will.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hi, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Can you remind us of last week’s challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah, that’s from Dan Pitt from Palo Alto, Calif. I said to take the current abbreviation for a large American city. Put it in an airport code for that city and you’ll name a flower. What is that? Well, the city is Chicago, sometimes simply known as Chi – CHI. Put that in ORD, which is the code for O’Hare, and you get an orchid.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received over 1,700 correct answers. And the winner is Sam Hass from Beaverton, Oregon. Congratulations and welcome to the program.
SAM HASS: Thanks, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: How did you understand it?
HASS: Well, I grew up in Chicago, and ORD was short for O’Hare when he was previously called Orchard. Being from Portland, I started with PDX, but there is no flower in it.
HASS: And the orchid just popped up in my head.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Are you ready to play?
HASS: I’m ready.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Okay. Take it off, Will.
SHORTZ: Alright, Sam. A brother and a daughter are both part of a family. If I asked which member of a family falls between brother and daughter in alphabetical order, you would say cousin. So I’m going to give you a few categories and two things in each. You name the only other thing in this category that falls between the two data in alphabetical order. Here is number one. Baseball positions – catcher, first base.
HASS: It’s either D or E.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Not necessarily.
SHORTZ: Try C.
HASS: Oh, central field.
SHORTZ: This is the central field. Good. Birthstones – diamond, garnet.
SHORTZ: Excellent. Here is your next one. Clue game rooms – veranda, hall.
HASS: Dining room.
SHORTZ: Dining room, excellent. Original Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavors – Rocky Road, Vanilla.
HASS: It’s a much wider range.
SHORTZ: This is one of the most popular flavors of ice cream.
HASS: Lulu, I’m looking at you.
SHORTZ: It’s a red fruit.
SHORTZ: Strawberry is good. Best Actor Academy Award Winners – Newman, Niven.
HASS: Nielsen? Nicholson.
SHORTZ: Nicholson – Jack Nicholson, good job. Best Actress Oscar winners – Spacek, Streisand. And this actress has won several times.
HASS: I’m lost.
SHORTZ: Uh-huh. And – let’s see …
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So “The devil wears Prada”.
SHORTZ: There you go. “Sophie’s choice.”
GARCIA-NAVARRO: “Sophie’s choice.”
SHORTZ: Starts ST.
HASS: I’m really lost.
SHORTZ: I’ll tell you then. It’s Meryl Streep.
HASS: Oh sure.
SHORTZ: And this? Vegetables au jus V8 – parsley, tomatoes.
HASS: I’m trying to remember the label.
SHORTZ: It’s a leafy vegetable that some people don’t find good.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Singing) I’m Popeye the sailor.
SHORTZ: And Popeye …
SHORTZ: There you go, spinach, yeah. How about the Triple Crown winners – Assertive, Assault.
SHORTZ: No, that was the War Admiral, and that would be before Affirmed. It must therefore be between Affirmed and Assault. Yeah, it’s hard. What if I told you that it starts with the American?
HASS: I can – I could get the first half then.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Ancient Egypt – the ruler of ancient Egypt.
HASS: American Pharaoh.
SHORTZ: American Pharaoh, that’s it. And here is your last – forms of precipitation – rain, snow.
SHORTZ: Alright. I was going to take a sleet, but I’ll give you showers. Good work.
HASS: I live in Portland. We are getting a lot of rain.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: How are you feeling?
HASS: I feel good. Will has drawn many areas that I am not very familiar with.
SHORTZ: You never know.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It was hard. I agree it was hard.
HASS: Lulu, I appreciate your help.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You’re welcome. To play our puzzle today, you will receive a WEEKEND EDITION pin, along with puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, Sam, which member station are you listening to?
HASS: KOPB – Portland, Ore.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Sam Hass from Beaverton, Oregon, thank you very much for playing the puzzle.
HASS: Thanks, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Okay, Will, what’s next week’s challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah, that’s from listener Anthony Gray from Bergen County, NJ. Write the name of a country and its largest city, one at a time. And hidden in that chain of consecutive letters is the capital of another country in six letters. What is that? Again, name of a country plus its largest city. And hidden in this chain of consecutive letters is the capital of another country. In six letters, what is it?
GARCIA-NAVARRO: When you have the answer, go to our website, npr.org/puzzle, and click the Submit your answer link. Remember, only one entry per person, please. Our registration deadline is Thursday, October 7 at 3 p.m. EST. Remember to include a phone number where we can reach you around this time. And if you’re the winner, we’ll call you. And if you pick up the phone, you can play on-air with Will Shortz, the New York Times puzzle editor and WEEKEND EDITION puzzle master. Thanks a lot, Will.
SHORTZ: Thanks, Lulu.
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