Sunday Puzzle: 4 Of A Kind

Aug 12, 2018
Originally published on August 12, 2018 2:35 pm

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Rearrange the letters in each of them to make another word. Then think of a familiar saying or proverb that contains both those words.

Example: CHEAT GOD --> TEACH and DOG --> You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

1. KOOL PALE
2. EMIT VASES
3. TOP NERVE
4. THROW HUBS
5. DEAL MORE
6. FOAL NEON
7. HATES SWEAT
8 . TOW SHADE

Last week's challenge: We're in the middle of a two-week, two-part challenge. You'll need to solve both parts in order to send in your answer.

Here's Part 1 from last week: These four words have a very interesting and unusual property in common. What is it?

NEANDERTHAL
EMBARRASS
SATURATION
CONTEMPTUOUSNESS

Next week's challenge: Here's Part 2 of the challenge.

These four words have a very interesting and unusual property in common — something about the letters in them (all the letters). What is it? When you know it, think of a common 7-letter word that shares the unusual properties of both last week's and this week's words.

SCARECROW
SCREENSAVER
CAMERAWOMAN
CURVACEOUSNESS

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's two-part 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, Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. ET.

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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

And it's time to play The Puzzle.

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GARCIA-NAVARRO: Joining me as always is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's very own puzzlemaster. Good morning, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So, Will, we are in the middle of a two-week challenge. It has two parts. You gave us the first part last week. Why don't you remind us of that first part now?

SHORTZ: Yeah, and you'll need to solve both parts in order to send in the answer. And part one was I said write down these four words - Neanderthal, embarrass, saturation and contemptuousness. And I said they have a very interesting and unusual property in common, something hidden in them. What is it?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We'll hear the second part of that challenge at the end of this segment. But until then, let's play The Puzzle with a special guest this week. And I can't tell you how much joy this brings me to say this. Weekend Edition Saturday host. Let's say something.

SCOTT SIMON, BYLINE: What? Oh, hi. Hi there. Hi there, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah.

SIMON: The guy who...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Scott Simon, welcome to the program.

SIMON: ...The guy who does the astrology podcast wasn't available, right?

(LAUGHTER)

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I have to say you walked in here looking a little bit...

SIMON: I'm scared to death. This is the hardest thing to do in broadcasting.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

SIMON: I have been trying to avoid it for many, many years.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

SIMON: Usually, I feign some kind of grievous illness.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

SIMON: But in this case, they said you wanted me to do it, so I said why not.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yes, indeed. All right. Will, are you ready to have our guest play The Puzzle?

SHORTZ: I am ready.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Take it away.

SHORTZ: I'm going to give you two words.

SIMON: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Rearrange the letters in each of them to make new words. Then think of a familiar saying or proverb that contains both those words.

SIMON: OK.

SHORTZ: For example, if I said cheat, C-H-E-A-T, and God, G-O-D, you'd anagram those words to teach and dog. And then you'd say you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

SIMON: Well, you would. It would take me a long time to get there. But thanks for the benefit of the doubt. OK.

SHORTZ: Number one, kool. K-O-O-L.

SIMON: Yeah.

SHORTZ: And pale, P-A-L-E.

SIMON: Look.

SHORTZ: There we go and pale?

SIMON: I'm trying to think. Pale. Well, you could - well, hmm, hmm. Leap.

SHORTZ: There you go. And what's the saying?

SIMON: Oh. Look before you leap.

SHORTZ: Look before you leap.

SIMON: Oh, right.

SHORTZ: There you go.

SIMON: OK.

SHORTZ: You're off and running.

SIMON: Do I get a lapel pin now?

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SHORTZ: You get that...

SIMON: Little early. All right.

SHORTZ: ...Lapel pin already.

SIMON: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Number two.

SIMON: Yeah.

SHORTZ: Emit. E-M-I-T.

SIMON: Yeah.

SHORTZ: And vases, V-A-S-E-S.

SIMON: Oh, my word. Time.

SHORTZ: Yes.

SIMON: Time and - oh, my word.

SHORTZ: Just switch the V and the S.

SIMON: (Laughter) Saves.

SHORTZ: Yes, and what's the saying?

SIMON: Time and saves (laughter). Lulu's making all these grimaces and gestures.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I'm like (laughter)...

SIMON: Trying to...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I'm like...

SIMON: ...Trying to help me...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

SIMON: ...And I'm thinking...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I'm miming. I'm miming.

SIMON: I've...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: A stitch in time...

SIMON: ...Never heard that phrase.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: ...Saves nine.

SIMON: A stitch...

SHORTZ: There you go.

SIMON: ...In time saves nine. Thank you.

SHORTZ: You know that one. OK. Here's your next one - top.

SIMON: My next one?

SHORTZ: Your next one.

SIMON: What did I possibly do to deserve a next one? Go ahead. Yeah.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

SHORTZ: Top, T-O-P.

SIMON: Yeah.

SHORTZ: And nerve, N-E-R-V-E.

SIMON: OK. So that would be pot...

SHORTZ: Yes.

SIMON: ...Right?

SHORTZ: Yes.

SIMON: And never.

SHORTZ: There you go. Uh-huh, you got pot and never. What's the saying?

SIMON: A watched pot never boils?

SHORTZ: There you go. All right. Your next one is throw, T-H-R-O-W, and hubs, H-U-B-S.

SIMON: Worth.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh.

SIMON: OK. And...

SHORTZ: Starts with B.

SIMON: ...Bush.

SHORTZ: There you go.

SIMON: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

SHORTZ: There you go. Nice. Here's your next one deal, D-E-A-L, and more, M-O-R-E.

SIMON: So lead or lead. Lead.

SHORTZ: Lead, yes.

SIMON: OK. Rome.

SHORTZ: Yes.

SIMON: All roads lead to Rome.

SHORTZ: That's it. Good.

SIMON: How many more do we have, Will? Oh, never mind.

SHORTZ: Oh, let's jump to the last one. Here you go - tow, T-O-W, and shade, S-H-A-D-E.

SIMON: OK. W-O-T.

SHORTZ: Does not...

SIMON: Oh, two.

SHORTZ: ...Start with a - they're - yeah.

SIMON: Two.

SHORTZ: Yes.

SIMON: God bless. And Hades.

SHORTZ: Yeah, not Hades, though. But it does start with H.

SIMON: Two heads are better than one.

SHORTZ: There you go.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: As...

SHORTZ: Good job.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: ...They are (laughter).

SIMON: Oh, God bless. Thank you, Lulu. That was - yes. Thank you very much.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter). He did it. He came to the end. OK. Well,...

SIMON: This is a lot of work for a lapel pin. I don't...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is...

SIMON: I'm telling you, you know.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is a - you're not getting a lapel pin, though. We're giving you puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, Scott, what member station do you listen to?

SIMON: I think I'm going to go with WBEZ Chicago.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: There you go. Our Saturday show host, Scott Simon, thank you for playing The Puzzle.

SIMON: My pleasure. And I love being with you, Lulu, but let's make certain this doesn't...

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SIMON: ...Happen for a long time, OK?

(LAUGHTER)

SIMON: All right, Will. Nice talking to you.

SHORTZ: Nice job, Scott.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Will, we're in the middle of a two-week challenge. We've got one week left. Can you tell us the second part of that challenge?

SHORTZ: Yeah. Part two - write down these four words - scarecrow, screensaver, camerawoman and curvaceousness. And they have a very interesting and unusual property in common, something about the letters in them - all the letters, in this case. What is it? And when you know it, think of a common seven-letter word that shares the unusual properties in both last week's and this week's words. So again, this week's words are scarecrow, screensaver, camerawoman and curvaceousness. They share a very interesting and unusual property - something about the letters in them. What is it? And when you know what it is, think of a common seven-letter word that shares the unusual properties in both last week's and this week's words.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Will, you are on fire. That sounds very hard. 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 this Thursday, August 16, 2018 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 puzzlemaster, Will Shortz. Thanks so much, Will.

SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.

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