On-air challenge: This puzzle is called "Lost Arts." I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word has the consecutive letters A-R-T somewhere inside it. Lose the "art," close up the remaining letters, and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue.
Example: Social events / Baked desserts --> PARTIES, PIES
1. Beginning / What bees do
2. Ancient Greek warrior / A bridge
3. Cocktail often served with an olive / Short, short skirt
4. Person who serves drinks / Drinking spree
5. Written grant of rights, as for a college / Best Actress Oscar winner for "Moonstruck"
6. Zealous supporter of one side in politics / Resident of an Italian city with a leaning tower
7. Exchanging goods without using money / Alaska's ___ Strait
8. Ravaged by military conflict (hyphenated) / Threadbare
9. Person who steals autos (2 words) / The 'C' of C.E.O.
10. Oblongs enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphs / Sofas
Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Greg VanMechelen of Berkeley, Calif. Think of a verb in its present and past tense forms. Drop the first letter of each word. The result will name two vehicles. What are they?
Challenge answer: Strike, struck --> trike, truck
Winner: Ginger Nordal of Cave Junction, Ore.
This week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Judy Grant of Chapel Hill, N.C. Think of a famous actor, first and last names, that together contain each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O, and U) exactly once. Add an M and rearrange the result to get a famous writer, also first and last names. Who are these famous people?
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, June 13, at 3 p.m. ET.
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:
And 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.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So what was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Greg VanMechelen of Berkeley, Calif. I said, think of a verb in its present and past-tense forms. Drop the first letter of each word. And the result will name two vehicles. What are they? Well, the verbs are strike and its past-tense form, struck. Drop the first letters, and you get trike and truck.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We got over 1,300 responses. And our winner this week is Ginger Nordal of Cave Junction, Ore. Congratulations.
GINGER NORDAL: Thank you very much.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So, Ginger, how did you figure it out?
NORDAL: I worked from the verb characteristics. You know, it couldn't just be a verb you add a D to the end. And I figured out it had to have multiple consonants at the beginning. And then I don't know. Strike just popped into my head, so there it was.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: There you go. I'm told you're an artist.
NORDAL: I dabble.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) What do you dabble in? What do you work with?
NORDAL: Watercolor - and then my husband does pottery. So I - he throws the pots. And I decorate them. And it's a great collaboration, yeah.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wonderful - well, are you ready to play The Puzzle?
NORDAL: Oh, gosh. I hope so.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) All right. I'm sure you are. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Ginger. Appropriately for what you do, today's puzzle is called Lost Arts. I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word has the consecutive letters A-R-T somewhere inside it. Lose the art, close up the remaining letters and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue. For example, if I said social events and baked desserts, you would say parties and pies.
NORDAL: Oh, OK.
SHORTZ: OK. Number one is beginning and what bees do.
NORDAL: Starting and sting.
SHORTZ: Nice job - number two - an ancient Greek warrior and a bridge. I'll tell you, the ancient Greek warrior - it's not a specific one. It's one from...
NORDAL: Oh, like a Spartan.
SHORTZ: Like a Spartan, yeah.
NORDAL: And the bridge would be...
SHORTZ: Span, nice - a cocktail often served with an olive and a short, short skirt.
NORDAL: A martini and a mini.
SHORTZ: That's it - a person who serves drinks and a drinking spree.
NORDAL: (Laughter) A bartender and a bender.
SHORTZ: Nice - a written grant of rights, as for a college, and best-actress Oscar winner for "Moonstruck."
NORDAL: Well, that would be charter and Cher.
SHORTZ: That's it, good - a zealous supporter of one side in politics and resident of an Italian city with a leaning tower.
NORDAL: Pisa should be the leaning-tower city.
SHORTZ: Right. And a resident of Pisa would be what?
NORDAL: Oh, Pisan.
NORDAL: Oh, partisan and a Pisan - OK.
SHORTZ: Pisan - nice job - exchanging goods without using money and Alaska's blank Strait.
NORDAL: Bartering and Bering.
SHORTZ: Good - ravaged by military conflict - that's a hyphenated word. And the second clue is threadbare.
NORDAL: War-torn and worn.
SHORTZ: Nice - a person who steals autos - that's a two-word phrase - and the C of CEO.
NORDAL: Car thief and chief.
SHORTZ: Oh, man. That's good. Here's your last one. This is a vocabulary tester, I'm afraid.
SHORTZ: Oblongs - try this - oblongs enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphs and sofas.
NORDAL: I'm sorry. Say that again.
SHORTZ: Yeah. Your first clue is oblongs enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphs. You know Egyptian hieroglyphs - they got those symbols, and then there's an oval or an oblong around it. What are those things called?
NORDAL: Ooh, I have no idea.
SHORTZ: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. OK. And let's work backward. What is a sofa?
NORDAL: A couch.
SHORTZ: Good. Now...
NORDAL: Oh, cartouche - a cartouche.
SHORTZ: Yeah, you got it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did great.
SHORTZ: Cartouches and couches - you did know it.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. Ginger, you must feel good.
NORDAL: Yeah. I survived (laughter).
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did better than survive. You did amazingly well. And for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle, books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, Ginger, which member station do you listen to?
NORDAL: JPR - Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's Ginger Nordal of Cave Junction, Ore. Thank you for playing The Puzzle.
NORDAL: Thank you. This was a bucket-list thing for me.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Wonderful - well, I'm glad we could make that come true. Will, what's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. This week's challenge comes from listener Judy Grant of Chapel Hill, N.C. Think of a famous actor - first and last names - that together contain each of the five vowels, A, E, I, O, and U, exactly once. Add an M. And rearrange the result to get a famous writer - also first and last names. Who are these famous people? So again, famous actor - first and last names - contains all five vowels - add an M. Rearrange the result to get a famous writer - also first and last names. Who are these famous people?
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, June 13 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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