Sunday Puzzle: Lost Arts

Jun 9, 2019

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?

Submit Your Answer

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.

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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.

Hey, Will.

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...

NORDAL: Span.

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.

SHORTZ: Yes.

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.

NORDAL: (Laughter).

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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