Weekend Edition Sunday

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  • Local Host Karlie Huckels

On Sundays, Weekend Edition combines the news with colorful arts and human-interest features, appealing to the curious and eclectic. With a nod to traditional Sunday habits, the program offers a fix for diehard crossword addicts-word games and brainteasers with The Puzzlemaster, a.k.a. Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times. With Hansen on the sidelines, a caller plays the latest word game on the air while listeners compete silently at home. The NPR mailbag is proof that the competition to go head-to-head with Shortz is rather vigorous.

Another trademark of Sunday's program is "Voices in the News," a montage of sound bites from the past week, poignant in its simplicity. Hansen also engages listeners in her discussions with regular contributors, who cover a wide range of national and international issues.

It's interesting that the cover of the novel Georgia Bottoms features a pair of bright yellow shoes. Shoes are common on the covers of novels about women, but not necessarily on books that aren't romances, and not necessarily on books by men like Mark Childress, who also wrote One Mississippi and Crazy In Alabama. (He's going through the southern states, perhaps.)

On-Air Challenge

Each word you are given conceals the name of a U.S. president in left-to-right order, but the letters are not consecutive. For example, given the clue "hairdressing, in seven letters," the answer would be "Harding."

Last Week's Challenge

From Jack Jaiven of Highland Beach, Fla.: Name a world capital. Add the letter R, and rearrange the letters to name two U.S. presidents. What is the world capital and who are the presidents?

Answer: Bucharest. (Add an R to get Bush and Carter.)

Kurt Elling is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of our time. He's recorded nine albums, received eight Grammy nominations and won his first Grammy Award last year for a live album of music by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

Duke Ellington's orchestra was one of a host of jazz acts that appeared regularly at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The bandleader wrote more than 1,000 compositions — many that remain jazz standards today.

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Ever since he moved to New York a little over 10 years ago, author Teju Cole knew that he wanted to write about the city, with the general structure of a character walking and walking around the metropolis and making discoveries. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, he says, he suddenly found the freedom to write this story. The result is Open City, a debut novel that has met with high praise and is being called a new landmark in post-Sept. 11 fiction.

On-Air Challenge

Every answer is a word or phrase in which the first syllable is E-U. For example, give the clue "Holy Communion," the answer would be "Eucharist."

Last Week's Challenge

Name two things an airplane does. Each of these is a single word. Put them together, one after the other, to make a compound word that names something it's nice to have as big as possible. What is this thing?

Answer: Bankroll

Winner: Linda Yurche of Baltimore

Next Week's Challenge

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