On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words and a category. Name something in the category whose letters can be found in left-to-right order in the word — although not consecutively. Every answer has 5 letters.
Example: HUMANOID — World capital ---> HANOI
1. AVENUES — Planet
2. BIODIESEL — State capital
3. UNDERSHRUB — Prime minister of India
4. HOGSHEAD — Book of the Old Testament
5. COMING OUT — African river
6. OCCUPIED — One of Santa's reindeer
Last week's challenge: Name a profession in 13 letters that is associated with a particular 5-letter country. The letters of that country appear in left-to-right order, although not consecutively, in that profession's name. What is it?
Hint: The profession is a single word.
Challenge answer: Hieroglyphist --> Egypt
Winner: Jared Voss of Medford, Mass.
This week's challenge: This week's challenge is not so hard. It comes from Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn. Take a common English word in 3 letters. Translate it into French — also 3 letters. (The French word is one everyone knows.) And between them these two words consist of 6 different vowels and no consonants. What words are these?
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, May 30 at 3 p.m. ET.
SUSAN DAVIS, HOST:
And it's time to play The Puzzle.
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DAVIS: Joining us is Will Shortz. He's puzzle editor of The New York Times and WEEKEND EDITION's puzzlemaster.
WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Sue.
DAVIS: All right, Will, remind us of last week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yeah, it was a tough one. I said name a profession in 13 letters that's associated with a particular five-letter country. I said the letters of that country appear in left to right order, although not consecutively, in that profession's name. What is it? And I said the profession is a single word. Well, the answer is hieroglyphist...
DAVIS: Oof (ph).
SHORTZ: ...Which is associated with Egypt. And the letters E-G-Y-P-T are in left-to-right order - thought very hard - long and hard. We had a number of listeners send in industrialist, which holds India - didn't decide. And I didn't think industrialist was quite closely connected enough to India but that was almost. And some people sent in sheep-shearing to Spain and quartermaster to Qatar, which I thought were interesting but not quite on target enough.
DAVIS: That was a pretty tough puzzle.
DAVIS: Well, we received 215 responses, and our winner this week is Jared Voss of Medford, Mass. Congratulations, and welcome to the program.
JARED VOSS: Thank you.
DAVIS: Jared, how did you figure out the week's challenge?
VOSS: Well, I started trying to think of any professions that were associated with a specific country and vice versa. And then I thought of Egypt, and then I just kind of looked at words related to ancient Egypt. And I thought I made up a new profession.
DAVIS: My sources tell me you also play The Puzzle with your wife Angela, who actually played on air back in February.
VOSS: Yes, she did. She did excellent, so I have big shoes to fill.
DAVIS: Well, you know what they say about the couples that puzzle together.
DAVIS: Well, Jared, are you ready to play The Puzzle?
VOSS: I am.
DAVIS: Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Jared and Sue, I'm going to give you some words and a category. Name something in the category whose letters can be found in left-to-right order in the word, although not consecutively. And I'll tell you every answer has five letters. For example, if I said humanoid and a world capital, you would say Hanoi because Hanoi is a world capital, and it's - those letters are found in left-to-right order in humanoid.
SHORTZ: Number one is avenues, and you're looking for a planet.
SHORTZ: Venus is it. Number two is biodiesel - B-I-O-D-I-E-S-E-L - biodiesel, and your category is state capital.
SHORTZ: Think of a state capital starting with B in five letters.
DAVIS: Oh, you're...
VOSS: This is a tough one.
SHORTZ: Yeah. Think about out West. And, Sue, I hear you.
SHORTZ: I know you have the answer.
DAVIS: Jared gave himself a clue when he said boy.
SHORTZ: Oh, yeah.
VOSS: Oh, Boise.
DAVIS: There you go.
SHORTZ: Boise - nice clue, Sue.
SHORTZ: I like that (laughter) - undershrub, prime minister of India.
SHORTZ: Prime minister of India.
VOSS: I have to - couldn't say. I don't know who the prime minister of India is.
SHORTZ: No, it's not the current one. That's the category. And I think it was the first prime minister of India.
VOSS: Oh, OK.
SHORTZ: Starts with N.
VOSS: I am going to have to pass on this one. I don't know.
SHORTZ: All right, I'll tell you. You're going to kick yourself, though. It's Nehru - N-E-H-R-U.
DAVIS: That was a tough one.
SHORTZ: Hog's head, book of the Old Testament.
VOSS: I need a hint there.
SHORTZ: It starts with H.
SHORTZ: Hosea is it, good.
DAVIS: Very good.
SHORTZ: There you go - coming out, African river.
VOSS: Well, it's not the Congo.
SHORTZ: Yes, it is Congo. Good.
VOSS: Is it? Wait. Oh, coming out. Oh, there it is. OK, I see. I couldn't read my own handwriting.
SHORTZ: (Laughter) And here's your last one - occupied, one of Santa's reindeer.
VOSS: Oh, Cupid.
SHORTZ: Cupid is it. Good job.
DAVIS: All right. Great job, Jared. How do you feel?
VOSS: That was - oh, that was tough.
DAVIS: That was tough. You did pretty good, though. I think you missed all but - or you got all but one.
SHORTZ: I think so, yeah. Yeah.
VOSS: We'll go with that.
DAVIS: We'll go with that.
VOSS: We'll go with that.
DAVIS: For playing The Puzzle today, you will get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. Jared, which member station do you listen to?
DAVIS: That's Jared Voss of Medford, Mass. Thank you for playing The Puzzle.
VOSS: Thank you.
DAVIS: All right, Will. Tell us about next week's challenge.
SHORTZ: Yes, and it's not so hard. It comes from Joseph Young (ph) of St. Cloud, Minn. Take a common English word in three letters. Translate it into French - also three letters. And this is a French word everyone knows. And between them, these two words consist of six different vowels and no consonants. What words are these? So again, common English word in three letters; translate it into French - also three letters. And between them, these two words consist of six different vowels and no consonants. What words are these?
DAVIS: When you have the answer, go to our website npr.org/puzzle and click on the Submit Your Answer link. Remember; just one entry please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, May 30, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. 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.
Thank you so much, Will.
SHORTZ: Thank you, Sue.
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