Sunday Puzzle: Supermarket Scramble

May 9, 2021
Originally published on May 9, 2021 10:11 am

On-air Challenge: Every answer today is something — or someone — you might see at a supermarket. Rearrange the given letters to get the answer.

Ex. I SEAL --> AISLE

1. LIED

2. BAR KEY

3. SOUPCON

4. A GERMAN

5. THE CURB

6. CHAMP RAY

7. PRO NIGHTCAPS

Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Evan Kalish, of Bayside, N.Y. Name a famous blues singer — first and last name as this person is generally known. Change the first letter to a "B," and phonetically you'll get a nationality. Who's the singer, and what's the nationality?

Challenge answer: "Ma" Rainey --> Bahraini

Winner: Haneef Pasha of Lawrenceville, Ga.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Jim Dale, of Plano, Texas. Think of a word with six syllables that's spelled with only 11 letters — and the four middle syllables have the same vowel. What word is it?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, May 13, at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you.

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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. Hi, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Hi, Lulu. Happy Mother's Day.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Thank you very much. Remind us of last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yes. It came from listener Evan Kalish of Bayside, N.Y. I said name a famous blues singer - first and last name as this person is generally known. Change the first letter to a B, and phonetically, you'll get a nationality. And the answer is Ma Rainey, as in the movie, "Ma Rainey's Blues" (ph). And change that first letter to a B, you get Bahrani.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received more than 2,400 correct responses and the winner this week is Haneef Pasha of Lawrenceville, Ga. Congratulations, and welcome to the program.

HANEEF PASHA: Hello. Happy Mother's Day, everyone.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Thank you. Thank you. I understand you had a special kind of collaborator on this puzzle.

PASHA: Yes, you are correct. My son, who's in sixth grade.

JACHOBY PASHA: Hi.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Hi (laughter). And he's on the line with us, too. And, Jachoby, how did you figure out this week's puzzle with your dad?

JACHOBY: I have an uncle who is in Bahrani, and my dad remembered the movie "Ma Rainey's Blues." So it just clicked for us.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Awesome. And, Haneef, how long have you been playing The Puzzle?

PASHA: So just a fair warning - if you have been playing the puzzle for a long time, please cover your ears.

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PASHA: Last weekend was the first weekend I heard The Puzzle.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: What? (Laughter) So this is the first weekend you played The Puzzle. You played it with your son. You actually put in the answer, and you're on the air.

PASHA: Yes. That is correct.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Haneef and Jachoby, are you ready to play The Puzzle?

JACHOBY: Yes.

PASHA: Yes, we are.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: Every answer today is something or someone you might see at a supermarket. Rearrange the letters to get the answer. For example, if I said I seal - I S-E-A-L - you would say aisle, which is an anagram of I seal. Here's No. 1. Lied - L-I-E-D.

PASHA: OK, Choby (ph), this is - let's walk through this together.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I can give you hints.

PASHA: Yes. What is the first hint?

JACHOBY: I - wait, I know. I know.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, OK.

PASHA: OK, go ahead.

SHORTZ: Go for it.

JACHOBY: L-I-D-E is - you could rearrange the letters to spell deli.

SHORTZ: Deli is it. No hint needed. Good job. No. 2, bar key - B-A-R-K-E-Y.

PASHA: Do you have that one, Jachoby?

JACHOBY: Not yet.

PASHA: I think that one would be bakery.

SHORTZ: Bakery - good job. No hint needed. No. 3 is soup con - S-O-U-P-C-O-N. I'll give you a small hint. It's a plural word.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It's something you use at the supermarket.

PASHA: I think...

JACHOBY: Coupons.

SHORTZ: Coupons - you got it. Your next one is a German - A-G-E-R-M-A-N.

JACHOBY: Manager.

SHORTZ: Manager - you see the manager. Good. The curb - T-H-E-C-U-R-B. Again, it's a person at a supermarket - would probably work in the back.

PASHA: How you doing on this one, Jachoby?

JACHOBY: It's harder.

PASHA: OK, let's try butcher.

SHORTZ: Butcher is it. Good job. Your next one is champ ray - C-H-A-M-P-R-A-Y - champ ray. And it's a section of a supermarket, a part of a supermarket where they don't sell food.

PASHA: I never heard a clue that made the answer harder.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) Yes. It's in a supermarket, but there's not food there.

SHORTZ: You need a hint on that one?

JACHOBY: Yes.

PASHA: Yes.

SHORTZ: Starts with a P.

JACHOBY: P - pharmacy.

SHORTZ: Pharmacy is it. Good one. And here's your last one, pro nightcaps - eight, four. And this is something that you might go around with as you visit the supermarket.

JACHOBY: Is the last word cart?

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yes, it is cart. What kind of cart do you take around?

PASHA: So here in the South, we just call it buggy.

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GARCIA-NAVARRO: But what are you doing when you're going to the supermarket? You're...

JACHOBY: Shopping.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You got it. But I think buggy's better.

PASHA: (Laughter).

SHORTZ: There you go.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did great. How do you feel?

PASHA: We feel wonderful. How do you feel, Jachoby?

JACHOBY: Good. It was nerve-wracking.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is nerve-wracking. It really is. 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. Haneef, which member station do you listen to?

PASHA: WABE 90.1.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Thank you so much, Haneef Pasha of Lawrenceville, Ga., and, of course, his son Jachoby for playing The Puzzle and for being the envy of everybody who has listened for many years to get on the air after one try. All right, Will, what is next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Jim Dale (ph) of Plano, Texas. Think of a word with six syllables that's spelled with only 11 letters, and the four middle syllables have the same vowel. What word is it? So again, a word with six syllables spelled with only 11 letters, and the four middle syllables have the same vowel. What word is it?

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 please per person. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 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 if you pick up the phone, 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: Thanks, Lulu.

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