On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a classic dessert in two or more words. I'll tell you the number of letters in the words and the first two letters of each word. You name the desserts.
Ex. [5,7] PE- CO- --> Peach cobbler
1. [3,5,8] IC- CR- SA-
2. [6,4,4] DE- FO- CA-
3. [5,8,3] LE- ME- PI-
4. [7,6,6] OA- RA- CO-
5. [3,5,6] HO- FU- SU-
6. [9,6] CH- MO-
7. [6,5] BA- SP-
8. [5,6] BA- AL-
9. [6,5] SA- TO-
10. [5,5] AP- CR-
11. [8,7] CH- JU-
12. [10,9] ST- SH-
Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Chris Rohrer, of St. Paul, Minn. What familiar 10-letter word contains a silent B, E, and O — not necessarily in that order. And those three letters don't have to be consecutive in the word.
Challenge Answer: Subpoenaed
Winner: Chris Towles of Pfafftown, N.C.
This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Peter Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich. Name a well-known game in 8 letters. Drop the fifth letter. Move the first letter into the vacated spot ... and you'll spell, in order, part of the human body. What game is it, and what's the body part?
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, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. ET.
A previous version on this puzzle featured the wrong challenge for this week. The information has been updated.
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: Good morning, Lulu.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good morning. So what was last week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yeah. It came from listener Chris Rohrer of St. Paul, Minn. I asked, what familiar 10-letter word contains a silent B, E, and O - not necessarily in that order or consecutively? And the answer is a weird word. It's subpoenaed - S-U-B-P-O-E-N-A-E-D.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received over 600 correct responses. And the winner this week is Chris Towles of Pfafftown, N.C. Congratulations.
CHRIS TOWLES: Oh, thank you.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So how'd you solve the puzzle?
TOWLES: Well, I started to think about how the vowel had to be probably connected to another vowel. And then I thought about the word subtle 'cause, sometimes, I say sub-tle just for fun.
TOWLES: And so - started looking along that way.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: So how long have you been playing?
TOWLES: I'm not sure exactly. Maybe about a year or two. I play with my family in the car.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, a new listener. Nice. We like it. We like it. And what do you do?
TOWLES: I am the Baptist minister at Wake Forest University. And I teach in the divinity school there.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Fantastic. Well, welcome. We are very happy to have you. And, you know, are you ready to play?
TOWLES: Yes, yes.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter). Yes, yes. OK. Good. All right. Take it away, Will.
SHORTZ: All right, Chris. Every answer today is the name of a classic dessert in two or more words. I'll tell you the number of letters in the words and the first two letters of each word. You name the desserts. For example, if I said five, seven, P-E, C-O, you would say peach cobbler.
SHORTZ: Number one - three, five, eight. The first word starts I-C. The second word starts C-R. And the third word starts S-A.
TOWLES: OK. So it looks like ice cream and maybe...
SHORTZ: And then eight-letter thing.
TOWLES: ...Ice cream sandwich.
SHORTZ: There you go. Good one.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good job.
SHORTZ: Number two is six, four, four - D-E, that's D is a dog - D-E, F-O, that's F as in Frank, C-A, C as in Charles.
TOWLES: All right. Let's see. D-E, F-O, C-A. How about devil's food cake?
SHORTZ: Devil's food cake. Good one. Five, eight, three - L-E, M-E, P-I - P as in Peter.
TOWLES: Lemon meringue pie?
SHORTZ: Oh, that was fast. Seven, six, six - O-A, R-A, C-O - C as in Charles.
TOWLES: OK. O-A - how about oatmeal raisin cookie?
SHORTZ: That's it. Three, five, six - H-O, F-U - F as in Frank - S U - S as in Sue.
TOWLES: All right - hot fudge sundae.
SHORTZ: Very good. Try nine, six - C...
GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is making me hungry.
SHORTZ: I know. Me, too.
SHORTZ: C-H, M-O - M as in Mary.
TOWLES: Chocolate mousse.
SHORTZ: That's it. Six, five - B-A - B as in boy - S-P - S as in Sam, P as in Peter.
TOWLES: B-A, six letters - banana split.
SHORTZ: That's it. Five, six - first one is B-A, just like the last one, and A-L.
TOWLES: B-A and A-L - trying to think of all the good desserts that we can have.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You set it on fire.
SHORTZ: And it's the name of a state.
TOWLES: Oh, baked Alaska?
SHORTZ: Baked Alaska is it. All right. Try this one. Five, five - A-P - P as in Peter, C-R.
TOWLES: Apple crunch?
SHORTZ: You need a five for the C-R.
TOWLES: Oh, oh, oh. Wait, hold on. A-P...
SHORTZ: Yeah. And it's...
SHORTZ: There you go - apple crisp, yes. Eight, seven - C-H, J-U.
TOWLES: C-H, J-U. Let's see, is that going to be - let's see, chocolate...
SHORTZ: Not chocolate.
TOWLES: ...And J - OK. Let's see.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: It's a fruit.
TOWLES: A fruit that starts with letter C.
SHORTZ: Yes, starts with C-H.
TOWLES: Oh, cherries - oh, let's see.
TOWLES: Cherries jubilee?
SHORTZ: Cherries jubilee is it.
SHORTZ: And here's your last one. Ten, nine. S-T - S as in Sam, T as in Thomas...
TOWLES: All right, strawberry shortcake.
SHORTZ: That is it.
SHORTZ: Good job.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: You must have a sweet tooth. How do you feel?
TOWLES: Oh, man - feel great.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: Yeah. You did a really great job. 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, Chris, which member station do you listen to?
TOWLES: I listen to WFDD in Winston-Salem.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's Chris Towles of Pfafftown, N.C. Thank you so much for playing The Puzzle.
TOWLES: Thank you so much.
GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?
SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Peter Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich. Name a well-known game in eight letters. Drop the fifth letter. Move the first letter into the vacated spot, and you'll spell, in order, part of the human body. What game is it? And what's the body part? So, again, a well-known game in eight letters. Drop the fifth letter. Move the first letter into that vacated spot, and you'll spell, in order, part of the human body. What 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 per person, please. Our deadline for entries is Thursday, February 27 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: Thanks, Lulu.
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