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Sunday Puzzle: Oscars Night

Feb 24, 2019

On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of an Academy Awards best actress winner from over the years — except I've anagrammed their last names. You name the actresses.

Example: Emma NOTES --> Emma Stone (La La Land, 2016)

1. Julianne ROMEO

2. Meryl PESTER

3. Natalie TRAMP ON

4. Kate LET'S WIN

5. Holly THE URN

6. Jodie FOREST

7. Sally FIDEL

8. Diane A TOKEN

9. Barbra TARDINESS

10. Julie WANDERS

11. Simone TOE RINGS

12. Helen AH YES

Last week's challenge: The numbers one, 12, 80, and million have something in common that only one other number has. What is it ... and what's the other number?

Challenge answer: The numbers appear in the Oscar-winning movies One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (or It Happened One Night), 12 Years a Slave, Around the World in 80 Days, and Million Dollar Baby. The only other number to appear in a Oscar-winning film title is the Roman numeral "II" in The Godfather Part II.

Winner: Steve Fayne of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

This week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Roger Barkan of Savage, Md. I'm thinking of a well-known U.S. natural landmark. Take the two-word name of its location. Then change the first letter of the second word to the immediately previous letter of the alphabet, and you'll get another description of the landmark's location. What's the landmark, and what are the two descriptions of its location?

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, Feb. 28 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. Good morning, Will.

WILL SHORTZ, BYLINE: Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Tell us last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yes. And I tell you, it's one of my all-time favorite, original puzzles - turned out to be a tough one, too. Yeah. I said the numbers one, 12, 80 and million have something in common that only one other number has. What is it? And what's the other number? These numbers appear in the Oscar-winning movies "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," also "It Happened One Night," "12 Years A Slave," "Around The World In 80 Days" and "Million Dollar Baby." And the only other number to appear in an Oscar-winning film title is the roman numeral II in "The Godfather: Part II." So that's the answer.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That is a great, great challenge. And we only received about 170 responses because it was so hard. And our winner this week is Steve Fayne of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Congratulations.

STEVE FAYNE: Thank you, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: So how did you solve it?

FAYNE: Well, for me, the number that didn't really fit as much was 80. Eighty didn't seem to be that common of a number. So the more I thought about it, suddenly, "Around The World In 80 Days" popped into my head. And the rest of it was easy.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Are you a big movie buff?

FAYNE: Oh, we're - my wife and I are monster movie buffs.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

FAYNE: We make every effort possible to go to a movie in the theater every week. So we see a lot of films in the course of a year.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And what do you do for a living?

FAYNE: This year marks 40 years in casino operations.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Oh, wow. Congratulations. How long have you been playing The Puzzle?

FAYNE: Probably for about 15, 20 years off and on. But in the last five or six years with the help of a good friend at work, who's been able to scribble down the puzzles when I could not hear them - we've been solving it every week. And I've learned at a late stage that I don't have to rely on his help anymore. I can...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

FAYNE: ...Get them online and play The Puzzle back myself, which I'd much prefer to reading it. Your show is fantastic.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Well, here we go. Are you ready to play The Puzzle?

FAYNE: I think so.

SHORTZ: All right. Steve, with tonight being the Oscars, I thought I'd bring an Oscar-related puzzle. Every answer is the name of a best actress winner from over the years, except I've anagrammed their last names. You name the actresses. For example, if I said Emma Notes - N-O-T-E-S - you'd say Emma Stone, who won for "La La Land" in 2016.

FAYNE: Got it.

SHORTZ: OK. Number one is Julianne Romeo (ph).

FAYNE: That's Moore - Julianne Moore.

SHORTZ: Julianne Moore, right. She won for "Still Alice" in 2014 - Meryl Pester (ph).

FAYNE: That's Meryl Streep. There's only one.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter).

SHORTZ: Two-time winner - Natalie Trampon (ph).

FAYNE: That's Portman.

SHORTZ: That's right - Natalie Portman.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: This is my favorite puzzle ever.

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SHORTZ: Thank you, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You've got an endorsement from me, Will, this week.

SHORTZ: (Laughter) Thank you - Kate Letswin (ph).

FAYNE: A favorite of mine - Kate Winslet.

SHORTZ: That's it - "The Reader," 2008. Holly Theurn - that's T-H-E-U-R-N.

FAYNE: T-H-E.

SHORTZ: The urn - U-R-N.

FAYNE: Oh, Hepburn.

SHORTZ: Oh, no, no. Let me say the letters again. Holly, and then T as in Thomas - Theurn.

FAYNE: Oh, Hunter - Holly Hunter.

SHORTZ: Holly Hunter is right. She won for "The Piano" - Jodie Forest (ph).

FAYNE: Jodie Foster.

SHORTZ: That's it. She won two times - "Silence Of The Lambs" (ph) and "The Accused." Sally Fidel (ph).

FAYNE: Sally Field.

SHORTZ: That's it. She won twice also for "Places In The Heart" and "Norma Rae" - Diane Atoken (ph).

FAYNE: Diane Keaton.

SHORTZ: Barbra Tardiness (ph).

FAYNE: Must be Barbra Streisand.

SHORTZ: That's it - "Funny Girl," 1968. Julie Wanders - W-A-N-D-E-R-S.

FAYNE: Julie Andrews.

SHORTZ: Here's a tough one for some people, maybe. Simone Toerings - T-O-E-R-I-N-G-S.

FAYNE: I believe that's Simone Signoret.

SHORTZ: Nice job - "Room At The Top," 1959. And your last one is Helen Ahyes - A-H-Y-E-S.

FAYNE: Helen Hayes.

SHORTZ: That's it - 1931, '32.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You really are a fan of the movies. Good job.

FAYNE: (Laughter).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You did so well.

FAYNE: This really was in my wheelhouse.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It really was in your wheelhouse. I got to say I would've done great, too. I love this.

SHORTZ: (Laughter).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I'm a huge movie fan. And I loved this puzzle. But you did so well. How do you feel?

FAYNE: I feel great. This is such an honor being able to take part in a show I enjoy so much.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Aww. Well, we're so happy to have you. And for playing our puzzle today, you'll get a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, as well as puzzle books and games - no tickets to the Oscars. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And what member station do you listen to?

FAYNE: WHYY in Philadelphia, where I'm a member.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Steve Fayne of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., thank you for playing The Puzzle.

FAYNE: Thank you, Lulu. And thank you, Will.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will. What's next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes. It comes from listener Roger Barkan of Savage, Md. I'm thinking of a well-known U.S. natural landmark. Take the two-word name of its location. Then change the first letter of the second word to the immediately previous letter of the alphabet. And you'll get another description of the landmark's location. What's the landmark? And what are the two descriptions of its location? So again, well-known U.S. natural landmark, two-word name of its location. Change the first letter of the second word to the immediately previous letter of the alphabet. And you'll get another description of the landmark's location. What's the landmark? And what are those two descriptions of its location?

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 28 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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