Sunday Puzzle: Find The Hidden Word

Jul 18, 2021

On-air challenge: Every answer today is an 8-letter word that consists of a 3-letter word inserted inside a 5-letter word. I'll give you a clue to the 3-letter word as well as the 5-letter word itself. You tell me the 8-letter word.

Ex. Part of the mouth + AREN'T --> ARGUMENT
1. Aged + DRUMS
2. Perform on stage + PRICE
3. Bone in the chest + MOUND
4. Sprinted + WARTY
5. Make a knot + FORTH
6. Long period of time + OPTIC
7. Vehicle for movers + RELET
8. Spoil, as food + PRUDE
9. Health resort + TRESS

Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Peter Collins, of Ann Arbor, Mich. Think of a country. Embedded in consecutive letters is a well-known brand name. The first, second, eighth and ninth letters of the country, in order, spell a former competitor of that brand. Name the country and the brands.

Challenge answer: Saudi Arabia --> Audi and Saab

Winner: Daniel Rochberg from Washington, D.C.

This week's challenge: From Joseph Young, of St. Cloud, Minn., who conducts the blog "Puzzleria." Take the name of a flower that has a common girl's name in consecutive letters inside it. Remove that name, and the remaining letters, in order, sound like another girl's name. What flower is it?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, July 22, 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: Good morning, Lulu.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Remind us of last week's challenge.

SHORTZ: Yeah, it came from listener Peter Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich. I said, think of a country. Embedded in consecutive letters is a well-known brand name. The first, second, eighth and ninth letters of the country in order spell a former competitor of that brand. Name the country and the brands. And the answer is Saudi Arabia. Hidden inside with those letters are Audi and Saab.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received over 1,600 correct responses. And the winner this week is Daniel Rochberg of Washington, D.C.. Hello.

DANIEL ROCHBERG: Hello. Thanks for having me.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is great to have you. How did you figure it out?

ROCHBERG: So I started playing this with my kids in the car last fall. And so it's become a bit of a tradition for us. And we'd gotten the Bahrain answer several weeks back. And so we're working our way through countries. We're driving off to camp. And my oldest kid said, what about Bahrain? And we tried that, didn't work. And then that got us in the Middle East. So then I thought of Saudi Arabia. And we did the math, and we got Saab. And we started looking we found Audi, and we flipped out. And then we went ahead and submitted, fully expecting that we would not get a call and not have to argue about who gets the puzzle books and lapel pin, but apparently, we were wrong.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) What was it like when you did get the call?

ROCHBERG: It was great. And, Lulu, I think it was last week that you mentioned that you had to try several people before someone picked up. So I was...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I did.

ROCHBERG: My phone rang, and it was an unknown number, and I was about to let it go through. But then I thought, wait, but last week, Lulu said...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Lulu's voice was in my head.

ROCHBERG: I better answer this call. And I was actually - that was good that you did that. So I was thrilled and totally surprised. So...

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, are you ready to play?

ROCHBERG: I think so. I hope so.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: All right, Daniel. Every answer today is an eight-letter word that consists of a three-letter word inserted inside a five-letter word. I'll give you a clue to the three-letter word, as well as the five-letter word itself. You tell me the eight-letter word. For example, if I said part of the mouth and aren't - A-R-E-N-T - you would say argument because part of the mouth is gum, and you insert gum inside aren't. You get argument.

ROCHBERG: Got it.

SHORTZ: OK, number one is aged. You're looking for a three-letter word meaning aged and put it inside drums - D-R-U-M-S.

ROCHBERG: Inside drums. Let's see. So old but then...

SHORTZ: Yes. And put that inside drums. What do you get?

ROCHBERG: Doldrums.

SHORTZ: Doldrums. You got it. We're off and running. Number two, perform on stage. And the five-letter word is price - P-R-I-C-E.

ROCHBERG: So practice.

SHORTZ: That's it. A bone in a chest, mound - M-O-U-N-D.

ROCHBERG: Oh, I was trying to do rib.

SHORTZ: Yeah, rib, is it? Yes. And...

ROCHBERG: Moribund, moribund.

SHORTZ: Moribund. You got it. Sprinted. And it goes inside warty - W-A-R-T-Y.

ROCHBERG: Sprinted - ran. warranty.

SHORTZ: Warranty is it. To make a knot, forth - F-O-R-T-H.

ROCHBERG: Fortieth.

SHORTZ: Excellent. A long period of time, optic - O-P-T-I-C.

ROCHBERG: Operatic.

SHORTZ: Excellent. Vehicle for movers, relet - R-E-L-E-T.

ROCHBERG: Relevant.

SHORTZ: Uh-huh. To spoil as food, prude - P-R-U-D-E.

ROCHBERG: Oh, man, so to spoil, you've got rot.

SHORTZ: That's it, yeah, yeah.

ROCHBERG: So protrude.

SHORTZ: Protrude, is it. Yes. And your last one is a health resort.

ROCHBERG: Uh-huh.

SHORTZ: And your word is tress - T-R-E-S-S.

ROCHBERG: So trespass.

SHORTZ: Trespass. Good job.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You were fantastic. How do you feel?

ROCHBERG: Relieved and grateful for the opportunity. That was really fun.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: No, you were really, really great. And for playing our puzzle today, you will get to fight over a WEEKEND EDITION lapel pin, as well as puzzle books and games. You can read all about it at npr.org/puzzle. And, Daniel, which member station do you listen to?

ROCHBERG: Currently listen to WAMU. And just moved from Georgia, where I listen to WABE and GPB.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Well, welcome to D.C. That's our hometown station. Daniel Rochberg of Washington, D.C., thanks so much for playing The Puzzle.

ROCHBERG: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, Will, what is next week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes, the challenge comes from Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn., who conducts the blog Puzzleria! Take the name of a flower that has a common girl's name in consecutive letters inside it. Remove that name, and the remaining letters in order sound like another girl's name. What flower is it? So again, name of a flower, has a common girl's name in consecutive letters inside it. Remove that name, and the remaining letters in order sound like another girl's name. What flower 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, July 22 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 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.

ROCHBERG: Thank you, Lulu.

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