Sunday Puzzle: PB And J Time

Mar 7, 2021

On-air Challenge: Today's puzzle is called "P B & J." I'm going to give you three words starting with the letters P, B and J. You give me a word that can follow each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Example: Parking, Back, Job --> LOT (parking lot, back lot, job lot)

3-letter answers:

1. Penalty, Boom, Juke

2. Power, Buzz, Jig

3. Present, Birth, Judgment

4. Pill, Bed, Jitter

4-letter answers:

5. Paddle, Basket, Jump

6. Plymouth, Bed, Jailhouse

5-letter answers:

7. Pogo, Broom, Joy

8. Pocket, Butter, Jack

9. Pinto, Baked, Jelly

6-letter answers:

10. Pickled, Bell, JalapeƱo

11. Puzzle, Brew, Jedi

Last week's challenge: This challenge came from from Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn. I'm looking for the names of two companies. One of them has a two-part name (5,5). The other has a three-part name (5,7,5). The last five-letter part of the two names is the same. And the first five-letter part of the first company's name is something the second company wants. What is it?

Challenge answer: Oscar Mayer / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Winner: Chris House of Annandale, Va.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Mark Scott, of Seattle. Think of a country with a one-word name. You can rearrange its letters to identify a member of one of our country's armed forces. Who is that, and what's the country?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, March 11, 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:

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: All right. What was last week's challenge?

SHORTZ: Yes, it came from Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn., who conducts the website Puzzleria! I said, I'm looking for the names of two companies. One of them has a two-part name - five, five. The other has a three-part name - five, seven, five. I said the last five-letter part of the two names is the same. And the first five-letter part of the first company's name is something the second company wants. What is it? Well, the companies are Oscar Mayer and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Of course, they both end in M-A-Y-E-R. And an Oscar is something that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer would probably like.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: We received over 600 correct responses. And the winner this week is Chris House of Annandale, Va.

Congratulations.

CHRIS HOUSE: Thank you.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: How'd you figure it out?

HOUSE: Well, I can't actually take credit for it. I work as part of a family team with my parents and younger sister. And credit this - for this puzzle goes for my father and my mother. They discovered it when they went out on a little bit of a shopping spree. And when they came home, it suddenly dawned on my father what the answer was.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And what was it like when you got the call?

HOUSE: Well, I did like last week's contestant of setting an alarm. And so I set an alarm for 10 minutes prior. And then when I got an alarm about 10 minutes later, I was shocked and awed, we'll say.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) I think the alarm is going to become a thing. All right. Are you ready to play?

HOUSE: I hope so.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right. Don't be nervous. You're going to do great. Take it away, Will.

SHORTZ: All right. Chris, today's puzzle is called PB and J. I'm going to give you three words starting with the letters P, B and J. You give me a word that can follow each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, if I said parking, back and job, you would say lot, as in parking lot, backlot and job lot.

HOUSE: OK.

SHORTZ: We'll start with three-letter answers. Here's your first one - penalty, boom, juke.

HOUSE: Box.

SHORTZ: That's correct - penalty box, boombox, jukebox. Number two is power, buzz, jig.

HOUSE: Saw.

SHORTZ: That's it. Present, birth, judgment.

HOUSE: Day.

SHORTZ: That's it. Pill, bed, jitter.

HOUSE: Must be bug.

SHORTZ: That's it. Now four-letter answers - paddle, basket, jump - four letters. And the one that starts with paddle is the name of a sport. In fact, the one starting with basket is also the name of a sport.

HOUSE: Oh, ball.

SHORTZ: That's it - paddle ball, basketball and jump ball. Plymouth, bed, jailhouse.

HOUSE: Rock.

SHORTZ: That's it. Now some five-letter answers - pogo, broom, joy.

HOUSE: Stick.

SHORTZ: Pocket, butter, jack. And jack blank is a kind of dive.

HOUSE: Jackknife.

SHORTZ: That's it - a pocketknife, butter knife, jackknife.

HOUSE: OK.

SHORTZ: How about pinto, baked, jelly?

HOUSE: Beans.

SHORTZ: That's it. And finally, we got some six-letter answers. Pickled, bell, jalapeno.

HOUSE: Pepper.

SHORTZ: That's it. And your last one - puzzle, brew, Jedi.

HOUSE: The only thing that comes to mind is night.

SHORTZ: Very close. Do you watch "Star Wars"? There is somebody who would be a Jedi blank.

HOUSE: Oh, master.

SHORTZ: Jedi master, brewmaster and puzzlemaster.

HOUSE: Oh, there you go.

SHORTZ: Good job.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That was great. How do you feel?

HOUSE: I survived.

SHORTZ: (Laughter).

GARCIA-NAVARRO: No, you did better than survive (laughter). 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?

HOUSE: I'm a member of WAMU in Washington, D.C.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Our hometown station. Chris House of Annandale, Va., thank you so much for playing The Puzzle.

HOUSE: Thank you.

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

SHORTZ: Yes, it comes from listener Mark Scott of Seattle. Think of a country with a one-word name. You can rearrange its letters to identify a member of one of our country's armed forces. Who is that and what's the country? So again, a country with a one-word name - rearrange its letters to identify a member of one of our country's armed forces. Who is it and what's the country?

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, March 11, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Include a phone number where we can reach you at about that time. And if you're the winner and you pick up the phone - so set an alarm - 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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