Will Shortz

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Welcome To An Affair Of Phrases, Each Entwined By A Tiny 'Of'

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Every answer this week consists of two familiar phrases in the form "___ of ___." In each case, the first word of the two phrases is the same. We offer the ending words; you tell us the full phrases.


A Pair O' Definitions For A Pile Of 'Para' Puns

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Every answer this week is a word that starts with the prefix "para-." First, that word will be defined in a regular way and then in a punny way. You answer with the word that's being defined.


This Puzzle Packs Syllables Into Small Spaces

Sunday, June 12, 2016

For every prompt in this week's puzzle, answer with a word or name that has three syllables in four letters.


To Solve This Puzzle Let's Do Some Math, 5 Plus 2 Equals?

Sunday, June 05, 2016

NPR's Rachel Martin and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play the puzzle with David Lefkowitz of Los Angeles.


To Solve This Puzzle, You Must Name A Person Of Fame

Friday, June 03, 2016

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges Daniel Rosenblum and NPR's Rachel Martin to a celebrity quiz in this week's puzzle.


Straight Out Of The Funny Papers, Here Are A Few Cartoon Conundrums

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Every answer this week is the name of a newspaper comic strip or cartoon, past or present. Identify the funnies from their anagrams.


Looking For Common Ground? Sometimes All It Takes Is 3 Letters

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Given two kinds of people or things, name something they both do — in three letters. For example, a false witness and a person in bed both lie.


Want To Find A Synonym? Better Get To Shufflin'

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Given a four-letter word and a six-letter word in this week's puzzle, rearrange the letters of one of them to get a synonym of the other.


Follow The Rhyme To Solve The Mystery Of The Missing Pair

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Every answer this week is a phrase in the form "___ and ___." We give you rhymes for the two missing words; you complete the phrases.


Finish This Puzzle, And You'll Be Just Like Overachievers: You Both Exceed

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Every answer this week is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in "X" and the second starts with "C" (as in XC, the Roman numeral for 90).


What Do You Get When A City Slicker Drops His Vowels?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Answer: the Sunday Puzzle! In each word given this week, ignore the vowels. The consonants in each word are the same consonants in the same order as in the name of a well-known American city.


Rearrange The Letters In These Names To Solve This Puzzle

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Every answer this week is an anagram of a six-letter girl's name. Take the name and the synonym and identify the anagram.


Got 2 Words In The Same Category? It's Rhymin' Time!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Every answer this week consists of two words in the same category that rhyme. Each clue will give you the initial letters, the words' lengths and the category. Name the things.


A Pair Of Fivers Holds The Key To Each Of This Week's Little Riddles

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Every answer in this week's puzzle is a five-letter word said twice, in two different meanings. Answer the clues to get the phrases.


First And Last Two Letters Are Key To Solve This Puzzle That's Not So Easy

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Every answer this week takes the last two letters from a category chosen to create a new word.


Feeling Puzzled? Just Take An Amble Down D St.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Every answer this week is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in -D and the second word starts with ST-.


5 Letters With Which To Play, Here's A Puzzle To Blow You Away

Sunday, March 06, 2016

On-air challenge:

In a series of categories, name something in the category starting with each of the letters W-I-N-D-S. Any answer that works is fine, and you can give the answers in any order.

For example: Two-Syllable Girls' Names --> Wilma, Ingrid, Nancy, Donna, and Suzanne.

Last ...


And This Puzzle's Winner Is ...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of a movie that has won in one of the top four categories at the Oscars: best picture, best director, best actor or best actress. Every answer is a solid word or name. Identify the movies from their anagrams.

For example: Go Asunder ...


The Phrase Or Name Is Familiar: Try This Puzzle And See What They Are

Sunday, February 21, 2016

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in the letter -E, and the second word starts GO-.

For example: Something you might say when you're about to take a plunge --> HERE GOES.

Last week's challenge: Name something to eat. ...


Take One Letter Away, And Here's A Puzzle To Marry Two Words All Day

Sunday, February 14, 2016

On-air challenge: Change one letter of each word and rearrange the result to get a new word that can follow it, to complete a common two-word phrase.

For example: FALL ... changing one of the L's to a T --> FLAT: Fall Flat.

Last week's challenge, based on an idea ...