Will Shortz

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3 + 3 = 8? It Does In This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, August 28, 2016

You'll be asked to take two 3-letter words that are part of an 8-letter word. You have to figure out the entire word.


Name That Celebrity! All You Have To Do Is Rhyme

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This week, each answer is a famous person's name. Each name rhymes with a made-up two-word phrase.


The End Remains The Same. All You've Got To Do Is Find It

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Given the first words of familiar three-word phrases that have "of" in the middle and the same words at the end, find the final word in the phrase.


Head To R-I-O For This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, August 07, 2016

In the spirit of the Olympics, every answer this week is a word or name containing the consecutive letters R-I-O.


Hoping For 2 Of A Kind? Better Mix Things Up A Bit

Sunday, July 31, 2016

In this week's Sunday Puzzle, you'll get two four-letter words. Rearrange the letters in each of them to make two synonyms. For example, newt and felt could be rearranged to get went and left.


Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

When NPR's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz, lists three words starting with the letters H, O and T, the answer's a word that can follow each to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.


Better Get Revved Up For A Puzzle Stuffed With V's And E's

Sunday, July 17, 2016

In this week's puzzle, you'll get two clues for two words. Insert the letters V-E somewhere inside the first word to get the second one.


Prepare For Double Trouble In This Week's Puzzle — And A Swarm Of B's

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Every answer in this week's puzzle is a word with a double-B, like "rabbit." Rearrange the letters in the word provided to get the answer.


Just In Time For The 4th, Here's A Puzzle Tailor-Made For The Patio

Sunday, July 03, 2016

With the Fourth of July and cookouts on our mind, here's a game of categories based on the word PATIO. For each category, name an item in the category starting with the letters P, A, T, I and O.


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.