Will Shortz

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A Puzzle Full Of Air

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Every answer today is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. For example, given AR plus ROB, the answer would be "arbor."


Sunday Puzzle: S.V. You

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name, with the initials S.V. For example, given "noted Idaho ski resort," you would say "Sun Valley."


Finding The Pieces To Form A New Nation

Sunday, January 11, 2015

For each familiar two-word phrase and name, take one or more letters from the start of the first word plus one or more letters from the start of the second word to name a country.


A Winter Puzzle To Brrring In The New Year

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Given a clue, each response is a two-word answer with the first word starting with B-R and the second word starting with R.


Newsworthy Names Of 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Do you remember who was in the news this year? Given the name of someone who first popped up in the news in 2014, explain who that person is.


What's That Puzzling Toy Under The Christmas Tree?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Every answer is the name of a kid's toy that one might give for Christmas. Some are brand names, some are generic. Identify them from their anagrams.

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A Puzzle Worth A Fortune

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Every answer is the name of a Fortune 200 company —that is, one of the top 200 corporations, according to the 2014 list in Fortune magazine.


Just Say No, N-O

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initial letters N and O.


This Puzzle Is A Blast!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

This week we're playing a game based on the word "blast." Given a category, name something in the category starting with each letter: B-L-A-S-T.


Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category.


Don't Get Dizzy While You're Busy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Every answer today is a rhyming two-word phrase in which each word has two syllables and the first word ends with a doubled consonant plus the letter Y.


Making Ends Meet

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Given a category, name something whose first two letters are the first and last letters of the category. For example, given "Animal," you would say "Alligator" or "Alpaca."


What's In A Name? A Country, Apparently

Sunday, November 02, 2014

For each famous name given, change either the first or last letter of the last name to a new letter, and rearrange the result to name a country.


Take This Job And Puzzle It

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A series of sentences will be given; each one contains a blank. Put the name of an occupation in the blank to complete the sentence in a punny way.


Time To Flex Those Math Muscles

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get ready to crunch some numbers from the works of the late Martin Gardner, longtime "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American.


Coming To TV This Fall: Anagrams!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Every answer is the name of a popular prime-time TV series from this century, on either broadcast or cable. Identify the shows from their anagrams.


This Week, A Pretty Lepidoptera

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The word cho means "beautiful" in Korean and "butterfly" in Japanese. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name based around "cho."


A Puzzle Cheer: Give Me An 'A'!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

This week, we've got clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to phonetically get the second one.


Stuck In The Middle With Clues

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Given a five-letter word, insert two new letters between the second and third letters of the given word to complete a common seven-letter word.


The Puzzle And The Pea

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable "pee" — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end.