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Will Shortz

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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-.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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From Gangland To San Fran, Here's A Puzzle With A Grand Plan

Sunday, February 07, 2016

On-air challenge: Every answer given in this week's puzzle is a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase in which each part contains the consecutive letters A-N.

For example: Steinway product --> GRAND PIANO.

Last week's challenge, from listener Michael Shteyman of Odenton, Md.: Take the name of a country ...

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Stuck In The Middle With U — Or A, Or B ...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some six-letter words. For each one, insert two letters in the exact center to complete a familiar eight-letter word.

For example: ACCENT --> ACCIDENT.

Last week's challenge, from listener Fred Piscop of Bellmore, N.Y.: Take these three phrases:

Turkey breast
Ski slope

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Shake Off The Wintry Weather, And Warm Up With A Puzzle

Sunday, January 24, 2016

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you a clue for a word that has two Os. Change both Os to Es to get the answer to the second clue.

For example: Sport played on horseback / Brazilian soccer legend --> POLO, PELE.

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge was an ...

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It May Be Topsy-Turvy, But This Puzzle Still Invites Categorization

Sunday, January 17, 2016

On-air challenge: I'm going to name a category. You name something in the category whose first two letters are the last two letters of the category's name.

For example: Vegetable --> Leek or lettuce.

Last week's challenge, from listener Sandy Weisz of Chicago: Weisz runs something called The Mystery League, ...

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Looking For Something To Wear? Just Scramble Some Letters

Sunday, January 10, 2016

On-air challenge: Every answer this week is the name of an article of apparel — something to wear. Name the items from the anagram given.

Example: LOOP --> POLO.

Last week's challenge: This was a variation on the old word-ladder puzzle. The object is to change WHOLE to HEART by ...

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O Say Can You See, What The 2 Blanks Might Be?

Sunday, January 03, 2016

On-air challenge: Each of the following sentences has two blanks. The first word has the letter O somewhere in it. Double the O to get the second word, which completes the sentence.

Example: In math class, my PROF asked me to find the shortest PROOF.

1. To get to an ...

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Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, At Least Recall These Headline-Grabbers

Sunday, December 27, 2015

On-air challenge: It's the end of the year, so it's time for a challenge featuring the names of people who made news in 2015. For each description given, name the person (or people) described.

  1. Transgender woman and Olympic gold medal winner in the decathlon, formerly known as Bruce ...

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Yule Never Guess The Theme To This Week's Song-Filled Puzzle

Sunday, December 20, 2015

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a Christmas carol or song — mostly carols. Answer the questions.

For example: What's the title of a Christmas carol or song that sounds like a member of King Arthur's Round Table who won't speak?

Last week's challenge, from from listener ...

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