Will Shortz

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One Word To Rule Them All, And In The Puzzle Bind Them

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Three words that start with the same letter will be presented in a group. Find a word that shares the same first letter as the three, and that can follow each word to forma new compound word.


Looking High And Low For Middle C

Sunday, April 06, 2014

This puzzle is called "Middle C." For each prompt or clue, think of a common three-syllable word or name in which the middle syllable is pronounced "cee."


Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Since April Fool's Day is coming up on Tuesday, the challenge questions are all April Fool-ish. Each one has appeared in a past year of the Old Farmer's Almanac, and each has a legitimate answer.


Changing The World One Letter At A Time

Sunday, March 23, 2014

For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name.


Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A series of paired words will be provided. For each pair think of a third word that can follow the first one and precede the second to complete a familiar two-word phrase. Every answer stars with "W."


A High Five On The Seven Seas

Sunday, March 09, 2014

For each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter word.


Let's All Go To The Lobby, To Get Ourselves A Treat

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or title containing the consecutive letters L-E-T. Specifically, the first word will end in L-E and the second word will start with T.


Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name.


Get Ready To Flip Your Lid

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Today's puzzle is "One, Two, Three — Flip!" The answer will come in the form of two words, and for each word you'll get a clue beforehand. Reverse the order of the first three letters of the first word to get the second word.


Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-A vowel sound (as in "break"), and the second word has a long-U vowel sound (as in "loose").


Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero

Sunday, February 02, 2014

For each single letter given, recombine it with the letters in the word "ZERO" to spell a new word. For example, ZERO plus F would be "FROZE."


Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

For each word given, name a synonym in which the first two letters are the same as the second and third letters of the given word. For example, spin and pirouette.


Three B's Bring You To One

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Name a word that, when combined with three words beginning with the letter B, completes a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "brew," "body" and "base," you would say "home" (home-brew, homebody, home base).


A's On Either End

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Every answer is a word that begins and ends with the letter A. You'll be given an anagram of the letters between the A's. For example, given "ern," the answer would be, "arena."


Two Times Harder

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Every answer is a pair of two-syllable words. The first syllable of the word answering the first clue has the letters A-R, pronounced "are." Change these phonetically to "er," and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue.


Now You Know Them

Sunday, December 29, 2013

You will be given some names that you probably never heard of before 2013, but that were in the news during the past 12 months. You name who the people are.


Follow Santa Claus' Lead

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which, like Santa Claus, the first word starts with the letters S-A, and the second word starts with C.


Word Up: Youth Fills in the Blanks as Crosswords Turn 100

Friday, December 20, 2013

Crosswords are a hundred years young as a new generation of constructors adds LOL and more.


When Push Comes To Shove

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Every answer is a five-letter word. You'll be given a clue for the word. Besides giving you a direct hint to the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "push over hard," you would say "shove."


Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Every answer is the name of a famous person whose first and last names start with the same consonant or group of consonants. You're given rhymes for the two names. You name the people. For example, if given "cycle four," the answer would be "Michael Moore."