Will Shortz

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

Sunday, February 07, 2016

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.


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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

For every six-letter word given in this week's puzzle, insert two letters in the exact center to complete a familiar eight-letter word.


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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What better way to pass the time on a cold — and in a big part of the country, snowy — winter morning than with a puzzle or two? NPR's Rachel Martin and puzzlemaster Will Shortz have some stumpers.


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

Sunday, January 17, 2016

For every category given in this week's challenge, name something in the category whose first two letters are the last two letters of the category's name.


Looking For Something To Wear? Just Scramble Some Letters

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Every answer in this week's puzzle is the name of an article of apparel. For each anagram given, name the item.


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

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Each of the sentences in this week's puzzle 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.


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

Sunday, December 27, 2015

As the end of the year approaches, there's no better time to look back at the months that were. Here's a challenge featuring the names of people who made news in 2015.


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

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Are you in the mood for Christmas carols? Well, you're in luck, puzzlers: Every answer this week is the name of a Christmas carol or song — mostly carols.


When FBI Gets Involved In Puzzles, Clues Are Just The Half Of It

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Three words will be given in this week's puzzle, starting with the letters F, B and I, respectively. Find a word that can follow each one to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.


Transform Words With An Additional Letter In This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Words with five letters transform into six-letter words when puzzlemaster Will Shortz and winner and WBEZ listener P.D. Wadler of Chicago join NPR's Rachel Martin for the weekly challenge.


Between Alphabetizing And Best Guesses, Can You Find This Week's Answers?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Given a category, and a thing in the category that closely follows the name of the category alphabetically, answer with the only other item in the category that fits between them alphabetically.


High-Level Puzzlers Will Have Figured Out This Headline By Now

Sunday, November 22, 2015

In this week's Sunday Puzzle, each sentence contains two words that have homophones that are opposites. For each sentence given, find the homophone opposites.


Thank Heavens For The Thesaurus. You'll Need One For This Puzzle

Sunday, November 15, 2015

In this week's Sunday Puzzle, for each word given, think of a synonym whose first and second letters, in order, are the second and third letters, respectively, of the given word.


BU-t Will You Be Able To S-olve This Week's Puzzle?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

This week's puzzle is called "Bus Fare." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase, in which the first word starts with BU- and the second word starts with S.


You Get To Change Some 4-Letter Words In This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, November 01, 2015

For each four-letter word — not a euphemism, in this case — insert two letters to complete a common six-letter word.


Care For A Little Spa Treatment? Try The SPA In This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, October 25, 2015

This week's theme is SPAs. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with S- and the second word starts with PA-.


Keep The Consonants This Week? Why, That's A Capital Idea!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

For each of the words and phrases offered in this week's Sunday Puzzle, the consonants in it are the same consonants, in the same order, as those of a world capital. You name the capital city.


Want To Get These Answers Right? Better Start Finding What's Wrong

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges listeners with a story full of inaccuracies and misstatements.


For Those With A Preference For Prefaces, This Is Your Puzzle

Sunday, October 04, 2015

For each six-letter word given this week, add two letters at the start to complete a common eight-letter word. The answer never involves adding a regular prefix like RE- or UN-.


It's Time To Put On Your Thinking CAP

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Every answer in this week's puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name, in which the first word starts with the letters C and A in that order, and the second word starts with P.