Will Shortz

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For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The challenge is a game of categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.


What's Last Comes First

Sunday, March 22, 2015

For each word given, name another that can follow it to complete a compound word or two-word phrase. The last and first letters of the first word must be the first and second letters of the second.


Say Yes To The Puzzle

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Yes" is supposed to be the most pleasing word in the English language. If that's true, today's puzzle will be very pleasing indeed. Each answer is an anagram of "yes" plus two or three other letters.


City And Stating The Obvious

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Letters that start the name of a city are combined with letters that start the name of its state to spell a word. What are the city and state? For the word "latex," the answer would be Laredo, Texas.


4 Out Of 5 Puzzlers Say These Things Are The Same

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given "time" and "night," you would say "item" and "thing."


And The Oscar Goes To ...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

In this week's puzzle, every answer is the name of an Academy Award winner or nominee for best picture. Using a given anagram, decipher the title of the film. The films will go from oldest to newest.


'La La La' I Can't Hear You

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Every answer is a word or name of three or more syllables in which an interior syllable is an accented "la."


Two Is Company, Three Is A Crowd

Sunday, February 08, 2015

For each familiar two-word phrase, use the first three letters of the first word and the first three letters of the second word to start two other words that have opposite meanings of each other.


The Ol' Puzzle Switcheroo

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Every answer is a made-up two-word phrase, where the second and third letters of the first word are switched to get the second word.


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.