Will Shortz

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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.


All Your Favorite Late-Night Hosts ... With A Special Guess

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Every answer this week is the last name of a late-night TV host, past or present. Identify the hosts from their anagrams.


In The Running And All Mixed Up: Presidential Candidates, To The Letter

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Every answer this week is the first and last name of one of the major Republican candidates for president. Identify them from the anagrams given.


Send Me A Sign: Born Under Virgo, This Puzzle's Nothing But Trouble

Sunday, September 06, 2015

This week's puzzle begins with the word "virgo," the astrological sign for this time of year. For each category given, name an item in the category starting with each of the letters V-I-R-G-O.


To Win An Anagrammy, Just Sing A Song Of Scrambled Letters

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Given an answer, you name the song. All you have to do is anagram one word in the made-up title you're given to complete the correct title of the song.


Shuffle Your Way Toward A Synonym

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Given a five-letter word and a six-letter, rearrange the letters of the shorter word to find a synonym for the longer word.


Indonesian Plane With 54 Aboard Crashes In Remote Papua

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The turboprop reportedly lost contact with the ground on approach to the central Papua city of Oksibil. The wreckage has been spotted a few miles from the city.


A Puzzle That'll Have You Floored In Florida — And Across The U.S.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Every answer this week is the name of a state. For all the words given, ignore the vowels in them. The consonants in them are the same consonants, in the same order, as in the state.


Attention Motormouths And Sharpshooters: Here's A Puzzle Without A Lifeline

Sunday, August 09, 2015

For each word given in this week's puzzle, think of another word starting with the same two letters that can follow it to complete a familiar compound word.


Better Pack Your Duffle Before A Duel With This Puzzle

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Every answer this week is a six-letter word that contains two consecutive F's. Use each anagram of the other four letters to find the full six-letter word.


Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Every answer this week is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme — and every word has two syllables.


Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Change a letter in each word to make two new words. The letter you change must be in the same position in each word. And the letter you change each of them to will be the same letter of the alphabet.


A Puzzle With A Northern Focus, Eh?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Today's puzzle involves wordplay on some well-known Canadian place names.


What's A Pirate's Least-Favorite Puzzle? One That Hates Arrrrs

Sunday, July 05, 2015

In each pair of clues, the answer to the first clue is a word that contains the consecutive letters A-R. Drop the A-R, and the remaining letters in order will form a word that answers the second clue.


Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

Sunday, June 28, 2015

For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.


A Mental Block May Help Solve This Puzzle

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Today's puzzle is called "Monkey Business." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase starting with "M" and "B" — as in "monkey business."


The Color Of This Puzzle Is Punny Looking

Sunday, June 14, 2015

For the blank in each provided sentence, put in the name of a color to complete the sentence in a punny way.


Take Two (Letters) And Solve Me In The Morning

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase, in which the two words rhyme. The initials of the two words will be provided, along with a one-word clue.


First, Do This Puzzle

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Because tomorrow is June 1st, today's game is one of categories based on the word "first." For each category, name something in it starting with each of the letters F-I-R-S-T.