Will Shortz

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Hark! Who Goes There? Why, It's A Puzzle For A 'Guard'

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This is a game of categories based on the word "guard." For each category given, name something in it starting with each of the letters G-U-A-R-D.


When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Given two words in this week's puzzle, move one letter from one of hem and insert it in the other — without changing the order of any of the letters — to get two synonyms.


These Letters Don't LI

Sunday, October 09, 2016

For this week's puzzle, you'll get clues for two words. Add the letters "LI" to the first word to make the second word.


For A Sunny, Punny Sunday Trip, How About A Trip To The Grocery Isle?

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Every answer this week is a pun on a well-known food brand at a grocery or supermarket.


Want To Get An A? Better Know Your Words Backward And Forward

Sunday, September 25, 2016

For each question in this week's puzzle, you'll be given a word ending in the letter A. Anagram each of them to get a familiar word starting with A.


Do You Remember The First 3 Letters Of September?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's not just Earth, Wind & Fire who'd like you to remember September. The words in this week's puzzle each start with one of the first three letters of our current month.


It's A Race To The End — Of The Alphabet

Sunday, September 11, 2016

For this week's puzzle, you'll get a list of categories. Alphabetize the category's members by the last letter of each word to find the answer.


The Answer Remains The Same, Whichever Way You Want To Look At It

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Every answer in this week's puzzle is a nine-letter phrase that's a palindrome — in other words, it reads the same both forward and backward.


3 + 3 = 8? It Does In This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, August 28, 2016

You'll be asked to take two 3-letter words that are part of an 8-letter word. You have to figure out the entire word.


Name That Celebrity! All You Have To Do Is Rhyme

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This week, each answer is a famous person's name. Each name rhymes with a made-up two-word phrase.


The End Remains The Same. All You've Got To Do Is Find It

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Given the first words of familiar three-word phrases that have "of" in the middle and the same words at the end, find the final word in the phrase.


Head To R-I-O For This Week's Puzzle

Sunday, August 07, 2016

In the spirit of the Olympics, every answer this week is a word or name containing the consecutive letters R-I-O.


Hoping For 2 Of A Kind? Better Mix Things Up A Bit

Sunday, July 31, 2016

In this week's Sunday Puzzle, you'll get two four-letter words. Rearrange the letters in each of them to make two synonyms. For example, newt and felt could be rearranged to get went and left.


Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

When NPR's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz, lists three words starting with the letters H, O and T, the answer's a word that can follow each to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.


Better Get Revved Up For A Puzzle Stuffed With V's And E's

Sunday, July 17, 2016

In this week's puzzle, you'll get two clues for two words. Insert the letters V-E somewhere inside the first word to get the second one.


Prepare For Double Trouble In This Week's Puzzle — And A Swarm Of B's

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Every answer in this week's puzzle is a word with a double-B, like "rabbit." Rearrange the letters in the word provided to get the answer.


Just In Time For The 4th, Here's A Puzzle Tailor-Made For The Patio

Sunday, July 03, 2016

With the Fourth of July and cookouts on our mind, here's a game of categories based on the word PATIO. For each category, name an item in the category starting with the letters P, A, T, I and O.


Welcome To An Affair Of Phrases, Each Entwined By A Tiny 'Of'

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Every answer this week consists of two familiar phrases in the form "___ of ___." In each case, the first word of the two phrases is the same. We offer the ending words; you tell us the full phrases.


A Pair O' Definitions For A Pile Of 'Para' Puns

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Every answer this week is a word that starts with the prefix "para-." First, that word will be defined in a regular way and then in a punny way. You answer with the word that's being defined.


This Puzzle Packs Syllables Into Small Spaces

Sunday, June 12, 2016

For every prompt in this week's puzzle, answer with a word or name that has three syllables in four letters.