On-air challenge: "S-V" are the initials of St. Valentine. They're also the initials of some other familiar two-word phrases and names. See if you can get them from the clues.
- Center of the tech industry in California
- Unofficial ballot conducted as a test of opinion
- Poison from a viper
- Saigon was its capital
- Person selling hotdogs or gyros from a cart
- Italian phrase meaning "said quietly so as not to be overheard"
- Medical breakthough by Edward Jenner in 1796
- Lettuce, carrots, radishes, etc.
- Total amount of business for a manufacturing company
- 20th-century jazz singer who was nicknamed "The Divine One"
- Member of the Sex Pistols
- Arena, for example
- Cause of a usually short-lived illness that produces abdominal pain
- Extremely valuable stringed instrument from Italy
- B, in a set of encyclopedias
- Kind of mirror on a car
- Pull-down item that reduces glare for a driver
- Necessary paperwork for a foreigner attending an American university
Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Peter Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich. Name a prominent figure in a fairy tale. Write this in all capital letters. Add a stroke to one letter and rearrange the result. You'll name another prominent figure in a fairy tale. What two fairy tale figures are these?
Puzzle answer: FROG --> OGRE
Puzzle winner: Louise Haskett of Indianapolis, Ind.
Next week's challenge: This week's challenge is an easy one, but it's pretty. It comes from listener Michael Shteyman of Odenton, Md. Name some things commonly seen on a kitchen table. Switch the positions of the fifth and sixth letters of the word, and read the result backward. You'll name two things commonly seen in a kitchen. What are they?
If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. ET.