Will Shortz http://wamc.org en A Geography Quiz With A Spelling Twist http://wamc.org/post/geography-quiz-spelling-twist <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>You're given a series of clues, and every answer is the name of a U.S. state capital.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Rearrange the letters of INDIA and BELARUS to name two other countries. What are they?<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Sudan, Liberia<p><strong>Winner:</strong> Eddy Chandler of Piedmont, Calif.<p><strong>Next week's challenge from National Puzzle League members Patrick Berry and Todd McClary:</strong>The phrase "clothes closet" describes a place to keep your clothes. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:55:55 +0000 Will Shortz 69167 at http://wamc.org A Geography Quiz With A Spelling Twist Easy As One, Two, Three Initials http://wamc.org/post/easy-one-two-three-initials <strong>On-air challenge: </strong> You're given the three-word names of famous people. For each one, you get a clue to a familiar three-word phrase or title that has the same initials as the person. Name the phrase or title. For example, singer Billy Ray Cyrus has the initials B-R-C. And B-R-C are also the initials of the phrase "Blue ribbon commission."<p><strong>Last week's challenge</strong> <strong>from from listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, N.J.:</strong> It involves a spoonerism, in which you reverse the initial consonant sounds in one phrase to make another phrase. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 13:19:31 +0000 Will Shortz 68634 at http://wamc.org Easy As One, Two, Three Initials Keep Your I On The Prize http://wamc.org/post/keep-your-i-prize <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a made-up two-word phrase in which the letter I is inserted somewhere inside the first word to get the second word.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Think of a word starting with G. Change the G to a T and rearrange the letters after the T. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 18:12:15 +0000 Will Shortz 66156 at http://wamc.org Keep Your I On The Prize Investigating The Crime Scene http://wamc.org/post/investigating-crime-scene <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Today's theme is "C.S.I." — as in the name of the long-running TV show. You're given three words starting with the letters C, S and I. For each set, give a fourth word that can follow each of the original words to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.<p><strong>Last week's challenge</strong> <strong>from listener Jeffrey Harris of Chappaqua, NY.:</strong> Name a category of books, in two words. Add one letter to each word — the same letter of the alphabet in each case. Sun, 26 May 2013 21:14:34 +0000 Will Shortz 65620 at http://wamc.org Investigating The Crime Scene Put On Your Thinking Hat http://wamc.org/post/put-your-thinking-hat <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with H-A and the second word starts with T.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>From listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, N.J. Name a famous American man — first and last names. Change the first letter of his first name from T to H. The result will sound like a term for an attractive person. Sun, 19 May 2013 20:04:14 +0000 Will Shortz 65051 at http://wamc.org Put On Your Thinking Hat This One Is For You, Ma http://wamc.org/post/one-you-ma <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>You are given two words starting with M-A. The answer is a third word that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name a famous performer whose last name has six letters. Move the first three letters to the end — without otherwise changing the order of the letters — and add one more letter at the end. The result, in seven letters, will name a place where this person famously performed. Sun, 12 May 2013 18:21:35 +0000 Will Shortz 64471 at http://wamc.org This One Is For You, Ma Two Last Names For The Price Of One http://wamc.org/post/two-last-names-price-one <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer today consists of two people, either real or fictional, whose last names are anagrams of each other.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>It<strong> </strong>comes from listener Matt Jones of Portland, Ore. Jones creates a weekly syndicated puzzle called the "Jonesin' Crossword," which appears in more than 50 alternative newspapers around the country. The first 12 letters of the alphabet are A to L. Think of a familiar six-word proverb that contains 11 of these 12 letters (along with additional letters from the second half of the alphabet). Sun, 05 May 2013 18:03:45 +0000 Will Shortz 63908 at http://wamc.org Two Last Names For The Price Of One As You Know, Puzzles Are A Pastime http://wamc.org/post/you-know-puzzles-are-pastime <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>For each given category, name something in the category where the first letter is also the first letter of the category. For example, given "Military Ranks," you would say "Major."<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name a geographical location in two words — nine letters altogether — that, when spoken aloud, sounds roughly like four letters of the alphabet. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:01:41 +0000 Will Shortz 63341 at http://wamc.org As You Know, Puzzles Are A Pastime You'll Get It Just Right, Junior http://wamc.org/post/youll-get-it-just-right-junior <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials "J.R."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Sandy Weisz: </strong>Take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end and rotate it 90 degrees. You'll get a new word that is pronounced exactly the same as the first word. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:15:13 +0000 Will Shortz 62753 at http://wamc.org You'll Get It Just Right, Junior O Say Can You C The Answer? http://wamc.org/post/o-say-can-you-c-answer <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a two-word phrase in which the first word starts with O. Drop the O, and you'll get a new word that ends the phrase.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name something in nine letters that is commonly read on Sunday morning. If you have the right thing, you can rearrange all the letters to name a bygone car model that you still see on the road today. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:41:33 +0000 Will Shortz 62198 at http://wamc.org O Say Can You C The Answer?