Will Shortz http://krwg.org en A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters http://krwg.org/post/flowery-puzzle-budding-quizmasters <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony. For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:24:00 +0000 Will Shortz 71375 at http://krwg.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters Take A Ride On The Plural Side http://krwg.org/post/take-ride-plural-side <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be provided. The first is for a brand name that ends in the letter S and sounds like it's plural. Change the first letter to spell a new word that is plural and answers the second clue. Example: tennis shoes, places to sleep; the answer would be Keds and beds.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This challenge came from listener Ben Kaufman of Portland, Ore. Think of a popular TV show about cooking — a show everyone has heard of. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 70893 at http://krwg.org Take A Ride On The Plural Side A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes http://krwg.org/post/puzzle-ch-ch-changes <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes." Every answer is a word starting with the letters "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has five letters. Move the middle letter to the end to name another famous actress of the past. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 70405 at http://krwg.org A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line http://krwg.org/post/if-you-cut-middle-go-end-line <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324333349/oh-you-know-the-answer">created a previous challenge</a>. Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Will Shortz 69897 at http://krwg.org If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line The Missing Link http://krwg.org/post/missing-link <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each set of three words, find a word that can precede each one to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word in each set will name an animal. Example: turtle, spring, office. The answer would be box — box turtle, box spring, box office.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Think of a 10-letter adjective describing certain institutions. Drop three letters from this word, and the remaining seven letters, reading left to right, will name an institution described by this adjective. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Will Shortz 69407 at http://krwg.org The Missing Link Read Between The Letters http://krwg.org/post/read-between-letters <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a five-letter word. You will be given a clue for the word. Besides describing the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "It's n<strong>ear th</strong>e planet Mars," you would say, "Earth."<p><strong>Last week's challenge Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons: </strong>Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Will Shortz 65400 at http://krwg.org Read Between The Letters First In, Last Out http://krwg.org/post/first-last-out <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each word provided, give a word that can follow it to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first two letters of the provided word should be the last two letters of the answer. Example: Red Square<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name certain trees. Also name something that trees have. Rearrange all the letters to get the brand name of a product you might buy at a grocery or drug store. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 64915 at http://krwg.org First In, Last Out Changing The World One Letter At A Time http://krwg.org/post/changing-world-one-letter-time <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name. Note: The answer word can have either fewer or more syllables than the geographical name.<p>Example: Lima = limp, limb, lime (for some of the names, multiple answers are possible)<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Take the brand name of a popular grocery item, written normally in upper- and lowercase letters. Push two consecutive letters together, without otherwise changing the name in any way. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Will Shortz 62516 at http://krwg.org Changing The World One Letter At A Time Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd http://krwg.org/post/two-company-three-crowd-0 <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> A series of paired words will be provided. For each pair, think of a third word that can follow the first one and precede the second to complete a familiar two-word phrase. Every answer starts with "W." Example: Open and Awake; Answer: Wide.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This puzzle was created by Will Shortz for an event held recently at the Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Take the name of a classical Greek mathematician. The letters in his name can be rearranged to spell two numbers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Will Shortz 62024 at http://krwg.org Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd A High Five On The Seven Seas http://krwg.org/post/high-five-seven-seas <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter word.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from listener Harry Hillson of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. Take the first name of a nominee for Best Actor or Best Actress at last Sunday's Oscars. You can rearrange these letters into a two-word phrase that describes his or her character in the film for which he or she is nominated. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Will Shortz 61523 at http://krwg.org A High Five On The Seven Seas Let's All Go To The Lobby, To Get Ourselves A Treat http://krwg.org/post/lets-all-go-lobby-get-ourselves-treat <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "Let's." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or title containing the consecutive letters L-E-T. Specifically, the first word will end in L-E and the second word will start with T.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Write down these six words:<p><ul><p><li>Cupid</li><p><li>Yoo-hoo</li><p><li>Eyeball</li><p><li>Entrance</li><p><li>Seafood</li><p><li>Wiper</li><p></ul><p>The six words have something unusual in common. And when you've figured out what it is, that unusual something will suggest the name of a well-known U.S. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 61065 at http://krwg.org Let's All Go To The Lobby, To Get Ourselves A Treat Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks http://krwg.org/post/famous-four-fours-arent-trucks <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name. You name the person.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a famous entertainer: two words, four letters in each word. You can rearrange these eight letters to spell the acronym of a well-known national organization, and the word that the first letter of this acronym stands for. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Will Shortz 60563 at http://krwg.org Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks Get Ready To Flip Your Lid http://krwg.org/post/get-ready-flip-your-lid <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "One, Two, Three — Flip!" The answer will come in the form of two words, and for each word you'll get a clue beforehand. Reverse the order of the first three letters of the first word to get the second word. Example: Cavalry sword and more villainous = SABER, BASER.<p><strong>Last week's challenge </strong><strong>from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass.:</strong> Name a title character from a classic work of fiction, in eight letters. Change the third letter to an M (as in Mary). Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Will Shortz 60082 at http://krwg.org Get Ready To Flip Your Lid Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes http://krwg.org/post/break-loose-break-loose-kick-your-sunday-shoes <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "Break Loose." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-A vowel sound (as in "break"), and the second word has a long-U vowel sound (as in "loose").<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from listener Sam Williamson of Charlevoix, MI, and it's a two-part question: where in most homes will you see the words SHE and HIS ... Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Will Shortz 59583 at http://krwg.org Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero http://krwg.org/post/drop-zero-and-get-hero <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each single letter given, recombine it with the letters in the word "ZERO" to spell a new word. For example, ZERO plus F would be "FROZE."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> What word, containing two consecutive S's, becomes its own synonym if you drop those S's?<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Blossom, bloom<p><strong>Winner:</strong> Trey Moody of Killeen, Texas<p><strong>Next week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Sam Williamson of Charlevoix, Mich. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Will Shortz 59078 at http://krwg.org Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) http://krwg.org/post/take-synonyms-spin-or-pirouette <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each word given, name a synonym in which the first two letters are the same as the second and third letters of the given word. For example, spin and pirouette.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Ed Pegg Jr., who runs the website <a href="http://mathpuzzle.com/" target="_blank">MathPuzzle.com</a>. Name a famous person whose first and last names together contain four doubled letters — all four of these being different letters of the alphabet. Who is it? Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Will Shortz 58561 at http://krwg.org Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) Three B's Bring You To One http://krwg.org/post/three-bs-bring-you-one <strong>On-air challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>Name a word that, when combined with three words beginning with the letter B, completes a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "brew," "body" and "base," you would say "home" (home-brew, homebody, home base).<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>Name a familiar form of exercise in two words. Switch the order of the two words, then say them out loud. The result, phonetically, will name something to wear. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Will Shortz 58123 at http://krwg.org Three B's Bring You To One A's On Either End http://krwg.org/post/either-end <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a word that begins and ends with the letter A. You'll be given an anagram of the letters between the A's. For example, given "ern," you would say, "arena."<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name something in five letters that's generally pleasant, it's a nice thing to have. Add the letters A and Y, and rearrange the result, keeping the A and Y together as a pair. You'll get the seven-letter word that names an unpleasant version of the five-letter thing. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Will Shortz 57632 at http://krwg.org A's On Either End Two Times Harder http://krwg.org/post/two-times-harder <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a pair of two-syllable words. The first syllable of the word answering the first clue has the letters A-R, pronounced "are." Change these phonetically to "er," and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue. Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Will Shortz 57191 at http://krwg.org Two Times Harder Now You Know Them http://krwg.org/post/now-you-know-them <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>You will be given some names that you probably never heard of before 2013, but that were in the news during the past 12 months. You name who the people are. These names were compiled with the help of Kathie Baker, Tim Goodman and Sandy Weisz.<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco: </strong>Think of a well-known filmmaker, first and last names. Add "S-U-N" before this person's first name and last name. In each case, you'll form a common English word. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Will Shortz 56783 at http://krwg.org Now You Know Them Follow Santa Claus' Lead http://krwg.org/post/follow-santa-claus-lead <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which, like Santa Claus, the first word starts with the letters S-A, and the second word starts with C.<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Pete Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich.: </strong>Name an island in which some of the letters appear more than once. Drop exactly two instances of each repeated letter. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name something to eat. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:25:10 +0000 Will Shortz 56393 at http://krwg.org Follow Santa Claus' Lead When Push Comes To Shove http://krwg.org/post/when-push-comes-shove <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a five-letter word. You'll be given a clue for the word. Besides giving you a direct hint to the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "push over hard," you would say "shove."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Pete Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich.: </strong>Name a U.S. city in nine letters. Shift the third letter six places later in the alphabet. Then shift the last letter seven places later in the alphabet. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Will Shortz 55917 at http://krwg.org When Push Comes To Shove Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme http://krwg.org/post/noteworthy-names-rhyme <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is the name of a famous person whose first and last names start with the same consonant or group of consonants. You're given rhymes for the two names. You name the people. For example, if given "cycle four," the answer would be "Michael Moore."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a dance. Change one of the letters to a U. The resulting letters can be rearranged to name an event at which this dance is done. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 55426 at http://krwg.org Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme We Plant The Seed, You Pick The Tree http://krwg.org/post/we-plant-seed-you-pick-tree <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is the name of a tree. Identify the tree name from its anagram. For example, given "has," the answer would be "ash."<p><strong>Last week's challenge</strong> <strong>from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass.:</strong> Think of a word meaning "quarrel" in which several of the letters appear more than once. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Will Shortz 54550 at http://krwg.org We Plant The Seed, You Pick The Tree More Fun Than A Dead Rose http://krwg.org/post/more-fun-dead-rose <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase in which the vowel in the first word is a short "e" and the vowel in the second word is a long "o." For example: A place to meditate would be a "zen zone."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> There is a politician today, sometimes known by his or her full three-word name, whose initials are also the initials of a popular chain of restaurants. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:46:00 +0000 Will Shortz 54087 at http://krwg.org More Fun Than A Dead Rose Capitalize On 'This Minus That' http://krwg.org/post/capitalize-minus <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is the name of a state capital, to be identified from its anagram. For example, given "banally" minus the letter L, the answer would be "Albany."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from the Emmy-winning TV comedy writer Mike Reiss:</strong> A famous actress and a famous director share the same last name, although they are unrelated. The first name of one of these is a classic musical. The first name of the other is an anagram of a classic musical. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 53582 at http://krwg.org Capitalize On 'This Minus That' Regardless Of The Answer, Stay Staid http://krwg.org/post/regardless-answer-stay-staid <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Each answer is a two-word phrase consisting of two homophones starting with the letter S. For example, given the clue "remained dignified," the answer would be, "stayed staid."<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name a brand of beer. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Will Shortz 53115 at http://krwg.org Regardless Of The Answer, Stay Staid No Time To Be Bashful http://krwg.org/post/no-time-be-bashful This week we have a celebrity edition of the Puzzle. Comedian Paula Poundstone is taking on our challenge. Poundstone is also a regular panelist on NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/"><em>Wait Wait Don't Tell Me</em></a>.<p><strong>On-air challenge:</strong> You're given discrete categories. If you were to list all of the things in the category alphabetically, the one you're given would be second in the list. Name the thing that would be first alphabetically. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 52182 at http://krwg.org No Time To Be Bashful Can You Pass This -TE ST-? http://krwg.org/post/can-you-pass-te-st <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Today's puzzle is an insider's test. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the consecutive letters T-E-S-T. Specifically, the first word will end with -TE and the second word will start ST-. For example, given "sheer force," you would say "brute strength."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Ed Pegg Jr. of <a href="http://mathpuzzle.com">mathpuzzle.com</a>: </strong>What familiar saying with seven words has seven consonants in a row? The answer is a common saying in ordinary English. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 12:21:00 +0000 Will Shortz 51741 at http://krwg.org Can You Pass This -TE ST-? Find The Rhyme And The Reason http://krwg.org/post/find-rhyme-and-reason <strong>On-air challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>For each given category, name things in the category starting with the letters R, H, Y, M, E. For example, if the category were "chemical elements with names ending in -ium," you might say: radium, helium, yttrium, magnesium and einsteinium. You can give the answers in any order, and any answer that works is fine.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name something in seven letters that most people keep in their homes. Take the first, third, fourth and seventh letters and rearrange them. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Will Shortz 51270 at http://krwg.org Find The Rhyme And The Reason