Will Shortz http://wcbe.org en Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks http://wcbe.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. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:05:35 +0000 Will Shortz 51659 at http://wcbe.org Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes http://wcbe.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 ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:13:09 +0000 Will Shortz 51162 at http://wcbe.org Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero http://wcbe.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. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:21:06 +0000 Will Shortz 50505 at http://wcbe.org Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) http://wcbe.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? Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:23:58 +0000 Will Shortz 50128 at http://wcbe.org Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) When Push Comes To Shove http://wcbe.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. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:43:20 +0000 Will Shortz 48155 at http://wcbe.org When Push Comes To Shove Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme http://wcbe.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. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:46:49 +0000 Will Shortz 47838 at http://wcbe.org Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme Find The Rhyme And The Reason http://wcbe.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. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:09:39 +0000 Will Shortz 44412 at http://wcbe.org Find The Rhyme And The Reason Close, But No Cigar http://wcbe.org/post/close-no-cigar <strong>On-air challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>Each of the following answers is a made-up, two-word phrase in which the two words are homophones, and both words start with the letter C.<p><strong>Last week's challenge</strong> <strong>from listener Henry Hook of Brooklyn:</strong> Think of a well-known celebrity who goes by a single name — the last two letters of which are alphabetically separated by only one letter (like A and C, or B and D). Replace this pair of letters with the one that separates them, and you'll have a common, everyday word. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:30:55 +0000 Will Shortz 42765 at http://wcbe.org Close, But No Cigar Shh! Listen Carefully http://wcbe.org/post/shh-listen-carefully <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase with the consecutive letters of S-H-H. Specifically, the first word in the answer will end in SH, and the second will start with H.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Think of a business that's found in most towns. Its name consists of two words, each starting with a consonant. Interchange the consonants and you'll get two new words — neither of which rhymes with the original words. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:55:38 +0000 Will Shortz 42412 at http://wcbe.org Shh! Listen Carefully It's All Greek To Me http://wcbe.org/post/its-all-greek-me <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>You're given some sentences. Each sentence conceals the name of a language in consecutive letters. Name the language. Each answer has five or more letters.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>The Roman numeral for 38 is XXXVIII. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:48:09 +0000 Will Shortz 41973 at http://wcbe.org It's All Greek To Me A Matter Of Succession http://wcbe.org/post/matter-succession <strong>On-air challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>You're given two words starting with the letter S. For each pair, give a third word — also starting with S — 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>A logic puzzle: "Nieces and nephews have I none, but that man's father is my father's son." What is the gender of the speaker? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:27:29 +0000 Will Shortz 41549 at http://wcbe.org A Matter Of Succession Easy As ABC http://wcbe.org/post/easy-abc <strong>On-air challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>Every answer is an anagram of a word that has the letters A-B-C in it.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name a foreign make of automobile. Cross out several letters in its name. The remaining letters, reading in order from left to right, will spell a food that comes from the country where the car is made. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:25:42 +0000 Will Shortz 41125 at http://wcbe.org Easy As ABC First Names First http://wcbe.org/post/first-names-first <strong>On-air challenge:</strong><strong> </strong>This week's puzzle is called "What's in a Name?" Every answer consists of the names of two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last person. Given the non-anagram parts of the names, you identify the people. For example, given "Madeleine" and "Aaron," you would say "Kahn" and "Hank."<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>In three words, name a product sold mainly to women that has the initials N-P-R. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:41:46 +0000 Will Shortz 40650 at http://wcbe.org First Names First Psst ... It's Class Time http://wcbe.org/post/psst-its-class-time <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>This puzzle is supersonic. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name that has the consecutive letters S-S-T. Specifically, the first word will end in S-S, and the second word will start with T. For example, given, "A situation in which people speak on top of each other," you would say, "cross talk."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from Gary Alstad of Tustin, Calif.: </strong>Think of a three-syllable word in four letters, add two letters and rearrange everything to become a two-syllable word in six letters. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:39:28 +0000 Will Shortz 40234 at http://wcbe.org Psst ... It's Class Time The Price Of Fame: A Scrambled Name http://wcbe.org/post/price-fame-scrambled-name <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is the name of a famous person, past or present, with five letters in the first and last names. One letter in each name is changed to make a new word. You name the people.<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>In the phrase "clothes closet," all the letters of the second word can be found inside the first. Think of another two-word phrase that means a place to keep clothes in which all the letter of the second word are found inside the first. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:07:10 +0000 Will Shortz 39818 at http://wcbe.org The Price Of Fame: A Scrambled Name Easy As One, Two, Three Initials http://wcbe.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. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:15:15 +0000 Will Shortz 38998 at http://wcbe.org Easy As One, Two, Three Initials Investigating The Crime Scene http://wcbe.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. Tue, 28 May 2013 13:46:13 +0000 Will Shortz 36452 at http://wcbe.org Investigating The Crime Scene Two Last Names For The Price Of One http://wcbe.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). Mon, 06 May 2013 15:57:33 +0000 Will Shortz 35110 at http://wcbe.org Two Last Names For The Price Of One As You Know, Puzzles Are A Pastime http://wcbe.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. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:12:30 +0000 Will Shortz 34693 at http://wcbe.org As You Know, Puzzles Are A Pastime A Brand-New Word http://wcbe.org/post/brand-new-word <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a well-known commercial name that spells a regular word or name backward. Identify the brands. For example, given "laundry detergent" and "work in a magazine office," the answer would be "tide" and "edit."<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name something in four letters that you use every day. Add the letters O, H and M, and rearrange all seven letters. You will name something else you probably use every day. This seven-letter thing is usually found near the four-letter thing. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:01:31 +0000 Will Shortz 33858 at http://wcbe.org A Brand-New Word