Will Shortz

On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of a country, for which I'll give you an anagram. For example, PANE + L = NEPAL. The added letter at the end of the anagram will always be the last letter in the name of the country.

1. INCH + A

2. TAIL + Y

3. VITAL + A

4. ARISE + L

5. LINEAR + D

6. LOOMING + A

7. LIVES ON + A

8. ACROSTIC + A

On-air challenge: I've brought a game of Categories based on the word THINK. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters T-H-I-N-K. For example, if the category were "Boys' Names," you might say Tom, Hank, Ike, Nick and Kent. Any answer that works is OK, and you can give the answers in any order.

1. U.S. States

2. Football Terms

3. Parts of the Human Body

4. Things Seen on a Dinner Table

5. Five-Letter Words Ending in 'O'

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is based on the names of famous writers of mysteries, crime fiction and spy novels. Their last names have been anagrammed. You name the writers.

Example: OUST + T --> (Rex) STOUT

1. ITCHIER + S (Agatha)

2. RANCHED + L (Raymond)

3. ESSAY + R (Dorothy)

4. WEAKEST + L (Donald)

5. LENDER + L (Ruth)

6. ORDEAL + N (Elmore)

7. CAREER + L (John; 2 wds.)

8. SALONS + R (Stieg)

9. SPANIEL + L (Mickey)

10. MINGLE + F (Ian)

On-air challenge: Every answer is a word that has the accented syllable "tor" somewhere inside it.

Example: 1946 Hitchcock film --> NOTORIOUS

1. Winning

2. Someone who studies the past

3. What "!" stands for in mathematics

4. Class for one person or a very small group

5. Newspaper piece that expresses an opinion

6. Fill in the blank: ___ Guinea (country in Africa)

7. Act of twisting something out of its natural shape

8. Musical work for an orchestra

9. One of the capitals of South Africa

On-air challenge: Every answer is the name of an Academy Awards best actress winner from over the years — except I've anagrammed their last names. You name the actresses.

Example: Emma NOTES --> Emma Stone (La La Land, 2016)

1. Julianne ROMEO

2. Meryl PESTER

3. Natalie TRAMP ON

4. Kate LET'S WIN

5. Holly THE URN

6. Jodie FOREST

7. Sally FIDEL

8. Diane A TOKEN

9. Barbra TARDINESS

10. Julie WANDERS

11. Simone TOE RINGS

12. Helen AH YES

On-air challenge: In celebration of Presidents Day, every answer is the name of a U.S. president. I'm going to give you some words and familiar phrases. For each one, name a president in which the consonants are the same — and in the same order — as the consonants in the word or phrase.

Example: CREATURE --> CARTER

1. AFRAID

2. OREGON

3. BEAM

4. MEANER

5. HEAVIER

6. HURRIES IN

7. PRICE

8. GUARANTEE

9. RATHER

10. ICE LEDGE

11. OUTER MOON

Sunday Puzzle: 3rd & O

Feb 10, 2019

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you two words. Think of a third word that can follow my first one and precede my second one, in each case to complete a common two-word phrase. As a help, each answer starts with the letter O.

Example: Grand Night --> OPENING (grand opening, opening night)

1. Pecking Form

2. Snake Well

3. Oval Hours

4. Agent Juice

5. Second Poll

6. Soap House

7. House Grinder

8. U.S. Sesame

9. Green Rings

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some famous advertising slogans, past and present. Each contains the advertiser's name, but anagrammed. You name the advertiser.

Example: This DUB's for you --> BUD

1. Please don't squeeze the RICH MAN

2. You're in good hands with A TALL SET

3. The best part of waking up is GOLFERS in your cup

4. I don't want to grow up. I'm a U.S. STORY kid

5. This is not your father's IDLE BLOOMS

6. Nobody better lay a finger on my BETTER FIG URN

On-air challenge: The answer to each puzzle is a compound word or familiar two word phrase, in which the first part has a long "I" sound and the second part has a long "E" sound.

1. A dish that's "à la mode" comes with what?

2. Area that may be marked off with police tape

3. Completely remove, as fingerprints from a surface

4. Home plate umpire's call immediately before "You're out!"

5. Area beyond where first and second basemen play

6. To transmit an event over the internet as it occurs

7. It has needles for leaves

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences, leaving off the last two words. Add an "L" at the front of the first word, and phonetically you'll get the second word, which completes the sentence.

Example: If you drive about 30 miles up the coast from Boston, you'll wind up _____ _____. --> IN LYNN

1. I will sell my buildings in the Midwest, South and West, but I want my buildings in the _____ _____.

2. When the doctor arrived with the blood-sucking creatures, the patient screamed at _____ _____.

On-air challenge: Each clue is a thing that belongs to two categories. Name something that's in both categories.

For example: U.S. city + Large mammal --> BUFFALO

1. Country + Large bird

2. Country + Popular wedding gift

3. University + Color

4. Insect + Sport

5. Card game + Construction project

6. Vice president + Foreign money

7. Fruit + Company on the Dow Index

8. Comic strip + Snack food

9. Breed of dog + Athlete in a particular sport

10. Alcoholic drink + Tool

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts PI- and the second word starts P-.

Ex. Sty ---> PIG PEN

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you three 5-letter words. You tell me a 5-letter word that can precede each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Ex. DRAFT HOUSE RIDER --> Rough (rough draft, rough-house, Rough Rider)

1. GLASS SLIDE MELON
2. TIGER TRAIL TOWEL
3. COUNT DONOR SPORT
4. SENSE POWER LAUGH
5. GIANT PEACE THUMB
6. SHIFT SHIRT STAND
7. SALAD PUNCH FLIES
8. TEASE POKER STEAK
9. STORY ORDER RANGE
10. SAUCE CIDER STORE
11. BLANK GUARD TAKEN

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