Will Shortz http://wypr.org en Changing The World One Letter At A Time http://wypr.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 10469 at http://wypr.org Changing The World One Letter At A Time Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd http://wypr.org/post/two-company-three-crowd <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 10106 at http://wypr.org Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd A High Five On The Seven Seas http://wypr.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 12:19:00 +0000 Will Shortz 9766 at http://wypr.org A High Five On The Seven Seas Let's All Go To The Lobby, To Get Ourselves A Treat http://wypr.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 9455 at http://wypr.org Let's All Go To The Lobby, To Get Ourselves A Treat Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks http://wypr.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 9124 at http://wypr.org Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks Get Ready To Flip Your Lid http://wypr.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 8811 at http://wypr.org Get Ready To Flip Your Lid Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes http://wypr.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 8486 at http://wypr.org Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero http://wypr.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 8155 at http://wypr.org Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) http://wypr.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 7828 at http://wypr.org Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) Three B's Bring You To One http://wypr.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 7533 at http://wypr.org Three B's Bring You To One