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The Sunday Puzzle Podcast. NPR's weekly word game. Match wits with "Weekend Edition" puzzle master Will Shortz.

Current Sunday Puzzles
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
A Very NPR PuzzleEvery answer is the name of an NPR host, one of the colleagues of this week's special guest, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro...Will Shortz00:06:21
'Tween TeamInsert the letters A and R into the middle of the first clue to get the answer to the second clue.Will Shortz00:06:27
Alphabet SqueezeGiven a category and something in it that closely follows the name of the category alphabetically, name the only other thing in the category that fits between them alphabetically.Will Shortz00:06:25
SuperPAC PuzzleEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with PA and the second word starts with C.Will Shortz00:06:06
A Puzzle For A 'Guard'For each category given, name something in it starting with each of the letters in G-U-A-R-D.Will Shortz00:06:60
Just Exchange A LetterGiven two words, move one letter from one and insert it in the other to get two synonyms.Will Shortz00:06:25
These Letters Don't LIYou'll get clues for two words. Add the letters "LI" to the first word to make the second word.Will Shortz00:06:25
A Trip To The Grocery IsleEvery answer this week is a pun on a well-known food brand at a grocery or supermarket.Will Shortz00:06:14
Know Words Backward & ForwardFor each question you'll be given a word ending in the letter A. Anagram them to get a familiar word starting with A.Will Shortz00:06:27
First 3 Letters Of September?The words in this week's puzzle each start with one of the first three letters of our current month.Will Shortz00:06:24
Race To The End Of The AlphabetYou'll get a list of categories. Alphabetize the category's members by the last letter of each word to find the answer.Will Shortz00:05:43
The Answer Remains The SameEvery answer in this week's puzzle is a nine-letter phrase that's a palindrome (it reads the same forward and backward).Will Shortz00:05:55
3 + 3 = 8 This WeekYou'll be asked to take two 3-letter words that are part of an 8-letter word. You have to figure out the entire word.Will Shortz00:06:07
Name That Celebrity!This week, each answer is a famous person's name. Each name rhymes with a made-up two-word phrase.Will Shortz00:06:05
The End Remains The SameGiven the first words of familiar three-word phrases with "of" in the middle and the same words at the end, find the final word in the phrase.Will Shortz00:06:19
Head To R-I-OIn the spirit of the Olympics, every answer this week is a word or name containing the consecutive letters R-I-O.Will Shortz00:06:26
Hoping For 2 Of A Kind?Given two four-letter words, rearrange the letters in each to make two synonyms. i.e. newt & felt rearrange to went & left.Will Shortz00:06:30
Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?Given three words starting H, O and T, find a word that can follow each to complete a compound word or two-word phrase.Will Shortz00:06:36
A Puzzle Stuffed With V's And E'sYou get two clues for two words. Insert the letters V-E somewhere inside the first word to get the second one.Will Shortz00:05:44
A Swarm Of B'sFind a word with a double-B, like "rabbit." Rearrange the letters in the word provided to get the answer.Will Shortz00:06:05
A Puzzle For The PatioFor each category given, name an item in the category starting with the letters P, A, T, I and O.Will Shortz00:06:42
An Affair Of PhrasesFind two familiar phrases in the form "_ of _." The first word of the phrases is the same. We offer the ending words.Will Shortz00:06:26
A Pile Of 'Para' PunsEvery answer is a word that starts with the prefix para-. That word will be defined in a regular way, then in a punny wayWill Shortz00:06:47
Pack Syllables In Small SpacesFor every prompt in this week's puzzle, answer with a word or name that has three syllables in four letters.Will Shortz00:06:35
Let's Do Some MathNPR's Rachel Martin and Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play the puzzle with David Lefkowitz of Los Angeles.Will Shortz00:06:23
Name A Person Of FamePuzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges Daniel Rosenblum and NPR's Rachel Martin to a celebrity quiz in this week's puzzle.Will Shortz00:06:38
Cartoon ConundrumsEvery answer is the name of a newspaper comic strip or cartoon. Identify the funnies from their anagrams.Will Shortz00:05:53
All It Takes Is 3 LettersGiven two kinds of people or things, name what they both do in three letters. i.e., a false witness and a person in bed both lie.Will Shortz00:06:09
Want To Find A Synonym?Given a four-letter word and a six-letter word, rearrange the letters of one to get a synonym of the other.Will Shortz00:06:07
Follow The RhymeEvery answer is a phrase in the form __ and __. We give you rhymes for the missing words; you complete the phrases.Will Shortz00:06:25
XC Roman Numeral for 90Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word ends in X and the second starts with C.Will Shortz00:06:41
A City of Consonants?In each word given, the consonants are in the same order as the name of a well-known American city.Will Shortz00:06:35
Rearrange The Letters In The NamesEvery answer is an anagram of a six-letter girl's name. Take the name and the synonym and identify the anagram.Will Shortz00:05:53
Got 2 Words In The Same Category?Find two words in the same category that rhyme. The clue gives the initial letters, the words' lengths and the categoryWill Shortz00:06:24
A Pair Of Fivers Holds The KeyEvery answer is a five-letter word said twice, in two different meanings. Answer the clues to get the phrases.Will Shortz00:06:45
First And Last Two Letters Are KeyEvery answer this week takes the last two letters from a category chosen to create a new word.Will Shortz00:06:09
Take An Amble Down D St.Find a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in D and the second word starts with ST.Will Shortz00:05:53
Five Letters With Which To PlayThis week's puzzle lets you create categories based on the word "winds" in honor of March's fierce winds.Will Shortz00:06:25
And This Puzzle's Winner Is...Every answer is the name of a movie that won in one of the top four Oscar categories. Every answer is a solid word or name.Will Shortz00:06:29
The Phrase Or Name Is FamiliarEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name where the first word ends in E, and the second starts with GO.Will Shortz00:06:21
Marry Two WordsChange one letter of each word and rearrange to get a word that can follow it to complete a common two-word phraseWill Shortz00:06:04
Puzzle With A Grand PlanEvery answer is a compound word or familiar two-word phrase, in which each part contains the consecutive letters A-N.Will Shortz00:06:25
Stuck In The Middle With U Or A Or BFor every six-letter word given, insert two letters in the exact center to complete a familiar eight-letter word.Will Shortz00:05:60
Warm Up With A PuzzleWhat better way to pass the time on a cold, snowy winter morning than with a puzzle? We have some stumpers.Will Shortz00:06:40
Inviting CategorizationGiven a category name something in the category whose first two letters are the last two letters of the category's name.Will Shortz00:06:35
Just Scramble Some LettersEvery answer in this week's puzzle is the name of an article of apparel. For each anagram given, name the item.Will Shortz00:05:55
What 2 Blanks Might BeEach sentence has two blanks. The first has the letter O in it. Double the O to get the second word and complete the sentence.Will Shortz00:06:12
Headline-GrabbersHere's a challenge featuring the names of people who made news in 2015.Will Shortz00:06:12
Yule Never GuessEvery answer this week is the name of a Christmas carol or song - mostly carols.Will Shortz00:06:17
The FBI PuzzlesGiven 3 words starting with F, B and I, respectively. Find a word that can follow each to form a compound word or two-word phrase.Will Shortz00:06:09
Transform Words With An Additional LetterWords with five letters transform into six-letter words when puzzlemaster Will Shortz provides the weekly challenge.Will Shortz00:06:16
Between Alphabetizing And Best GuessesGiven a category, and a thing in the category that closely follows the name of the category alphabetically, answer with the only other item in the category that fits between them alphabetically.Will Shortz00:06:24
High-Level HomophonesEach given sentence contains two words that have homophones that are opposites. Find the homophone opposites.Will Shortz00:06:21
Thank Heavens For The ThesaurusFor each word given, find a synonym whose first and second letters, in order, are the second and third letters, respectively, of the given wordWill Shortz00:06:14
BU-t Will You Be Able To S-olve It?Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase, in which the first word starts with BU and the second word starts with S.Will Shortz00:06:31
Change Some 4-Letter WordsFor each four-letter word - not a euphemism in this case - insert two letters to complete a common six-letter word.Will Shortz00:06:23
A Little Spa Treatment?Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with S- and the second word starts with PA-.Will Shortz00:06:26
Keep The ConsonantsGiven a word or phrase, its consonants are the same consonants, in the same order, as those of a world capital city. Name it!Will Shortz00:06:19
Tell Me What's WrongPuzzlemaster Will Shortz challenges listeners with a story full of inaccuracies and misstatements.Will Shortz00:06:21
A Preference For PrefacesGiven a six-letter word, add two letters at the start to get another word. Don't use regular prefixes like RE- or UN-Will Shortz00:06:16
It's Time To Put On Your Thinking CAPEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word starts with C then A, and the second starts with P.Will Shortz00:06:09
Favorite Late-Night HostsEvery answer this week is the last name of a late-night TV host, past or present. Identify the hosts from their anagrams.Will Shortz00:06:01
Presidential Candidates, To The LetterEvery answer is the first and last name of a major Republican candidate for president. Identify them from the anagrams given.Will Shortz00:06:02
Send Me A SignAnswers starts with the word virgo. For each category given, name an item in the category starting with each letter in virgo.Will Shortz00:06:33
Win An AnagrammyGiven an answer, name the song. All you have to do is anagram one word in the made-up title you're given.Will Shortz00:06:47
Shuffle Your Way Toward A SynonymGiven a five-letter word and a six-letter, rearrange the letters of the shorter word to find a synonym for the longer word.Will Shortz00:06:47
Floored In FloridaFind the name of a state. For the given words, ignore the vowels. The consonants are the same, in the same order, as in the stateWill Shortz00:05:43
A Puzzle Without A LifelineFor each word given, think of another word starting with the same two letters that can follow it to complete a familiar compound word.Will Shortz00:06:05
Better Pack Your DuffleEvery answer is a six-letter word with two consecutive F's. Use each anagram of the other four letters to find the full six-letter word.Will Shortz00:06:16
This Week's A ToughieEvery answer this week is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme - and every word has two syllables.Will Shortz00:06:24
Relieve The Duties Of A LetterChange a letter in each word to a common letter to make two new words. The letter must be in the same positionWill Shortz00:06:20
Puzzle With A Northern FocusToday's puzzle involves wordplay on some well-known Canadian place names.Will Shortz00:06:24
A Pirate's Least-Favorite PuzzleGiven a pair of clues, the answer to the first is a word containing consecutive letters A-R. Drop A-R, and the remaining letters in order answer the second clueWill Shortz00:06:09
Where There's A Will There's A WayFor every word provided (all start with a "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.Will Shortz00:06:01
A Mental Block Helps Solve ThisEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase starting with "M" and "B" - as in "Monkey Business"Will Shortz00:06:15
The Color Is Punny LookingFor the blank in each provided sentence, put in the name of a color to complete the sentence in a punny wayWill Shortz00:06:33
Solve Me In The MorningGiven two first letters and a one-word clue, find a made-up two-word rhyming phrase.Will Shortz00:06:25
First, Do This PuzzleFor each category, name something in it starting with each of the letters F-I-R-S-T.Will Shortz00:06:21
Single-Named SingersFind one-named singers like Madonna given its anagram, with one extra letter added.Will Shortz00:06:15
A Globe-Trotting PuzzleFind the name of a country. For each word given, the consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country.Will Shortz00:05:52
Ignore the VowelsGiven a word, ignore the vowels to find a well-known city. Consonants are in the same order in both.Will Shortz00:06:04
A Puzzle Including The Kitchen SinkEach given word is an anagram of something from a kitchen. Given: "skin", Answer: "sink"Will Shortz00:05:38
Easy As Falling Off A LogFind a two-word phrase or name where the first word starts with LO and the second starts with GWill Shortz00:05:58
W Seeking WGiven a word starting with W, find another W word that can follow it to make a compound word or familiar phraseWill Shortz00:06:22
You'll Find TV In These WordsFrom a given word or phrase, remove some letters so that those that remain will name a popular TV showWill Shortz00:06:12
What's In A Word? Another WordFind a made-up, 2-word phrase where the first has 7 letters. Drop its 1st and 7th letters to get the 2nd word of the phraseWill Shortz00:06:30
Watch Your WordsFor each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.Will Shortz00:06:02
What's Last Comes FirstGiven a word, name another that can follow it to complete a compound word or two-word phrase. The last and first letters of the given must be the 1st and 2nd of the answerWill Shortz00:05:57
Say Yes To The PuzzleEach answer is an anagram of "yes" plus two or three other letters.Will Shortz00:06:12
City And Stating The ObviousLetters that start the name of a city + letters that start the name of its state spell a word. Find the city and stateWill Shortz00:06:26
4 Out Of 5 Say These Are The SameRearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms.Will Shortz00:06:43
And The Oscar Goes To...Given an anagram, find the name of an Academy Award winner or nominee for best picture.Will Shortz00:06:11
'La La La' I Can't Hear YouEvery answer is a word or name of three or more syllables in which an interior syllable is an accented "la."Will Shortz00:06:26
Two Is Company, Three Is A CrowdGiven a two-word phrase find two words having opposite meanings, each beginning with the first 3 letters of the originalsWill Shortz00:06:10
The Ol' Puzzle SwitcherooFind a made-up two-word phrase, where the second and third letters of the first word are switched to get the secondWill Shortz00:06:37
A Puzzle Full Of AirFind a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. Given: AR plus ROB, Answer: "arbor"Will Shortz00:00:05
Sunday Puzzle: S.V. YouEvery answer is a two-word phrase or name with the initials S.V. Given: "noted Idaho ski resort", Answer: "Sun Valley"Will Shortz00:06:14
Finding The Pieces To Form A New NationGiven a two-word phrase, remove letters from the start of the first word and letters from the start of the second to name a countryWill Shortz00:06:33
A Winter Puzzle To Brrring In The New YearGiven a clue, find a two-word answer with the first word starting with B-R and the second starting with RWill Shortz00:06:04
Newsworthy Names Of 2014Do you remember who was in the news this year? Given the name of someone who was, explain who that person is.Will Shortz00:06:22
What's That Puzzling Toy?Find the name of a kid's Christmas toy. Some are brand names, some generic. Identify them from their anagrams.Will Shortz00:06:21
A Puzzle Worth A FortuneEvery answer is the name of one of the top 200 corporations, according to the 2014 list in Fortune magazine.Will Shortz00:06:03
Just Say No, N-OEvery answer today is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initial letters N and O.Will Shortz00:06:22
This Puzzle Is A Blast!Given a category, name something in the category starting with each letter: B-L-A-S-T.Will Shortz00:06:23
Don't Get Dizzy While You're BusyEvery answer is a rhyming two-word phrase. Each word has two syllables. The first word ends with a doubled consonant plus the letter YWill Shortz00:06:15
Making Ends MeetGiven a category, name something whose first two letters are the first and last letters of the category.Will Shortz00:06:38
What's In A Name? A Country?Given a famous name, change either the first or last letter of the last name and rearrange to name a countryWill Shortz00:06:09
Coming To TV This Fall: Anagrams!Find a popular prime-time TV series from this century, on either broadcast or cable. Identify the shows from their anagramsWill Shortz00:06:05
This Week, A Pretty LepidopteraThe word cho means "butterfly" in Japanese. Answers are familiar two-word phrases or names based on choWill Shortz00:06:31
Puzzle Cheer: Give Me An A!This week, we've got clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to sound out the secondWill Shortz00:06:08
Stuck In The Middle With CluesGiven a five-letter word, insert two letters between the second and third to make a common seven-letter word.Will Shortz00:06:47
The Puzzle And The PeaEvery answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable pronounced "pee" always occurring inside the word.Will Shortz00:06:28
Rhyming Phrases, With Consistent ConsonantsEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the two words start with the same consonant or pair of consonantsWill Shortz00:06:14
The Same Until You ShuffleEvery answer is a made-up two-word phrase. Both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.Will Shortz00:06:25
A Puzzle Hokey PokeyFind made-up, two-word phrases. The first word has 5 letters. Drop its last letter and read the remaining letters backward, to get the second wordWill Shortz00:06:02
Is There An Echo In Here?Every answer is a two-word phrase. The second word has three syllables, and the first sounds like the last two of them.Will Shortz00:05:58
Getting Thick In The MidsectionFor each four-letter word given, insert two letters exactly in the middle to get a common, uncaplitalized six-letter wordWill Shortz00:06:06
Bad To The BoneEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name. the first word starts with BA and the second with DWill Shortz00:06:10
Flowery Puzzle For Budding QuizmastersFor each given category, name things in it beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y (a flower)Will Shortz00:06:27
Take A Ride On The Plural SideFrom 2 clues find 2 answers. Answer 1 is a brand name that sounds plural; change its first letter to get answer 2Will Shortz00:06:36
A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-ChangesEvery answer is a word starting with "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.Will Shortz00:06:29
Cut In The Middle - End Of The LineTwo 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 answerWill Shortz00:06:41
The Missing LinkGiven three words (the first is an animal) find a word that can precede each to give a familiar two-word phrase or nameWill Shortz00:06:11
Oh, You Know The AnswerFind a compound word or familiar two-word phrase or title where each word has OU as its second and third lettersWill Shortz00:06:14
Floating Down The Anagram RiverEvery answer is the name of a river. Identify it using its anagram minus a letter.Will Shortz00:06:32
A Puzzle In E-Z ModeEach answer is a two-word phrase or name where the first word ends in E and the second starts with Z.Will Shortz00:06:20
Getting To Know The IN CrowdEvery answer is a made-up, two-word phrase where you add IN before the first word to get the second word.Will Shortz00:06:32
The Merry Merry Month Of MayEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name where the first word starts with MA and the second ends with YWill Shortz00:06:19
Finding The Answers WithinThe clues come from the two-week creative challenge. Answers for the on-air challenge are on this week's puzzle pageWill Shortz00:06:31
A Bouquet Of PhloxesGiven a categor, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P, H, L, O and X.Will Shortz00:07:06
Read Between The LettersGiven a clue, find a five-letter word. The clue describes the answer and contains the answer in consecutive lettersWill Shortz00:06:37
First In, Last OutGiven a word, find another with the same first two letters that can follow it to make a familiar two-word phraseWill Shortz00:06:30
April Showers Bring Puzzle FlowersWith spring in the air, it's a fitting time for a flower puzzle. Find the flower answer using its anagram, minus one letter.Will Shortz00:06:50
One Word To Rule Them AllGiven: three words that start with the same letter, find a word starting with the same letter that, following each word, forms a new compound wordWill Shortz00:06:35
Looking High And Low For Middle CFor each clue, think of a common three-syllable word or name in which the middle syllable is pronounced "cee."Will Shortz00:06:31
Fool Me Once, Shame On You...Each April Fool-ish question appeared in a past issue of the 'Old Farmer's Almanac.' Each has a legit answerWill Shortz00:06:48
Changing The World One Letter At A TimeGiven a place name, change one letter to make a word with a different number of syllables than the place nameWill Shortz00:06:37
Two's Company, Three's A CrowdFor each pair of words, find a third that can follow the first and precede the second to complete a two-word phraseWill Shortz00:06:42
A High Five On The Seven SeasFor each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter wordWill Shortz00:06:31
Let's All Go To The LobbyFind a two-word phrase or title with consecutive letters L-E-T. The first word ends in L-E, the second starts with TWill Shortz00:06:28
Famous Four-By-FoursName a famous person with four letters in his first and last names, given initials and an anagram of the full nameWill Shortz00:06:41
One, Two, Three - Flip!The answer is two words. for each you'll get a clue. Reverse the first three letters of the first word to get the secondWill Shortz00:06:32
Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday ShoesFind a familiar two-word phrase. The first word has a long-A and the second has a long-U vowel sound.Will Shortz00:06:27
Drop The Zero And Get With The HeroFor each single letter given, recombine it with the letters in ZERO to spell a new word. ZERO plus F would be FROZEWill Shortz00:06:39
Take Synonyms For A SpinFor each word given, name a synonym in which the first two letters are the same as the second and third letters of the given wordWill Shortz00:06:32
Three B's Bring You To OneName a word that, when combined with three words beginning with B, completes a word or familiar phrase. Given brew, body and base, Answer: home-brew, homebody, home baseWill Shortz00:06:10
A's On Either EndEvery answer begins and ends with A. You'll be given an anagram of the letters between. Example: given E R N Answer: "arena"Will Shortz00:05:49
Two Times HarderGiven two clues. The word answering clue 1 begins A-R. Change these to E-R and you'll get a word that answers clue 2Will Shortz00:06:09
Now You Know ThemGiven a name you probably never heard of before 2013, tell who they are. All were in the news the past yearWill Shortz00:06:43
Follow Santa Claus' LeadEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with the letters SA, and the second with CWill Shortz00:06:10
When Push Comes To ShoveGiven a clue, find a five-letter word. The clue contains the answer in consecutive letters. Given: "push over hard," Answer: "shove"Will Shortz00:07:05
Noteworthy Names, In RhymeGiven rhymes for his first and last names (which start with the same group of consonants,) find the name of a famous person. Given: cycle four, Answer: Michael MooreWill Shortz00:06:07
Be THANKful For This PuzzleName things beginning with the letters in THANK. Given: U.S. states, Answer: Tennessee, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada & KentuckyWill Shortz00:07:00
Pick The TreeIdentify a tree's name from its anagram. Given: "has," Answer: "ash."Will Shortz00:06:32
More Fun Than A Dead RoseFind a made-up, two-word phrase. The vowel in the first word is a short e and in the second is a long o. A place to meditate - zen zoneWill Shortz00:00:00
Capitalize On 'This Minus That'Each answer is the name of a state capital, to be identified from its anagram. Example: "banally" minus the letter L, Answer: "Albany."Will Shortz00:06:26
Regardless Of The Answer, Stay StaidEach answer is a two-word phrase consisting of two homophones starting with S. Given: "remained dignified," Answer: "stayed staid"Will Shortz00:06:25
Hungry For A Hidden WordBrand names at the grocery. Given: "Dole - rearrange the letters to name an ore deposit". Answer: "lode."Will Shortz00:06:44
No Time To Be BashfulIn a celebrity edition of the puzzle, comedian Paula Poundstone takes on the challenge.Will Shortz00:06:12
Can You Pass This TEST?Find a two-word phrase or name where the first ends in TE and the second starts with ST. Given: "sheer force," Answer: "brute strength"Will Shortz00:06:42
Find The Rhyme And The ReasonFor each category, name things in the category starting with the letters R, H, Y, M and E.Will Shortz00:06:32
What's That Vowel Sound?Find a made-up, two-word phrase where each word has two or more syllables. The first vowel sound in the first word is a short e. Change that short e to a short a, to sound out the second wordWill Shortz00:06:37
Play The Blame GameGiven two words, find a third that rhymes with one of them and can follow each to complete a familiar two-word phraseWill Shortz00:06:41
A Most Noteworthy PuzzleEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials M.N. Given: Be pleasant in order to appease someone? Answer: Make NiceWill Shortz00:06:13
Close, But No CigarEach answer is a made-up, two-word phrase in which the two words are homophones; both start with the letter C.Will Shortz00:06:00
Shh! Listen CarefullyFind familiar two-word phrases with the consecutive letters S H H. The first word ends in SH, the second starts with HWill Shortz00:06:35
It's All Greek To MeYou're given some sentences. Each conceals the name of a language in 5 or more consecutive letters. Name the languageWill Shortz00:06:34
A Matter Of SuccessionGiven two words starting with the letter S, select a third starting with S following the first and preceding the second, to make a two-word phraseWill Shortz00:06:50
Easy As ABCEvery answer is an anagram of a word that has the letters A-B-C in it.Will Shortz00:06:36
First Names FirstFind the names of two famous people. The last name of the first is an anagram of the first name of the last. Given the non-anagram parts of the namesWill Shortz00:06:52
Supersonic Class TimeFind a familiar two-word phrase or name that has the consecutive letters S-S-T. The first ends in S S, the second starts with TWill Shortz00:06:19
The Price Of Fame: A Scrambled NameGiven two 5 letter words, find the name of a famous person by changing one letter in each word.Will Shortz00:06:34
Geography Quiz With A Spelling TwistYou're given a series of clues, and every answer is the name of a U.S. state capital.Will Shortz00:06:45
Easy As One, Two, Three InitialsYou're given three-word names of famous people. For each you get a clue to a familiar three-word phrase or title with the same initialsWill Shortz00:06:34
Shrub Becomes PresidentialEvery answer is the last name of a U.S. president, which comes from their anagrams. Example, "shrub" without R is "Bush"Will Shortz00:06:18
Keep Calm As A ClamFind two-word phrases where both words start with C and are anagrams. Example: "tranquil sea creature" is: "calm clam"Will Shortz00:06:09
Sit Tight For This OneFind a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first starts with SI, the second with T. Given: Unadorned set of facts. Answer: SImple TruthWill Shortz00:06:34
Follow Homer To Find Your WayGiven a category, name something starting with letters H-O-M-E-R. For "Chemical Elements," answer Helium, Oxygen, Magnesium, Einsteinium, & RadonWill Shortz00:06:22
Keep Your I On The PrizeEvery answer is a made-up two-word phrase in which the letter I is inserted somewhere inside the first word to get the secondWill Shortz00:06:33
Investigating The Crime SceneGiven three words starting with C, S and I find a fourth that follows each word to complete a compound word or two-word phrase.Will Shortz00:06:45
Put On Your Thinking HatEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word starts with H-A and the second word starts with T.Will Shortz00:06:38
This One Is For You, MaGiven two words starting with M-A, find a third that can follow the first and precede the second, in each case to complete a compound word or two-word phraseWill Shortz00:06:48
Two Last Names For The Price Of OneEvery answer consists of two people, either real or fictional, whose last names are anagrams of each other.Will Shortz00:07:41
As You Know, Puzzles Are A PastimeFor each given category, name something in the category where the first letter is also the first letter of the category. Example: given "Military Ranks," Answer: "Major."Will Shortz00:06:24
You'll Get It Just Right, JuniorEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials "J.R."Will Shortz00:06:29
O Say Can You C The Answer?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.Will Shortz00:06:38
A Brand-New WordThe answer is a well-known product name that spells a regular word or name backward. Find the brand. Given: "laundry detergent" and "work in a magazine office," Answer: "tide" and "edit."Will Shortz00:06:20
Hiding In Plain SightGiven a word, find a four-letter word that follows it to form a familiar phrase. The four letters of the second word can always be found inside the first. Given: "personal," Answer: "loan."Will Shortz00:06:35
Finding The Answers WithinYou'll be given clues for some five-letter words. The letters of the answer can be found consecutively somewhere inside the clue. Given: "Teenagers' language," Answer: "slang".Will Shortz00:00:00
Take Your PicsFind a familiar two-word phrase or name where the first word starts with P I and the second word starts with C. Given: "Mozart composition" Answer: "Piano Concerto."Will Shortz00:06:33
From A To ZEvery answer is a word containing an A and a Z. Given anagrams of the remaining letters, you name the word. For example given "leg," you would say "glaze."Will Shortz00:06:37
Perfectly PuzzlingGiven two words starting with the letter P, Name a third word starting with P that can follow the first and precede the second, to complete a familiar two-word phrase.Will Shortz00:06:43
Rolling R's Into Wise WordsYou will be given some words starting with the letter R. You name a proverb or saying that contains each one.Will Shortz00:06:55
Mr. President, What's Your Name?Given a word or phrase that's a president's last name with two letters changed, name the president. Example: Given "Carpet," the answer is "Carter."Will Shortz00:06:50
The Answer Lies WithinEvery answer is a three-letter word that ends a familiar two-word phrase. Given the first word of the phrase, provide the three-letter word that ends it.Will Shortz00:06:38
Tackle 'Yards' To Make A TouchdownIt's Super Bowl Week. For each category, name something beginning with each of the letters Y, A, R, D and S. Given: "Girls' Names," Answer: Yvonne, Alice, Rachel, Donna and Sally.Will Shortz00:06:25
Two Blanks For The Price Of OneGiven some sentences with two blanks, add the letters E and Y to the word in the first blank to get the word in the second blank.Will Shortz00:06:22
The Names Of The GameGiven first names of two famous people, drop the first letter of the first person's last name to get the second person's last name. Given "Harold" and "Kingsley," Answer: "Harold Ramis" & "Kingsley Amis."Will Shortz00:06:15
Two Is Company, Three Is A CrowdGiven three 3-letter words, give a 3-letter word that can follow each to complete a familiar 6-letter word. Given "dam," "man" and "sew," the answer would be "age," ("damage," "manage", "sewage")Will Shortz00:06:59
Scrambling To Ring In The New YearTake the letters Y-E-A-R. Add one letter and scramble to make a new word that answers the clue. Given the clue "maker of aspirin", the answer would be "Bayer."Will Shortz00:00:00
If You Didn't Know, Now You KnowThe annual "new names in the news" quiz. Given some names who made news during the past 12 months, you say who they are.Will Shortz00:06:51
Unwrap 'Christmas' For Your GiftFind a word formed from the letters of "Christmas," given two words as clues. The first can precede the answer word, and the second can follow it - in each case to complete a compound word or two-word phrase.Will Shortz00:06:12
Sticking With The Sunshine StateEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with "F" and the second word starts with "LA."Will Shortz00:06:32
Quick! Sneak In That 'QU'Every answer is a six-letter word containing "QU". Given anagrams of the remaining four letters, name the words (No answer is a plural or a word formed by adding "s").Will Shortz00:06:35
Untangle An 'Act Of God'Given a 3 word phrase in the form "_ of _", rearrange the first and last words to get a well-known phrase. Example: "Cat of dog", Answer: "Act of God"Will Shortz00:06:45
More Delicious Than A Chard ShardEvery answer is a two-word phrase in which the first word starts with CH, and the second word is pronounced the same as the first except with an SH sound at the start.Will Shortz00:06:30
Being Initially FamousEach clue is a 2 or 3 word description of a famous person where the first letters of the description are the initials of the person. Given: "Motown great," Answer: Marvin Gaye.Will Shortz00:07:24
Saluting The FlagSunday is Veterans Day. Given a category, name something in it beginning with each of the letters F, L, A, G and S.Will Shortz00:06:45
What's In A Name?Each answer is two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last. Given the nonanagram parts of the names, find the people.Will Shortz00:06:42
Answer Me These Words ThreeFind three-word phrases where each word rhymes, has four letters, and ends in the same three letters. Given: "Great vintner's offerings." Answer: "Fine wine line."Will Shortz00:06:40
'Poked' & 'Tummy' Become 'Poker' & 'Rummy'Given two words, change one letter in each to make two words that name things in the same category. (Hint: In each pair, the letter that you change to is the same.)Will Shortz00:06:20
Where, 'O' Where Shall I Put You?Find a two-word phrase where the letter "O" is added at the end of the first word to make the second word. Given: "Pack animal owned by Thomas Jefferson's first vice president" Answer: "Burr burro"Will Shortz00:06:26
Frog Stuck In Your C-R-O-A-T?Name something in a category starting with each of the letters in the word "Croat." For the category "boy's names," you might say Chris, Roger, Otto, Adam and Terry.Will Shortz00:06:00
Seeing DoubleEvery answer today is a six-letter word or name that has a repeated two-letter pair. You'll be given the pair of letters and a clue, and you provide the words.Will Shortz00:06:20
Finding Consecutively Good TV ShowsEvery answer is the name of a TV show found in at least six consecutive letters in a sentence. In the sentence "We watched the acrobat many times," the answer is BATMAN.Will Shortz00:06:25
Missing In ActionEvery answer is a familiar phrase in the form of "___ and ___." Given the two missing words, each with a letter removed, you give the phrases. Example, given "lot and fund:" answer: "lost and found."Will Shortz00:06:20
Drawing A Blank (Or Two)Given sentences with two blanks, put a word starting with R in the first blank, then move that R to the end to make a new word that goes in the second blank.Will Shortz00:06:37
'Amusing' 19th Century RiddlesWithout a bridle or a saddle, across a thing I ride astraddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see.Will Shortz00:06:30
What Hat Holds The Answer?Every answer is a two-word phrase in which one of the words starts with W, and the other word is the same with the W removed. Given "desires scurrying insects," the answer is "wants ants."Will Shortz00:06:25
Shuffle The Anagram, K?"Anagram K-pers." Every answer is a familiar word starting with the letter "K." You identify the words from their anagrams. For example, K + vane will make "knave."Will Shortz00:06:39
In The End, There Will Be ChemistryYou are given the ends of the names of three things that are all in the same category. You name the category.Will Shortz00:07:03
Two Up FrontGiven two five-letter words, put the same pair of letters in front of each of them to get two familiar seven-letter words.Will Shortz00:06:37
Former Olympic SportsEvery answer is a former Olympic sport. Given an anagram, you name the sport. For example, "flog" becomes "golf."Will Shortz00:06:24
One For The PROsEach answer is a two-word phrase where the first word starts with "P" and the second starts with "RO." For the clue, "moving part of an automobile engine," the answer is "piston rod."Will Shortz00:00:00
Following The TrailName words starting with each of the letters in the word "trail" in a given category. For the category "books of the Bible": Timothy, Ruth, Amos, Isaiah and Leviticus.Will Shortz00:06:51
Split The SixFor each six-letter word given, rearrange the letters to make two three-letter words that rhyme. Given "tweets," the answer would be "wet" and "set."Will Shortz00:06:46
Baseball DiamondEvery answer is the name of a Major League Baseball team. Given anagrams of their names, each with one letter added, name the teams. Example: "dress" would be "Reds."Will Shortz00:06:39
Finding The Common ThreadGiven three words starting with the letter "F," find a word that follows each of the words to give familiar two-word phrases. Given "flag, father's and field," the answer is "day."Will Shortz00:00:00
Hit Me Baby One More TimeEvery answer is a word, phrase or name starting with the letter "B," ending in "Y" and having "A" and "B" inside, in that order. "Assistant to a baseball team" would be either "batboy" or "ballboy."Will Shortz00:06:46
This Changes Everything!Given a sentence, change one letter in one word to make a new word which completely reverses the meaning of the sentence.Will Shortz00:06:45
That's Jakarta, With A Capital 'J'Every answer is the name of a world capital. Given clues to its phonetic parts, name the capital. For example, given the clues "person from Bangkok" and "salary," the answer is Taipei.Will Shortz00:06:17
Shot In The DarkEvery answer is a phrase in the form "_ in the _." You'll be given rhymes for the first and last words, and you give the phrases.Will Shortz00:07:05
Initially Famous 2: Electric BoogalooThis week's on-air challenge is a twist on "Characteristic Initials." We gives clues for some famous people, past and present. The initial letters of the clues are also the initials of the answers.Will Shortz00:06:39
Move To The Back Of The LineThe word "mother" has a surprising property. If you move the first two letters to the end, you get "thermo." Every answer today is another word that, when moving the first two letters to the end, gives another word or phrase.Will Shortz00:06:20
Brave Sir RobinFor each category, name something starting with each letter in the word "robin." Given: "two-syllable boys' names," the answers could be Roger, Omar, Barry, Isaac and Neville.Will Shortz00:06:37
Look Left And RightAnswers are familiar three-word phrases in which the second word is "and" and the first word starts with the letter "L." You'll be given the last word of the phrase - you must identify the first word. Given "master," the answer would be "lord."Will Shortz00:06:05
A Puzzle Worthy Of Don DraperGiven an advertising slogan in which the letters of the last word are scrambled, unscramble the word, then name the product or company. Example: "Get a piece of the cork," becomes "Get a piece of the rock."Will Shortz00:06:36
A Challenge That Is Initially FamousYou'll be given a two- or three-word description of a famous person. The initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person.Will Shortz00:06:51
Mix-Up At The Music FestEvery answer is the name of a popular music group, past or present. You'll be given clues in which two letters in the group's name have been changed. For example, given "The Bench Boss," the answer would be "The Beach Boys."Will Shortz00:07:05
Knowledge Of SpiritsToday's challenges are from an old English book called "Lateral Thinking Puzzles" by Hannah Robson and Nick Hoare. They all have a drinking theme, and they'll test your wits.Will Shortz00:07:04
Lax With Your AnswersEvery answer to this week's puzzle is a word or phrase containing the consecutive letters A-X. You'll be given clues and anagrams to the answers.Will Shortz00:06:44
If I Were An Animal, I'd Be An AlpacaName something in a given category such that the last two letters of the category's name are the first two letters of your answer. Given "U.S. state," the answer would be either "Texas" or "Tennessee."Will Shortz00:07:05
This Puzzle Gets Cracked When Opposites AttractEvery answer consists of two words that are opposites. You are given rhymes for the words, and you give the opposites.Will Shortz00:06:46
A Puzzling Grab Bag Of PhrasesToday's puzzle is a grab bag. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with B-A and the second word starts with G.Will Shortz00:06:49
The Best Picture Oscar Goes To...In honor of the Oscars, every answer is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Identify the films from their anagrams.Will Shortz00:07:03
Two States Enter, One Four-Letter Word LeavesEvery answer consists of two adjoining U.S. states. Each clue is a four-letter word formed by letters starting the two state names. Given "mist," an answer is "Mississippi" and "Tennessee."Will Shortz00:06:27
Hey, I've Got Five On It!Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase, name or title in which each word has five letters. For example, "Royal Opera House."Will Shortz00:06:48
Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Anti-TicEach clue contains at least one seven-letter word. Rearrange the letters in that word to answer the clue.Will Shortz00:06:01
This Puzzle Is The PitsEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with "PI" and the second word starts with "T."Will Shortz00:07:03
Sitting Comfortably In BetweenGiven two things in the same category, name the only other thing in that category falling between the given things alphabetically. Given: "Mars" & "Saturn" Answer: "Mercury."Will Shortz00:10:08
Second To LastThink of a word that can follow a given word to complete a familiar phrase or name. The first two letters of the word must be the second and last letters, respectively, of the given word. Given "fallen," the answer is "angel."Will Shortz00:07:18
Arrange The NotesEach answer is a five-letter word or phrase containing the letters N, O, T, E plus one other letter. Answer the clues to get the words.Will Shortz00:07:10
The Fame GameIn our annual year-end news quiz, you are given new names in the news - people you probably never heard of before 2011, but who became famous during the past 12 months. Explain why they're famous.Will Shortz00:06:50
Unwrap The Phrase To Reveal A GiftIdentify a gift for a child spelled by consecutive letters in familiar two-word phrases. For example, if given "tomato paste," the answer would be "top."Will Shortz00:00:00
Rearranging Titles On The Magazine RackRearrange a series of anagrams to identify some well-known magazines. Given "never point," rearrange the letters to spell "Prevention," a popular health magazine.Will Shortz00:07:33
Teasing Out A New WordAdd a letter to create new words in a series of word teasers.Will Shortz00:06:33
Making Changes Is Up To YouChange one letter in each word of a made-up, two-word phrase to get two new words that will start a familiar proverb or saying. Determining which letters to change is up to you.Will Shortz00:06:41
Keep Your Head Above WaterEach answer is a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase containing the consecutive letters H-H-O, as in H2O. For example, given: "Dutch province containing Rotterdam and The Hague," the answer: "South Holland."Will Shortz00:06:41
Where In The Blank Are The Answers?Every answer is a familiar phrase in the form of "blank for blank". Given the word that follows for, what's the first word that precedes it? For example, given "joy," the answer would be "jump" as in "jump for joy".Will Shortz00:07:02
A Four-Letter Word For Capital CityGiven a four-letter word, the first two letters are the first two letters of the world capital city's name, and the last two are the last two letters of the country's name. Given "loin," the answer would be London, Great Britain.Will Shortz00:06:37
Two Words Enter, One Meaning LeavesGiven a five-letter word and seven-letter word. Rearrange the letters of one of them to get a synonym of the other. Given "alloy" and "devoted," the answer is "loyal," an anagram of "alloy."Will Shortz00:06:41
Putting The Name Back In The FameGiven the name of a famous person without the first and last letters of their first and last names, find the name. For example, given "err row," the answer is "Jerry Brown."Will Shortz00:06:41
Sometimes You've Got To Find The Right WordGiven three words, name the fourth word that, when added to each, creates a familiar two-word phrase. The answer rhymes with one of the words. Given "boob," "inner" and "test," the fourth word is "tube."Will Shortz00:06:43
A Puzzle Riddled With ObjectsIdentify the objects described in a series of riddles from A New Collection of Riddles by Jesse Cochran.Will Shortz00:06:41
A Highly Logical Christopher ColumbusIdentify errors of fact, logic and grammar in a short essay on Christopher Columbus.Will Shortz00:05:19
A Supreme Court OrderIn honor of the start of the Supreme Court's new term, think of five words related to a given category whose first letters spell out "court." For example, if the category was girls' names, the answers could be Connie, Olga, Uma, Rachel and Tina.Will Shortz00:05:36
Islands In The StreamName the well-known island concealed in consecutive letters of each sentence. For example: "Helga is a saucy Prussian." The answer: "Cyprus."Will Shortz00:07:19
A College Campus Mix-UpEvery answer is the name of a college or university. You must identify the schools from their anagrams. For example: "ICER" The answer: "RICE."Will Shortz00:07:36
The End Is The BeginningWill names something in a category. The challenge is to name something else in the same category in which the last two letters of Will's word are the first two letters of the answer.Will Shortz00:06:37
An Anagram ChallengeEvery answer is the name of a card game. You must name the game from its anagram. For example: "THIS" plus "W". The answer is: "WHIST"Will Shortz00:06:10
Lest We ForgetEvery word is a compound word, or a familiar two-word phrase or name, with the consecutive letters L E S T. The first word ends in L E and second part starts with S T. For example, "activity in a seminary" - "Bible study."Will Shortz00:07:02
Finding The EndsGiven a category, name something in it that ends in the letters E,N,D, and S. For example, if the category is boy's names, the answer could be Luke, Aaron, David and James.Will Shortz00:05:55
Race To The TopEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with TO and the second word starts with P. Given, "a person who is responsible for organizing a series of live concerts," the answer is "tour promoter."Will Shortz00:07:00
Hey, How About A Roll In The Hay?Each answer is a pair of homophones, words that sound alike but spelled differently. You are given two words: One would precede one of the homophones, the other would follow the other, to complete a familiar two-word phrase. Given the words "hay" and "jumper," the answer would be "bale" as in "hay bale" and "bail" as in "bail jumper."Will Shortz00:06:56
A Stroll Down Main StreetEvery answer is the name of a state capital. You are given a word. The first letters in the word are the first letters in the name of the capital. The last letters in the word are the last letters in that state's capital.Will Shortz00:06:08
Barking Up The Right TreeEvery answer is a compound word or a two-word phrase. Each part is a single syllable. The vowel sound in the first half is a long I, and and in the second half it's a long O. "Something found on a fir tree," would be "pine cone."Will Shortz00:06:59
Call My BluffEvery answer ends with the letter F. You are given an anagram of the letters before the F. For example, given the word "flub," the answer would be "bluff."Will Shortz00:06:08
Losing Letters One Blank At A TimeYou are given a series of sentences, each of which is missing three words. The word in the first blank is five letters long. Drop the last letter to get a four-letter word for the second blank and the last letter to get a three-letter answer for the third blank.Will Shortz00:06:53
Screen PlayEach answer is the name of a well-known film. You are given three words. Say the words out loud quickly to identify the film. For example, given the words "booty," "Andy" and "pieced," the answer would be Beauty and the BeastWill Shortz00:07:13
A Word Game In Rare FormThe four rarest letters in the alphabet are J, Q, X and Z. You are given a familiar word and must change one letter in it to a J, Q, X or Z to get another familiar word. For example, given the clue "enact," the answer would be "exact."Will Shortz00:06:34
It's Lonely At The TOPYou are given three words, starting with the letters T, O and P, and must come up with a fourth word that can follow the words and complete a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given the words "taste," "oral" and "paternity," the answer would be "test," as in "taste test," "oral test" and "paternity test."Will Shortz00:06:18
Your Goose Is CookedEvery answer is a compound word or familiar two-word phrase, in which the first word has a long O for its vowel sound and the second word has a long U. For example, given the clue "a traditional Christmas entre," the answer is "goose."Will Shortz00:05:58
Audie Cornish Is The New Host. True Or False?You are given a statement and must determine whether it is true or false.Will Shortz00:07:52
Everything's Coming Up RosesGiven an item in an unnamed category, name something else in the category. The answer must start with the first two letters in the clue, only reversed. Example: given "orchid," the answer is "rose" (the category being flowers).Will Shortz00:06:13
As A Matter Of CourseGiven a sentence with two blanks: The first blank has O as its second letter. Change the O to get the word that goes in the second blank. Example: "If I were to hit my thumb with a hammer, of ___ I would ___." The answer: "course" and "curse."Will Shortz00:06:59
Moms Are DownRight ExcellentIn honor of Mother's Day, come up with items in each of the given categories that start with the letters of the word "Madre." For example, for the category "3-letter boys' names," the answer would include Moe, Art, Don, Ray and Eli.Will Shortz00:06:18
Where It's AtEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase with AT in the middle. The letter A ends the first word of the phrase, and the letter T begins the second word. For "trying something while changes are still being made," the answer would be "beta test."Will Shortz00:07:41
The Name GameYou are given the first names of famous people and must figure out their last names. The last two letters of the first name, when reversed, are the first two letters of the last name. For example, given "Brad," the answer would be "Davis," as in Brad Davis, the actor.Will Shortz00:06:47
Cool As A CucumberEvery answer is a simile, in the form "_ as a _." You are given a rhyme for the first and last words. For example, given "dead as a street," the answer would be "red as a beet."Will Shortz00:07:04
This Should Be A Piece Of CakeEvery answer is a pair of homophones, like "wait" and "weight." You are given a word that can precede one homophone and follow the other, in each case, to complete a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "chess" and "pipe," the answer would be "piece" and "peace."Will Shortz00:06:07
Try One On For SizeEvery answer is a familiar proverb or saying that contains a word that starts with the letter T. You are given the T word and must guess the saying. For some words, there are multiple answers. For example, given the word "try," the answer could be, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."Will Shortz00:06:22
A Step In The Right DirectionEvery answer is the name of a famous person. The first and second letters of the person's last name are the third and second letters of the first name. For example, given the first name "Harold," the answer would be "Ramis" (the actor, screenwriter and director).Will Shortz00:07:30
'Inset' Is Set In The AnswerEvery answer is a seven-letter word in which the middle five letters are the letters in the word "inset" in some order.Will Shortz00:06:42
Fill In The BlanksYou are given a sentence that contains two blanks. The word in the first blank contains a J sound. Change that to a CH sound to get the second word and complete the sentence.Will Shortz00:06:51
A Tip Of The HatEach answer is a familiar two-word phrase. The first word starts with H-A and the second word starts with T. For example, given the clue "a brand of tanning lotion," the answer would be "Hawaiian Tropic."Will Shortz00:06:53
A President Is PresentEach word you are given conceals the name of a U.S. president in left-to-right order, but the letters are not consecutive. For example, given the clue "hairdressing, in seven letters," the answer would be "Harding."Will Shortz00:07:33
Et Tu, EU?Every answer is a word or phrase in which the first syllable is E-U. For example, given the clue "Holy Communion," the answer would be "Eucharist."Will Shortz00:07:41
The Ol' SwitcherooEach clue ends in a four-letter word with a single vowel. Change this vowel to a different vowel to make a new four-letter word. The new word will start the answer to the clue.Will Shortz00:06:55
No Business Like Snow BusinessYou are given clues, and each answer has the letters S, N, O and W in it.Will Shortz00:07:30
Two B's Or Not Two B'sEvery answer is a familiar word with two B's in a row somewhere inside it. You are given an anagram of the other letters in the word. For example, given "oat," the answer would be "abbot."Will Shortz00:06:53
Show Us Your Independent StreakEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase, name or title containing the consecutive letters I-N-D, as in "independent." For example, given the clue "19th-century British prime minister," the answer would be "Benjamin Disraeli."Will Shortz00:07:22
Think They Rhyme? Think AgainEvery answer is a made up two-word phrase in which the two words look like they should rhyme, but they don't. For example, given the clue "desires trousers," the answer would be "wants pants."Will Shortz00:07:05
Remember These Names From 2010?It's our annual year-end news quiz, prepared with the help of Kathy Baker and Tim Goodman. You are given names you've probably never heard of before 2010, but they became famous in the past 12 months.Will Shortz00:07:45
Bringing Good Things To LifeEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase with the initials G-E. For example, given the clue "traditional Christmas activity," the answer would be "gift exchange."Will Shortz00:07:41
A Cut Above AverageYou are given three clues. The answer is a word that can follow each of the clues to complete a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "batting, grade-point and below," the answer would be "average." In addition, each answer has seven letters.Will Shortz00:06:55
Driven To SucceedYou are given some words and names from a category and must name something else in the category that can be spelled from the letters in the clue. For example, given "Dodge," the answer would be "Geo." Here the category is cars.Will Shortz00:07:48
Starring S And BEvery answer is a six-letter word or phrase that contains the consecutive letters S and B. For example, given the clue "comic Bill and others," the answer would be "Cosbys."Will Shortz00:07:05
Constant ConsonantsEvery answer consists of two things in the same category that start with the same pair of consonants. You are given rhymes for the items. For example, given "mean" and "way," the answer would be "green" and "gray." ("Green" and "gray" are both colors and start with the same pair of consonants, G and R.)Will Shortz00:07:42
A Wish Upon A StarYou are given an anagram and must rearrange the letters to name a Walt Disney film. For example, given "iconic hop," the answer would be "Pinocchio."Will Shortz00:07:22
Don't Draw A BlankYou are given a sentence with two blanks. The word that goes in the first blank contains an "oy" sound. Change this to an "oo" sound, and phonetically, you'll get a new word that goes in the second blank to complete the sentence.Will Shortz00:07:45
Opportunity Comes KnockingYou are given a word and must provide a second word to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first letter of the word must be the last letter of the word given, and the last letter of the word must be the first letter of the word given. For example, given the clue "photo," the answer would be "op."Will Shortz00:07:58
Creature Double FeatureYou are given categories. For each of the categories, name an item starting with each of the letters in the word "ghost." For example, given the category "girls names," answers could be Greta, Hilda, Olive, Sue and Trish.Will Shortz00:07:25
Power PlayEach answer is a two-word phrase in which the first word begins with P-O and the second word begins with P (and is not followed by an O). For example, given the clue "his or hers," the answer would be "possessive pronoun."Will Shortz00:07:35
Why Not Add Y?Every answer is a word that starts with the letter Y. You are given a clue that is an anagram of the answer before Y is added. For example, given "wan," the answer would be "yawn."Will Shortz00:07:20
Connect The Unconnected CategoriesYou are given two categories and must name two things in both of them. For example, given "male singers who have No. 1 hits" and "state capitals," the answers would be John Denver (Denver is the capital of Colorado) and Michael Jackson (Jackson is the capital of Mississippi).Will Shortz00:06:58
Take Hold And Make A HoleYou are given two sentences, each with two blanks. The word that goes in the first blank ends with the letter D. Drop the D and phonetically, you'll get a new word that goes in the second blank to complete the sentence. For example, answers might be "field" to "feel" or "beard" to "beer."Will Shortz00:07:23
This Puzzle Is The PitsEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase, in which the first word starts with P-I and the second word starts with T. For example, given "path taken by early settlers in the West," the answer would "pioneer trail."Will Shortz00:07:26
Get In the GameEvery answer is a familiar three-word phrase starting with "in the." You are given the interior letters of the last word plus a clue to the full phrase. For example, given "A-R-D" and the clue "likely," the answer would be "in the cards."Will Shortz00:07:42
Rhyming Compound WordsYou are given a compound word and a clue. The answer is another compound word whose halves rhyme, respectively, with the halves of the original compound word. For example, given "lamplight," with the clue "a place to sleep outdoors," the answer would be "campsite."Will Shortz00:07:46
Hopelessly Devoted To A ChallengeYou are given a five-letter word and a seven-letter word. Rearrange the letters of one of the words to get a synonym of the other word. For example, given "alloy" and "devoted," the answer would be "loyal."Will Shortz00:07:51
Fill In The BlanksYou are given sentences with the last two words missing. Add the letter F before the missing word that goes first to get a new word that follows it.Will Shortz00:07:46
A Syllable SolutionRemove the vowel in the first syllable of one word to come up with a new word that's a syllable shorter but sounds the same. For example, "succumb" becomes "scum."Will Shortz00:06:42
Can You See The Trees?Each sentence conceals the name of a tree in consecutive letters. For example, given "Use soap, please," the answer would be "apple."Will Shortz00:08:17
Time To Get Very CreativeEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials V.C. For example, given "serving of calf's meat," the answer would be "veal chop."Will Shortz00:08:37
It's Just A Walk In The ParkEvery answer is the name of a U.S. national park. You are given an anagram of the park's name and asked to identify it. For example, given "search," the answer would be "arches," as in Arches National Park in Utah.Will Shortz00:07:27
You Have The Right Of WayEvery answer is a familiar phrase or title in the form of "blank of blank," where the word before "of" starts with the letter R. You are given the word that follows "of" and must come up with the phrase. For example, given "Saturn," the answer would be "Rings."Will Shortz00:07:46
A Bundle Of LaughsYou are given two words and must provide a third word that can go in between them. The answer will follow the first word and precede the second to complete two familiar two-word phrases.Will Shortz00:07:22
Show Us Your IDEvery answer is a familiar, two-word phrase with the initials I-D. For example, for: "A fake gem for a ring." The answer is "Imitation Diamond."Will Shortz00:07:20
The Answers Run The GamutYou are given categories and must name items within those categories that begin with the letters G, A, M, U and T. For example, given the category "girls' names," possible answers would be Gloria, Amelia, Martha, Ursula and Theresa.Will Shortz00:07:57
Well Hello, Dolly!Every answer is the first name of one famous person and the last name of another, in which the names are anagrams. For example, "Dolly Lloyd" for "Dolly Parton and Christopher Lloyd."Will Shortz00:07:21
A Port Of CallEvery answer is a word or name that contains the syllable "port." For example, given the clue "consequential," the answer would be "important."Will Shortz00:07:44
Master Of CeremoniesEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word ends in the letter M and the second word starts with C. For example, given "Lysol or Comet product," the answer would be "bathroom cleaner."Will Shortz00:06:45
Pearls Of WisdomYou are given clues for two words. Add an "L" at the end of the first word and you'll get the second one. For example, given "a fruit and a gem from an oyster," the answer would be "pear" and "pearl."Will Shortz00:07:36
All The Clues Fit To PrintFor each word you are given, change one letter to get a common name for a newspaper. For example, given "tomes" the answer is "Times."Will Shortz00:06:52
A Real American HeroFor each category given, name things that fall under it that begin with the letters in 'G.I. Joe.' For example, given the category 'large,' the answers could be 'gigantic,' 'immense,' 'jumbo,' 'oversized' and 'enormous.'Will Shortz00:07:25
Oh, There's Always Room For 'Gel'Each answer is a familiar two-word phrase containing the consecutive letters G-E-L. For example, given the clue 'where a university student may study,' the answer would be 'college library.'Will Shortz00:07:21
What Does It All Mean?This week's on-air puzzle is an extension of last week's challenge in which a group of letters and symbols represent a familiar word or phrase.Will Shortz00:08:51
Make A Mental NoteYou are given two six-letter words. Rearrange the letters of one word to get a rhyme of the other word.Will Shortz00:07:39
Accentuate The PositiveA "dactyl" is a metrical foot in three syllables, accented on the first syllable, like "Anderson." Every answer is the name of a famous person whose full name is a double dactyl, like "Pamela Anderson."Will Shortz00:07:34
Two-For-One TravelEvery answer is the name of a country. For each word given, take two consecutive letters in that word and change them to one letter to name a country. For example, in the word CUBIC, you would change IC into an A to spell CUBA.Will Shortz00:07:32
Divide And ConquerEvery answer is a six-letter word, name or phrase in which the first five letters read backward and forward the same. In other words, if you drop the last letter, what's left will be a palindrome.Will Shortz00:07:42
Initial HereEvery answer today is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials 'E' and 'S.' For example: 'Today.' The answer is: 'Easter Sunday.'Will Shortz00:07:23
The Long And Short Of 'I'This week, Will Shortz gives clues for two words. Each of the words has two syllables. The first vowel sound in the first word is a short 'I.' Change it to a long 'I' sound, and phonetically you'll get a new word that answers the second clue.Will Shortz00:07:34
What's In A Name? PlentyThis week, Will Shortz's game involves famous people whose last names are used to finish a sentence - only the names have been turned into anagrams. Take, for example, the sentence "Andre is a gas." Rearrange the letters in the last three words to get the answer: "Agassi."Will Shortz00:07:17
The A-B-Cs Of AnagramsThis week, Will Shortz's game involves anagrams, and every word contains the letters A, B and C. For example: To get a type of metal, use A-B-C along with the letters L, O and T to form "cobalt."Will Shortz00:07:30
Just Two Little WordsGiven a word, you must give a word that can follow it to make a familiar two word phrase. The third and fourth letters of the first word must be the first 2 letters of the response. For example, for "fashion," the answer would be "show."Will Shortz00:07:53
Put An EE On ItThis week, Will Shortz's game involves two words. The challenge is to add an EE sound at the end of the first word to get the second word. Example: For "A person with a bank account" and "tasty" - the answer would be "saver" and "savory."Will Shortz00:07:55
Let There Be L-I-G-H-TThis is a game of categories. For each one, name something in it starting with each of the letters "L-I-G-H-T" in any order. For example, if the category is two-syllable girls' names, the answer might be, Lila, Irene, Georgette, Holly and Tina.Will Shortz00:08:00
The 'Pen' Is Mighty In This GameEvery answer is a word whose second syllable is "pen." For example, given the clue, "a child, say, on one's tax return," the answer is, "de-pen-dent."Will Shortz00:08:09
In Honor Of The Super BowlEvery answer today is a word used in football. Given three words, you give a word that can follow each to give a familiar two word phrase. The answer will always be a football term. For example, if the clue is "year, tag and dead," the answer would be "end."Will Shortz00:07:54
Alma Maters (Or, A Smart Male)Every answer is the name of a college or university. Given an anagram, the contestant names the school. For example, if the clue is "lay" plus "e," the answer is "Yale."Will Shortz00:07:43
Who Killed This Puzzle?Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase with the initials J.R. For example, if the clue is "going for a spin in a stolen car," the answer would be "joy ride."Will Shortz00:08:15
The Bad Pun Department Strikes AgainEvery answer is a word, name or familiar phrase with alternating A's. For example, if the clue is "Woody Allen movie," the answer is "Bananas."Will Shortz00:09:09
Fresh From The Bad Pun DepartmentEach sentence has a blank. Fill the blank with the name of a vegetable that can complete the sentence in a "punny" way.Will Shortz00:08:26
I'll See Your Susan Boyle And Raise You A Balloon BoyIt's time for Will Shortz's annual names-in-the-news quiz. Will gives the names of people that you almost certainly never heard of before 2009, but who became suddenly famous during the past 12 months.Will Shortz00:07:28
Can You See Through From Me To You?Every answer is a familiar phrase in the form blank to blank, as in "bored to tears." Each clue is a compound word or common two-word phrase in which the first part rhymes with the first word in the answer and the second part rhymes with the last word in the answer.Will Shortz00:08:42
These Phrases Have A Shushing EffectToday's puzzle is called "Shhh." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word starts with S-H and the second word starts with H. For example, if the clue is "restraining device with a diagonal strap across the chest," the answer would be "shoulder harness."Will Shortz00:08:06
'I' Will LeadEach clue in today's puzzle is a word that contains the letter "I" inside. Rearrange the letters to get a new word that starts with the letter "I." For example, if the clue is "Susie," the answer would be "issue."Will Shortz00:08:50
Nouns In Famous People's NamesEvery answer is the name of a famous person. The person's last name is a plural noun that is part of a category. The clues are the person's first name and the category of the last name. For example, if the clues are 'Britney' and 'weapons,' the answer is 'Britney Spears,' because spears are weapons.Will Shortz00:08:41
Solving This One Will Be A Fine TrickEvery answer is a familiar two-word phrase that has the letters N-E-T consecutively inside. Specifically, the letters N-E will end the first word, and T will start the second. For example, if the clue is "cause of a breakdown on the road," the answer would be "engine trouble."Will Shortz00:07:05
A Tale Of Turkey, Full Of 'Blobs'This is a game called 'Blobs' that Will Shortz found in an old book of party games. Will talks about his recent trip to Turkey, and the account has a number of intentional errors. Every time there's an error of fact, logic or word usage, the player says 'blob.'Will Shortz00:11:06
Familiar Phrases Starting With 'T'Every answer in today's puzzle is a familiar phrase in the form BLANK of BLANK, where the first word starts with the letter "T." Given the last word of the phrase, the player must give the first word.Will Shortz00:07:03
Categories Fit For 'Radio'To mark Liane Hansen's 20th anniversary hosting Weekend Edition Sunday, this puzzle is a game of categories using the word "radio." Will Shortz names the categories, and the guest names something in the categories beginning with each of the letters in "radio."Will Shortz00:09:01
Fill In The BlanksEach clue is a sentence with two blanks. Fill in the blanks with two words that complete the phrase. But here's the twist: The words that complete the sentence are homophones of the words in the answer phrase.Will Shortz00:07:52

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