Will Shortz http://nwpr.org en If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line http://nwpr.org/post/if-you-cut-middle-go-end-line <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324333349/oh-you-know-the-answer">created a previous challenge</a>. Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Will Shortz 48577 at http://nwpr.org If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line Floating Down The Anagram River http://nwpr.org/post/floating-down-anagram-river <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is geographical. Every answer is the name of a river — identify it using its anagram minus a letter. Example: Top minus T = Po (River).<p><strong>Last Week's Challenge:</strong> Name part of a TV that contains the letter C. Replace the C with the name of a book of the Old Testament, keeping all the letters in order. The result will name a sailing vessel of old. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Will Shortz 47506 at http://nwpr.org Floating Down The Anagram River A Puzzle In The Merry Merry Month Of May http://nwpr.org/post/puzzle-merry-merry-month-may <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> The theme of today's puzzle is May. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with MA and the second word ends with Y. Example: Alcoholic beverage made from fermented mash: Malt Whiskey<p><strong>Last Week's Challenge:</strong> Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically. The result will name an ailment. Sun, 25 May 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Will Shortz 46472 at http://nwpr.org A Puzzle In The Merry Merry Month Of May April Showers Bring Puzzle Flowers http://nwpr.org/post/april-showers-bring-puzzle-flowers <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> With spring in the air, it's a fitting time for a flower puzzle. Find the flower answer using its anagram, minus one letter. Example: R-I-S-H-I, minus H, is "iris."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Louis Sargent of Portland, Ore:</strong> Name a well-known American company. Insert a W somewhere inside the name, and you'll get two consecutive titles of popular TV shows of the past. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Will Shortz 44650 at http://nwpr.org April Showers Bring Puzzle Flowers Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks http://nwpr.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 14:29:00 +0000 Will Shortz 41879 at http://nwpr.org Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks Get Ready To Flip Your Lid http://nwpr.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 41544 at http://nwpr.org Get Ready To Flip Your Lid Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero http://nwpr.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 40841 at http://nwpr.org Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) http://nwpr.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 14:21:00 +0000 Will Shortz 40509 at http://nwpr.org Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette) Three B's Bring You To One http://nwpr.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 13:07:00 +0000 Will Shortz 40200 at http://nwpr.org Three B's Bring You To One A's On Either End http://nwpr.org/post/either-end <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a word that begins and ends with the letter A. You'll be given an anagram of the letters between the A's. For example, given "ern," you would say, "arena."<p><strong>Last week's challenge: </strong>Name something in five letters that's generally pleasant, it's a nice thing to have. Add the letters A and Y, and rearrange the result, keeping the A and Y together as a pair. You'll get the seven-letter word that names an unpleasant version of the five-letter thing. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Will Shortz 39899 at http://nwpr.org A's On Either End