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Keep Your Head Above Water

On-Air Challenge:Each answer is a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase containing the consecutive letters H-H-O, as in H 2O. For example, given the clue "Dutch province containing Rotterdam and The Hague," the answer would be "South Holland."

Last Week's Challenge:Name a food item. Divide this word in half. Take the second half followed by the first half twice, and you'll get a familiar saying. If you take the second half twice, followed by the first half, you'll name a well-known person. What are the food item, saying and person's name?

Answer: The food item is mayo, the saying is "Yo, mama," and the person's name is Yo-Yo Ma.

Winner: Rob Dobrusin of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Next Week's Challenge from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif.: Think of a common five-letter word in one syllable. Change the fourth letter to the next letter of the alphabet, and you'll get a common word in two syllables, also in five letters. What words are these?

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If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz has appeared on Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978).