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Testing Your Wits With Knowledge Of Spirits

On-Air Challenge: Today's challenges are from an old English book called Lateral Thinking Puzzlesby Hannah Robson and Nick Hoare. They all have a drinking theme, and they'll test your wits.

Last Week's Challenge from listener Doug Heller of Flourtown, Pa.:Think of a much-discussed subject in the news with two words (five letters in the first, six letters in the last). The letters of the five-letter word can be rearranged to get the first five letters of the six-letter word. The six-letter word ends in a Y. What's the subject?

Answer: "Green energy"

Winner: Lillian Moodey from Phoenix, Ariz.

Next Week's Challenge:Name some things seen at a baseball game. This is a two-word phrase, four letters in each word. Change one letter in each word to a new letter to get a new two-word phrase that names a popular music group of the past. Name the group.

Submit Your Answer

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).