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This Puzzle Is A Blast!

On-air challenge:This week we're playing a game of based on the word "blast," as in "Let's have a blast!" Given a category, name something in the category starting with each letter: B-L-A-S-T. For example, if the category were "Two-Syllable Girl's Names," you might say Betty, Louise, Alice, Sarah and Tammy.

Last week's challenge:The letters in the name of a major American city can be rearranged to spell a traveling cultural museum. What is it? Each name is a single word, and the city's population is more than a half-million.

Answer:Baltimore, artmobile

Winner:Jay Paulukonis of North Abington Township, Penn.

Next week's challenge: Bertrand Tavernier is a French director of such movies as Life and Nothing But and It All Starts Today. What amazing wordplay property does the name Bertrand Tavernier have? This sounds like an open-ended question, but when you have the right answer, you'll have no doubt about it.

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 Wednesday 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).