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Keep The Consonants This Week? Why, That's A Capital Idea!


On-air challenge: For each of the following words and phrases, the consonants in it are the same consonants, in the same order, as those of a world capital. You name the capital.

For example: AI MI NG --> MA NA GUA.

Next week's challenge is the same as it was last week . Since we're in the middle of a two-week challenge — with a winner picked next week — celebrity guest Ari Shapiro, co-host ofAll Things Considered , joins the puzzle this time around.

In case you need a refresher ...

Next week's challenge: This is a creative challenge, so you get some extra time. The object is to write a 10-word sentence in which each word ends with the same letter of the alphabet.

For example: Dartmouth frosh clash with Pittsburgh church parish, clinch fifth triumph.

Every word in my sentence ends with H. You can choose any letter you like. Entries will be judged on sensibility, naturalness of syntax and overall elegance. The person who submits the best sentence in my opinion will play the puzzle on the air in two weeks.

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to this two-week 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, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. ET.

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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).