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Sunday Puzzle: Three Words. Two Homophones. One Conjunction.

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge:Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase that has "and" in the middle. Each sentence contains two words that have homophones that will complete the phrase.

Ex. A cane makes an infirm person able to walk. CAIN AND ABEL

  • I found a beautiful reed on the river's right bank.
  • Some friends of mine say "hi's" in Lowe's housewares department.
  • The musician composed a new hymn for the "Ben Hur" soundtrack.
  • The woodworker won a chisel and awl in a lottery.
  • A dozen tix to "The Bourne Identity" cost a lot of bread.
  • A vegetable shortage of peas and corn caused long queues at the supermarket.
  • The chef had parsley, sage, and thyme tied up in bundles.
  • The field was mown after the grass had grown too high.
  • Bret Harte was the sole author of "The Luck of Roaring Camp"
  • You can always reach me by cell phone
  • Last week's challenge:This challenge came from listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, N.J. Think of a famous quotation with 8 words. The initial letters of the first 4 words themselves spell a word, and the initial letters of the last 4 words spell another word. Both words rhyme with "jab." What quotation is it?

    Answer:Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee (Muhammad Ali) --> FLAB, SLAB

    Winner:Jonas Singer of Washington, D.C.

    Next week's challenge:This puzzle is for the new school year. Think of two antonyms, each in three letters. Set them side by side. In between them arrange the letters of TRY TO ACE in some order. The result will name someone at school. Who is 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 Thursday, Sept. 21, 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).