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Sunday Puzzle: What's In A Name?

Sunday Puzzle
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Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge:For each word, change one letter in it to get a common boy's name.

Ex. VECTOR --> Victor or Hector

1. CHARGES

2. TENNIS

3. CARGOS

4. SPENDER

5. EVEREST

6. WAVIER

7. MARGIN

8. COWARD

9. SEVILLE

10. NORMAL

11. WAITER

12. SLIVER

13. CORDON

Last week's challenge:This puzzle was 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?

Answer:History Teacher

Winner: : Gordon Brown of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Next week's challenge:Think of a familiar 6-letter boy's name starting with a vowel. Change the first letter to a consonant to get another familiar boy's name. Then change the first letter to another consonant to get another familiar boy's name. What names are these?

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. 28, 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).