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Sunday Puzzle: Put These Stars On The Map

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge:

Every answer today is a famous person whose first name is also the name of a well-known U.S. city.

Ex. Co-anchor of The Today Show [Ga.] — Savannah Guthrie

  • Author of Jane Eyre [N.C.]
  • Academy Award-winning actress for Moonstruck [Wash.]
  • Abstract expressionist famous for drip painting [Miss.]
  • Fictional spy played by Mike Myers [Texas]
  • Playwright who wrote The Hairy Ape and Desire Under the Elms [Ore.]
  • 2016 Libertarian candidate for president [Ind.]
  • Villain in The Silence of the Lambs [Mo.]
  • Senior senator from Massachusetts [N.J.]
  • Cartoonist who created Bloom County [Calif.]
  • English actor in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy [Fla.]
  • Classic artist for The Saturday Evening Post [Okla.]
  • Actress who played Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech [Mont.]
  • Liberal pundit who hosts The Last Word on MSNBC [Kan.]
  • Author who created Rip Van Winkle [D.C.]
  • Answers: 1. Charlotte Brontë 2. Olympia Dukakis 3. Jackson Pollock 4. Austin Powers 5. Eugene O'Neill 6. Gary Johnson 7. Hannibal Lecter 8. Elizabeth Warren 9. Berkeley Breathed 10. Orlando Bloom 11. Norman Rockwell 12. Helena Bonham Carter 13. Lawrence O'Donnell 14. Washington Irving

    Last 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?

    Answer:Austin, Dustin, Justin

    Winner:Laurel Chessin of Mountain View, Calif.

    Next week's challenge:

    This challenge comes from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass. Think of a 4-letter food. Move each letter one space later in the alphabet — so A would become B, B would become C, etc. Insert a U somewhere inside the result. You'll name a 5-letter food. What foods 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. The deadline is Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. ET.

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    Corrected: September 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM MDT
    Previous on-air and online versions of this quiz incorrectly said Savannah is in South Carolina. It's in Georgia
    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).