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Sunday Puzzle: New Names In The News

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge:This is my annual "New Names in the News Quiz." I'll name some people and things you had probably never heard of until 2017 but that sprang to prominence during the past 12 months. You tell me who or what they are.

1. Doug Jones
2. Gal Gadot
3. Anthony Scaramucci
4. Jack Phillips
5. Emmerson Mnangagwa
6. Tom Steyer
7. Salvator Mundi

On-air answers:

1. Democratic upset winner in Alabama who ran against Roy Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions' seat in the Senate
2. Israeli actress who starred as Wonder Woman
3. President Trump's communications director for just 10 days
4. Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple; his case is now before the Supreme Court
5. New president of Zimbabwe, successor to Robert Mugabe
6. Billionaire activist who has spent millions of dollars in a campaign to impeach President Trump
7. Painting by Leonardo da Vinci that sold at Christie's for a record $450.3 million

Last week's challenge:The name of what well-known U.S. city, in 10 letters, contains only three different letters of the alphabet?

Answer: Walla Walla, Washington.

Winner: Nick England of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Next week's challenge:This challenge comes from listener Patrick Berry of Jasper, Ala. Name a famous singer — 3 letters in the first name, 5 letters in the last. Drop the middle letter of the last name and rearrange the result to name a variety of singing group. What 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, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Corrected: January 1, 2018 at 10:00 PM MST
On an earlier Web page, puzzle winner Nick England was mistakenly referred to as Nick English.
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).