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Sunday Puzzle: A Twisted Ending

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you clues for two words. Reverse the last two letters of the first word to get the second word.

Example: Aristocratic / Prestigious annual prize --> NOBLE, NOBEL

1. Squiggle over a Spanish "n" / Like a bathroom floor

2. Move along slowly / Thin pancake

3. Variety of grape for wine-making / Spotted horse

4. Something that's 90 degrees on a square / Heavenly figure

5. Bread-making need / Irish poet who wrote "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

6. English county / More timid

7. Feature on a necklace / Applauds

8. First sign of the zodiac / Get out of bed

Last week's challenge:This challenge came from listener Neville Fogarty of Newport News, Va. Take the first and last names of a journalist well-known to NPR listeners. Remove the first letter of the last name. The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell two modes of transport. And here's a hint: The modes of transport have the same number of wheels. Who is the journalist, and what are the modes of transport?

Answer:Cokie Roberts --> scooter + bike

Winner:Robert Switzer of West Hollywood, Calif.

Next week's challenge:Name a world capital. It's an older way of spelling the name. Drop three letters, and the remaining letters, in order, will name another world capital. Both cities have more than a million residents. What cities 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, Jan. 18 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).