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Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge: Every answer is a three-syllable word or name in which the middle syllable is accented and pronounced "sigh."

Ex. Sharp and clear-thinking --> INCISIVE

1. Matthew, John or Judas Iscariot

2. God of the sea, in Greek myth

3. Figure out, as a secret message

4. Music or dance performance that a parent might sit through

5. Making up one's mind

6. Not just throw trash away

7. Kind of trading that's illegal

8. Painful inflammation around joints

9. Front tooth

10. Place of safety

11. Clear and compelling, as a victory

12. Very enthusiastic

13. Religious savior

14. Egyptian god associated with the afterlife

Last week's challenge:This challenge comes from listener Stuart Portnoy of Arlington, Va. Name a famous actor — first and last names. The last name is a well-known brand. Drop the last letter of the first name and you'll get the kind of product it's a brand of. Who is it?

Answer: Alec Guinness (Guinness, ale)

Winner: William Zweck of Gilbert, Ariz.

Next week's challenge:In English, a short "u" sound is usually spelled with a "u," as in "fun" and "luck." Occasionally it's spelled with an "o," as in "come" and "love." Can you name two everyday one-syllable words in which a short "u" sound is spelled with an "a"?

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, Feb. 8at 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).