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Sunday Puzzle: Put Your Back Into It

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: For each word, drop the first letter and rearrange those that remain to name part of the human body.

Ex. VOTE --> TOE

1. OGLE
2. PINCH
3. BONES
4. DECAF
5. KNISH
6. ITCHES
7. ROTORS
8. GATHER
9. PITSAW
10. EIGHTH
11. SLIPUP
12. DRIVEL
13. OUTGONE
14. EARWORM
15. RELATION
16. HAMBONED

Last week's challenge:In English, a short "u" sound is usually spelled with a "u," as it "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"?

Answer: Was, what

Winner: Michelle Snow of Crown Point, Ind.

Next week's challenge:Name part of the human body in six letters. Add an R and rearrange the result to name a part of the body in seven letters. 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, Feb. 15at 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).