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Sunday Puzzle: It's Up To You


On-air challenge:Every answer today involves a familiar three-word phrase in which the middle word is "to." I'll give you the end of the phrase. You tell me the start. Your answer will always have exactly four letters.

Ex. Basics --> BACK (as in "back to basics")
1. Order
2. Please
3. Five
4. Riches
5. Nuts
6. That
7. Papa
8. Dawn
9. Table
10. Earth
11. Mouth
12. Sixty
13. Nothing
14. Judgment
15. Pay

Last week's challenge:Name part of the human body. Switch the first two letters to get a two-word phrase for something that is worrisome. What is it?

Answer:Abdomen --> bad omen

Winner:Steven Tivol of Berkeley, Calif.

Next week's (two-week) challenge:Television today can be so derivative — and so is this two-week creative challenge. The object is to pitch an idea to one of the networks, either broadcast or cable, in which your show's title is just one letter different from an existing show's title, past or present. Name your TV show and summarize it in 15 words or less.

N.Y.P.D. ClueManhattan crime investigation in which each case hinges on a single, unexpected piece of evidence
Have Gut, Will TravelPortly host tours the best all-you-can-eat restaurants in America

Entries will be judged on their sense, naturalness of wording, humor and overall effect. No more than three entries per person, please. The person who sends the best TV pitch, in my opinion, will play the on-air puzzle in two weeks.

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, June 14at 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).