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Sunday Puzzle: Get Short-I


On-air challenge:Every answer is a two-syllable compound word, in which the vowel in each half is a short "I."

Example: Person who spends as little money as possible --> SKINFLINT
1. Slang for a football
2. What Don Quixote tilted against
3. Make tiny criticisms
4. Bit of makeup in a tube
5. Article for measuring the amount of oil in an engine
6. Tiny, tiny hole
7. Important person, informally
8. Stupid person, informally
9. Person or thing holding everything together
10. Person who crafts items out of a very soft metal
11. Exercise device worn around the wrist
12. Series of transparencies for projecting images onto a screen
13. Fancy kind of men's shoe

Last week's challenge:This challenge came from listener Henrik Strandskov of Luck, Wis. Name a major professional sports team. The first and last letters of the team's name specify something that is an anagram of its interior letters. What team is it?

Challenge answer:Red Sox --> Rx, dose

Winner: Mary Tod of Baltimore

Next week's challenge:Think of a title for a particular person — two words, 15 letters in total — in which the only vowel is "I." 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 by Thursday, Oct. 11at 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).