Will Shortz http://wwno.org en Read Between The Letters http://wwno.org/post/read-between-letters <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a five-letter word. You will be given a clue for the word. Besides describing the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "It's n<strong>ear th</strong>e planet Mars," you would say, "Earth."<p><strong>Last week's challenge Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons: </strong>Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. Mon, 05 May 2014 03:04:56 +0000 Will Shortz 60033 at http://wwno.org First In, Last Out http://wwno.org/post/first-last-out <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each word provided, give a word that can follow it to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first two letters of the provided word should be the last two letters of the answer. Example: Red Square<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name certain trees. Also name something that trees have. Rearrange all the letters to get the brand name of a product you might buy at a grocery or drug store. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:48:42 +0000 Will Shortz 59642 at http://wwno.org April Showers Bring Puzzle Flowers http://wwno.org/post/april-showers-bring-puzzle-flowers <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> With spring in the air, it's a fitting time for a flower puzzle. Find the flower answer using its anagram, minus one letter. Example: R-I-S-H-I, minus H, is "iris."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Louis Sargent of Portland, Ore:</strong> Name a well-known American company. Insert a W somewhere inside the name, and you'll get two consecutive titles of popular TV shows of the past. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:27:56 +0000 Will Shortz 59018 at http://wwno.org One Word To Rule Them All, And In The Puzzle Bind Them http://wwno.org/post/one-word-rule-them-all-and-puzzle-bind-them <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Three words that start with the same letter will be presented in a group. Find a word that shares the same first letter as the three, and that can follow each word within the group to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. Example: "big," "broad," "boy"; the answer would be "band" to get "big band," "broadband" and "boy band."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge comes from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif. Split pea soup is something that might be found on a menu at a diner. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:57:26 +0000 Will Shortz 58467 at http://wwno.org Looking High And Low For Middle C http://wwno.org/post/looking-high-and-low-middle-c <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> This puzzle is called "Middle C." For each prompt or clue, think of a common three-syllable word or name in which the middle syllable is pronounced "cee." Example: Coming immediately before = preceding.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Last week's challenge came from listener Mike Reiss, a former writer and producer for <em>The Simpsons</em>. The film <em>Wild Wild West</em> had three W's as its initials. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:39:30 +0000 Will Shortz 57885 at http://wwno.org Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me http://wwno.org/post/fool-me-once-shame-you-fool-me-twice-shame-me <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> This week's challenge comes from a book called <em>Puzzles & Pleasantries</em>, published by the <em>Old Farmer's Almanac</em>. Since April Fool's Day is coming up on Tuesday, the challenge questions are all April Fool-ish. Each one has appeared in a past year of the <em>Old Farmer's Almanac</em>, and each has a legitimate answer.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a capital of a country. Change the first letter to name a familiar musical instrument. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:33:55 +0000 Will Shortz 57353 at http://wwno.org Changing The World One Letter At A Time http://wwno.org/post/changing-world-one-letter-time <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name. Note: The answer word can have either fewer or more syllables than the geographical name.<p>Example: Lima = limp, limb, lime (for some of the names, multiple answers are possible)<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Take the brand name of a popular grocery item, written normally in upper- and lowercase letters. Push two consecutive letters together, without otherwise changing the name in any way. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:37:47 +0000 Will Shortz 56835 at http://wwno.org Now You Know Them http://wwno.org/post/now-you-know-them <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>You will be given some names that you probably never heard of before 2013, but that were in the news during the past 12 months. You name who the people are. These names were compiled with the help of Kathie Baker, Tim Goodman and Sandy Weisz.<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco: </strong>Think of a well-known filmmaker, first and last names. Add "S-U-N" before this person's first name and last name. In each case, you'll form a common English word. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:41:49 +0000 Will Shortz 51147 at http://wwno.org When Push Comes To Shove http://wwno.org/post/when-push-comes-shove <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a five-letter word. You'll be given a clue for the word. Besides giving you a direct hint to the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "push over hard," you would say "shove."<p><strong>Last week's challenge from listener Pete Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich.: </strong>Name a U.S. city in nine letters. Shift the third letter six places later in the alphabet. Then shift the last letter seven places later in the alphabet. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:59:37 +0000 Will Shortz 50291 at http://wwno.org Noteworthy Names, In Rhyme http://wwno.org/post/noteworthy-names-rhyme <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is the name of a famous person whose first and last names start with the same consonant or group of consonants. You're given rhymes for the two names. You name the people. For example, if given "cycle four," the answer would be "Michael Moore."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a dance. Change one of the letters to a U. The resulting letters can be rearranged to name an event at which this dance is done. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Will Shortz 49754 at http://wwno.org