Will Shortz

Sunday Puzzle: Just So

4 hours ago

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is called "Just So." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials S-O.

Ex. Eye, ear, or nose --> SENSORY ORGAN

1. Breakfast dish made with eggs and potatoes, often with some onions and peppers

2. Midway between noon and midnight

3. Person regarded only in terms of their attractiveness, not as a person

4. "The Young and the Restless" or "The Bold and the Beautiful"

5. Chemical compound with the symbol Na2O

On-air challenge: I've brought a game of Categories based on the word BEACH. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters B-E-A-C-H. For example, if the category were "Girls' Names," you might say Betty, Emma, Abigail, Chloe, and Hannah. Any answer that works is OK, and you can give the answers in any order.

1. Parts of the Human Body

2. Things Commonly Consumed at Breakfast

3. Varieties of Cheese

4. Countries in Central and South America

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.

Sunday Puzzle: Yo!

May 27, 2018

On-air challenge: This week's puzzle is titled "Yo!" Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in Y and the second word starts with O.

Ex. Colonel or major general ---> ARMY OFFICER
1. What antiperspirant helps prevent
2. In basketball, a high pass caught by a leaping teammate who dunks the ball before landing
3. Group conducted by a conductor
4. The nose, as a senser of smell
5. Johnson & Johnson product rubbed on the skin to keep it smooth
6. Nine squared

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a popular advertising slogan, past or present. I'm going to give you two words. The first is an anagram of one of the words in the slogan. The second is one of the other words in the slogan. You tell me the slogan.

Example: PEEKS GOING --> It keeps going ... and going ... and going [Energizer]
1. PANS CRACKLE
2. SALT DROP
3. T-SHIRT OBEY
4. NIGHTS BETTER
5. STONED NOBODY
6. THAWS WALLET
7. MINUETS FIFTEEN
8. FRINGE GOOD
9. SKIS BEGINS

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a major-league baseball team. You tell me what they are from their anagrams.

Example: SCARY – C --> (Tampa Bay) Rays

1. SCUBA – A

2. STEAM – A

3. DRESS – S

4. DESPAIR – I

5. AGAINST – A

6. ADVERBS – D

7. COSTARS – C

8. RESTING – N

9. SEALING – I

10. STOCKIER – T

11. MINERALS – E

12. WIRETAPS – W

13. EARRINGS – I

14. THEISTICAL – I

15. NONSPATIAL – P

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Drop a letter from the first word to name a category of things. And drop a letter from the second word to name something in that category.

Example: FURY STABLE --> FUR & SABLE

1. THREE POPULAR

2. MENTAL CROPPER

3. INSPECT MOUTH

4. STATUE MARINE

5. STOOL LOATHE

6. SPLICE STAGE

7. SHOVE PLUMP

8. DONG COLLIDE

9. BOAST CLUTTER

10. METAL LAUNCH

11. DRIVER TIMBER

12. GERM RUGBY

On-air challenge: Today I've brought a game of categories based on the word OSCAR. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters O-S-C-A-R. For example, if the category were "U.S. States," you might say Ohio, South Dakota, Colorado, Alabama, and Rhode Island. Any answer that works is OK, and you can give the answers in any order.

1. Things Seen in a Kitchen (other than food)

2. Ways to Say "Yes"

3. Islands

4. Parts of a Newspaper

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

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some four-letter words. For each one, add one letter in front and one letter in back to complete a familiar six-letter word. No proper names are allowed, and you can't add an "s" or "d" at the end of a five-letter word to get the six-letter one.

Example: LANE --> PLANET

1. MOOT
2. HANG
3. WENT
4. NIGH
5. TREE
6. REFI
7. BRAD
8. AWES
9. ONTO
10. CRAW
11. ISLE
12. REST
13. PLAN
14. PONY
15. AFAR

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