Will Shortz

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words. For each word, move one letter to a different position to spell another word.

Ex. NEVER —> NERVE

1. HURLED

2. GALLERY

3. INFIELD

4. SOOTHER

5. STARTLE

6. AMENDER

7. WITHER

8. SPARED

9. TOPICAL

10. PARLEYS

11. RETAIN

12. NEAREST

13. SIMMERED

The last one is a little different. It has two answers — which go together to make a familiar compound word:

14. SHORE

On-air challenge: I've brought a game of Categories based on the word STYLE. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters S-T-Y-L-E. For example, if the category were "Girls' Names," you might say Sarah, Teresa, Yvette, Lisa, and Elizabeth. Any answer that works is OK, and you can give the answers in any order.

1. Vegetables

2. Animals in a Zoo

3. Foreign Rivers

4. Football Terms

5. Songs by the Beatles

On-air challenge: Every answer is a compound word with two hyphens in which the part in the middle has two letters.

On-air challenge: The word "Senses" starts with the letter S, and there are two senses that happen to start with the letter S — sight and smell. I'm going to name some more categories. For each one, name two things in it that start with the first letter of the category.

  1. Months
  2. Presidents
  3. Signs of the zodiac
  4. Boroughs in New York City
  5. Parts of speech
  6. Snow White's dwarfs
  7. Astronauts on the first moon landing

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you clues to some 8-letter words. Each word contains a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter, and the remaining letters in order will spell a 6-letter word that answers the second clue.

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences. Each sentence contains two words that phonetically sound like a world capital. The words will be in left-to-right order, but not necessarily consecutive.

Ex. The Sigma Chi house can be found on Fraternity Row. --> CAIRO (Chi + Row)

1. The opening bell rang for the grade school.

2. The Chinese kid trying to sell me a Buddha figure was such a pest.

3. Mom got a bag of golf balls for dad on his birthday.

4. The Russians watched a black car whisk past Lenin's Tomb.

On-air challenge:

Every answer today is a famous person whose first name is also the name of a well-known U.S. city.

Ex. Co-anchor of The Today Show [Ga.] — Savannah Guthrie

  1. Author of Jane Eyre [N.C.]
  2. Academy Award-winning actress for Moonstruck [Wash.]
  3. Abstract expressionist famous for drip painting [Miss.]
  4. Fictional spy played by Mike Myers [Texas]

On-air challenge: For each word, change one letter in it to get a common boy's name.

Ex. VECTOR --> Victor or Hector

1. CHARGES

2. TENNIS

3. CARGOS

4. SPENDER

5. EVEREST

6. WAVIER

7. MARGIN

8. COWARD

9. SEVILLE

10. NORMAL

11. WAITER

12. SLIVER

13. CORDON

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase that has "and" in the middle. Each sentence contains two words that have homophones that will complete the phrase.

Ex. A cane makes an infirm person able to walk. CAIN AND ABEL

  1. I found a beautiful reed on the river's right bank.
  2. Some friends of mine say "hi's" in Lowe's housewares department.
  3. The musician composed a new hymn for the "Ben Hur" soundtrack.
  4. The woodworker won a chisel and awl in a lottery.

On-air challenge: For each word, change one letter in it to name a drink.

Ex. LATER --> WATER or LAGER
1. COFFER
2. TOPIC
3. WIDER
4. WHISKER
5. PINCH
6. SCORCH
7. MARTINS
8. POSTER
9. MILD
10. BEAR
11. LEAD
12. WINK
13. COLD
14. LAKE
15. BRANDS
16. SO LONG

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