Will Shortz

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

On-air challenge: Today's theme is HMO's. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with H- and the second word starts MO-.

Ex. "Wow!" or "Gadzooks!" --> HOLY MOLY or HOLY MOSES

1. Payment to keep someone from talking

2. "Friday the 13th" or "Nightmare on Elm Street"

3. Lunar phase midway between the first and last quarter

4. Device prescribed by a cardiologist

5. Everest is part of this range

6. State capital northeast of Boise, Idaho

7. Nisan, Shevat, or Adar

On-air challenge: Each clue is a thing that belongs to two categories. Name something that's in both categories.

For example: U.S. city + Large mammal --> BUFFALO

1. Country + Large bird

2. Country + Popular wedding gift

3. University + Color

4. Insect + Sport

5. Card game + Construction project

6. Vice president + Foreign money

7. Fruit + Company on the Dow Index

8. Comic strip + Snack food

9. Breed of dog + Athlete in a particular sport

10. Alcoholic drink + Tool

On-air challenge: The answer to each clue is a 6-letter word that rhymes with the last word:

Ex. Cause of muscle pain ---> STRAIN

  1. Time of year when birds start to sing
  2. Having glaring light
  3. What follows Sunday
  4. What's raised in a mound
  5. More than twice
  6. Place where you might find a vassal
  7. Tool on a mechanic's bench
  8. What you can use to fill in a stencil
  9. Bank feller
  10. Traveling theater group

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a familiar three-word phrase in the form "___ of ___." I'll give you anagrams of the words in the blanks You identify the phrases.

Ex. PLUM of ARGUS --> LUMP OF SUGAR

1. CAT of DOG

2. TACO of MARS

3. STREAM of RATS

4. STAPLER of PAIRS

5. SIDE of CHARM

6. MAGE of HORNETS

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the stress pattern da-DAH-da da-DAH-da.

Ex. Appearing naked in a public setting --> INDECENT EXPOSURE

  1. State capital east of Indianapolis, Ind.
  2. Mountain range in the Far West
  3. Song in The Lion King with a Swahili title
  4. Treaty respecting the humane treatment of P.O.W.'s
  5. Material for a pharaoh's scroll
  6. Longtime popular car from Japan

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you a 4-letter word and a 5-letter word. Rearrange the letters in each one to make two opposites.

For example: POST TARTS --> STOP & START
1. SLOT FONDU
2. LUDO QUITE
3. ROVE NUDER
4. DINK LUCRE
5. TALE RELAY
6. VASE PENDS
7. SKIN ALOFT
8. FILE HATED

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you three 5-letter words. You tell me a 5-letter word that can precede each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Ex. DRAFT HOUSE RIDER --> Rough (rough draft, rough-house, Rough Rider)

1. GLASS SLIDE MELON
2. TIGER TRAIL TOWEL
3. COUNT DONOR SPORT
4. SENSE POWER LAUGH
5. GIANT PEACE THUMB
6. SHIFT SHIRT STAND
7. SALAD PUNCH FLIES
8. TEASE POKER STEAK
9. STORY ORDER RANGE
10. SAUCE CIDER STORE
11. BLANK GUARD TAKEN

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word that starts with Para-. First, I'll define it in a regular way and then in a punny way. You tell me the words.

For example: Typical examples / 20 cents --> PARADIGMS ("pair o' dimes").

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