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Prepare For Double Trouble In This Week's Puzzle — And A Swarm Of B's


On-air challenge: Every answer this week is a word with a double-B, like RABBIT. Rearrange the letters in the word provided to get the answer.

For example: Peel + BB --> Pebble.

Last week's challenge: Take the word FALSE. Divide it between the L and the S. The start of the word is the start of FALL, and the end of the word is the end of RISE. And, of course, "fall" and "rise" are opposites. Do the same thing for the word SHALL. Divide it into two parts, so that the start of it starts one word and the end of it ends another word — and those two words are opposites. The dividing point is for you to discover. There are three different solutions. I want you to find all three.

Answer: Short and tall; sharp and dull; shan't and will. We also accepted shaky and still.

Winner: Frank Camorani of Edina, Minn.

Next week's challenge, from listener Martin Eiger: Think of a phrase that denotes a particular major-league sports team in 12 letters. The first 6 letters are the same as the second 6 letters rearranged. What team 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 Thursday, July 14, at 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).