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Sunday Puzzle: Solving This Puzzle Might Mean A Few Outfit Changes

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you a word plus a category. Change one letter in the word to name something in the category. Then change a different letter in the first word to name something else in the category.

Ex. PALE — University --> YALE (changing the P) and PACE (changing the L)

  • HOUSE — Animal
  • BULK — Male animal
  • IMAN — Country
  • CRAM — Seafood
  • LURE — Musical instrument
  • HEARD — Part of a human body
  • GRAIN — Another part of the body
  • RAIL — Precipitation
  • GRANT — Word meaning "big"
  • SPOOL — Something seen in a kitchen
  • LACERS — NBA team
  • Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Michael Shteyman of Odenton, Md. Name some things commonly seen on a kitchen table. Switch the positions of the fifth and sixth letters of the word, and read the result backward. You'll name two things commonly seen in a kitchen. What are they?

    Puzzle answer: Napkins --> sink, pan

    Puzzle winner: Heidi Deethardt of Mishawaka, Ind.

    Next week's challenge: This is a spin-off of my on-air puzzle. Think of an article of apparel in five letters. Change one letter in it to name another article of apparel. Change one letter in that to name a third article of apparel. Then change one letter in that to name a fourth article of apparel. The position of the letters you change are different each time. What articles are these?

    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, Feb. 23, 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).