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Sunday Puzzle: Same Sound, Different Meaning

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a two-word phrase like READY RED, in which the first word is an adjective ending in -y, and the second word sounds like the first one without that -y.

Ex. Mideast ruler who trembles --> SHAKY SHEIK
1. Hirsute animal that hops
2. Flying mammal that's nuts
3. Male offspring who has an optimistic outlook
4. Numerous fellows
5. Nobleman who arrives prematurely
6. Wacky singer Malik formerly of One Direction
7. Vowels that are simple to draw
8. Powerful little arachnid
9. Very small prong on a fork

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from a listener named Dave, who's from the city and state that's the answer to this puzzle. Name a U.S. city and its state — 12 letters altogether. Change two letters in the state's name. The result will be the two-word title of a classic novel. What is it?

Answer: Eugene, Oregon --> Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

Winner: Rob Hardy of Dayton, Ohio

Next week's challenge: What common three-word expression — 14 letters in all — has only N and G as consonants, and otherwise is all vowels?

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 at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 27.

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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).