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Sunday Puzzle: Orange You Glad You Played the Puzzle?

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences. Each sentence contains the name of a fruit hidden in consecutive letters.

Ex. Wash with soap, please. --> APPLE
1. I hope a check arrives tomorrow.

2. Get it on sale Monday.

3. Mars is a Roman god.

4. Haloes are headwear for angels

5. The producer is making rap easy.

6. If it's organic, her rye bread is fine.

7. With helpers I'm monitoring the situation.

8. You can heap ricotta in lasagna.

9. That was so dumb an analogy.

10. A Nicaragua vacation would be nice now.

11. I went to Liverpool to see the Beatles.

12. The scribe saw a term elongated.

13. Despite the havoc, a document was signed

14. The writer put anger in every line.

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Elaine Elinson, of San Francisco. Name a tree. In the very middle of the word insert a homophone of another tree. The result will be a new word describing what everyone wants to be. What is it?

Challenge answer: Poplar + yew = popular

Winner: Kris Garcia of Springfield, MO.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Jim Francis, of Kirkland, Wash. Take this equation: 14 + 116 + 68 = 47. Clearly this doesn't work mathematically. But it does work in a nonmathematical way. Please explain.

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to this week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, March 2nd at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners whose answers are selected win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you.

Produced by Lennon Sherburne contributed to this story

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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).