Will Shortz http://wvasfm.org en A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters http://wvasfm.org/post/flowery-puzzle-budding-quizmasters <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is a game of categories based on the word peony. For each category, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters P-E-O-N-Y.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Will Shortz 52095 at http://wvasfm.org A Flowery Puzzle For Budding Quizmasters Take A Ride On The Plural Side http://wvasfm.org/post/take-ride-plural-side <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be provided. The first is for a brand name that ends in the letter S and sounds like it's plural. Change the first letter to spell a new word that is plural and answers the second clue. Example: tennis shoes, places to sleep; the answer would be Keds and beds.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This challenge came from listener Ben Kaufman of Portland, Ore. Think of a popular TV show about cooking — a show everyone has heard of. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 51719 at http://wvasfm.org Take A Ride On The Plural Side A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes http://wvasfm.org/post/puzzle-ch-ch-changes <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes." Every answer is a word starting with the letters "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has five letters. Move the middle letter to the end to name another famous actress of the past. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 51334 at http://wvasfm.org A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line http://wvasfm.org/post/if-you-cut-middle-go-end-line <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324333349/oh-you-know-the-answer">created a previous challenge</a>. Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Will Shortz 50935 at http://wvasfm.org If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line The Missing Link http://wvasfm.org/post/missing-link <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each set of three words, find a word that can precede each one to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word in each set will name an animal. Example: turtle, spring, office. The answer would be box — box turtle, box spring, box office.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Think of a 10-letter adjective describing certain institutions. Drop three letters from this word, and the remaining seven letters, reading left to right, will name an institution described by this adjective. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Will Shortz 50573 at http://wvasfm.org The Missing Link Read Between The Letters http://wvasfm.org/post/read-between-letters <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a five-letter word. You will be given a clue for the word. Besides describing the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "It's n<strong>ear th</strong>e planet Mars," you would say, "Earth."<p><strong>Last week's challenge Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons: </strong>Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Will Shortz 47451 at http://wvasfm.org Read Between The Letters First In, Last Out http://wvasfm.org/post/first-last-out <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each word provided, give a word that can follow it to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The first two letters of the provided word should be the last two letters of the answer. Example: Red Square<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name certain trees. Also name something that trees have. Rearrange all the letters to get the brand name of a product you might buy at a grocery or drug store. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 47059 at http://wvasfm.org First In, Last Out Changing The World One Letter At A Time http://wvasfm.org/post/changing-world-one-letter-time <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each geographical place provided, change one letter to make a new, common word that has a different number of syllables than the geographical name. Note: The answer word can have either fewer or more syllables than the geographical name.<p>Example: Lima = limp, limb, lime (for some of the names, multiple answers are possible)<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Take the brand name of a popular grocery item, written normally in upper- and lowercase letters. Push two consecutive letters together, without otherwise changing the name in any way. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Will Shortz 45116 at http://wvasfm.org Changing The World One Letter At A Time Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd http://wvasfm.org/post/two-company-three-crowd-0 <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> A series of paired words will be provided. For each pair, think of a third word that can follow the first one and precede the second to complete a familiar two-word phrase. Every answer starts with "W." Example: Open and Awake; Answer: Wide.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This puzzle was created by Will Shortz for an event held recently at the Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Take the name of a classical Greek mathematician. The letters in his name can be rearranged to spell two numbers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Will Shortz 44726 at http://wvasfm.org Two Is Company, But Three Is A Crowd A High Five On The Seven Seas http://wvasfm.org/post/high-five-seven-seas <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter word.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from listener Harry Hillson of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. Take the first name of a nominee for Best Actor or Best Actress at last Sunday's Oscars. You can rearrange these letters into a two-word phrase that describes his or her character in the film for which he or she is nominated. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Will Shortz 44325 at http://wvasfm.org A High Five On The Seven Seas