NPR Series: Sunday Puzzle Podcast
Summary: NPR's weekly word game: match wits with "Weekend Edition" puzzle master Will Shortz.
This week we're playing a game based on the word "blast." Given a category, name something in the category starting with each letter: B-L-A-S-T.
Every answer today is a rhyming two-word phrase in which each word has two syllables and the first word ends with a doubled consonant plus the letter Y.
Given a category, name something whose first two letters are the first and last letters of the category. For example, given "Animal," you would say "Alligator" or "Alpaca."
For each famous name given, change either the first or last letter of the last name to a new letter, and rearrange the result to name a country.
Every answer is the name of a popular prime-time TV series from this century, on either broadcast or cable. Identify the shows from their anagrams.
The word cho means "beautiful" in Korean and "butterfly" in Japanese. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name based around "cho."
This week, we've got clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to phonetically get the second one.
Given a five-letter word, insert two new letters between the second and third letters of the given word to complete a common seven-letter word.
Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable "pee" — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end.
Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the two words start with the same consonant or pair of consonants. Given rhymes for the words, you name the words.
Every answer this week is a made-up two-word phrase, in which both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.
Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase, in which the first word has 5 letters. Drop its last letter and read the remaining 4 letters backward, and you'll get the second word of the phrase.
Every answer is made up of a two-word phrase, in which the second word has three syllables, and the first word sounds like the last two of these syllables.
For each four-letter word given, insert two letters exactly in the middle to complete a common, uncaplitalized six-letter word.
This puzzle is called "Middle C." For each prompt or clue, think of a common three-syllable word or name in which the middle syllable is pronounced "cee."