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Sunday Puzzle: Once Upon A Time These Names Would Have Been Easy To Recall

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge:Every answer today is a word containing the letters of SUPER + one or two other letters.

For Example: + C = A tree with cones --> SPRUCE

  • + U = Follow
  • + H = A drug dealer
  • + T = Explodes
  • + E = Read
  • + I = Revolt
  • + B = Excellent
  • + O = Person who pretends to be someone he or she is not
  • + T = Get some sleep before a big event (2 wds.)
  • + B & M = Parts of pinball machines
  • + A & T = Field for grazing
  • + O & P = Reason for doing something
  • + G & L = Spend extravagantly
  • + E & L = Drive back by force
  • + P & W = Big mistake
  • + N & T = Person making plays on words
  • + M & T = Really hard puzzle
  • Last week's challenge:Take six different letters. Repeat them in the same order. Then repeat them again — making 18 letters altogether. Finally add "tebasket" at the end. If you have the right letters and you space them appropriately, you'll complete a sensible sentence. What is it?

    Puzzle answer: The correct answer was "Her washer was her wastebasket," from the letters H-E-R-W-A-S.

    Puzzle winner: Steve Marks of Princeton, N.J.

    Next week's challenge:

    This week's challenge comes from listener Peter Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich. Name a prominent figure in a fairy tale. Write this in all capital letters. Add a stroke to one letter and rearrange the result. You'll name another prominent figure in a fairy tale. What two fairy tale figures 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. 9, 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).
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