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Sunday Puzzle: Spanish Anagrams


On-air challenge: Rearrange the letters in common five-letter verbs in Spanish to spell a common uncapitalized word in English. No plurals or verbs formed by adding "s" or "ed."

Example: ROBAR (to steal) --> ARBOR

1. ECHAR (to throw)
2. TOCAR (to touch)
3. TOSER (to cough)
4. TENER (to have)
5. LAVAR (to wash)
6. ABRIR (to open)
7. SOLER (to usually do)
8. HABER (to have)
9. PONER (to put)
10. DECIR (to say or tell)
11. ODIAR (to hate)

Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Rachel Cole of Oakland, Calif. Name something grown in a garden. Change the second letter, and double the third letter, to get an adjective that describes this thing. What is it?

Challenge answer: radish, reddish

Winner: Karen Sandman from Acton, Massachusetts

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif. Take the common abbreviation for a major American city. Insert it inside an airport code for that city. And you'll name a flower. What flower is it?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you.

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Corrected: September 27, 2021 at 10:00 PM MDT
An earlier version of the Sunday Puzzle mistakenly provided the same instructions for the "on-air challenge" and "this week's challenge." The instructions for the on-air challenge have been corrected.
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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