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Sunday Puzzle: Double or Nothing!

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On air challenge: I'm going to give you some five-letter words. For each one, add a certain letter of the alphabet twice — without rearranging the other letters — to make a common seven-letter word.

1. VERGE — A

2. ALLOY — B

3. RAKED — C

4. IVIES — D

5. GLAND — E

6. STAIN — G

7. UNFED — I

8. ICING — K

9. WORDY — L

10. LATER — N

11. MINUS — O

12. FOGEY — R

13. EXILE — T

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from listener (and New York Times crossword contributor) Peter Collins, of Ann Arbor, Mich. Take a word that's in the name of several tourist attractions in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Rearrange the letters in that word to spell the names of two other nations' capitals. What are they?

Challenge answer: Memorial --> Rome, Lima

Winner: Bern Krafsig of Northborough, Mass.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from Peter Collins, of Ann Arbor, Mich. You'll remember he had the challenge two weeks ago in which MEMORIAL could be rearranged to spell LIMA and ROME. This time name a food item you might order at a fast-food restaurant. The first, second, and last letters together name another food item. Remove those. The remaining letters spelled backward name yet another food item. What foods are these?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to this week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, Feb. 9th 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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Will Shortz
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).