Will Shortz http://wvxu.org en Drawing A Blank (Or Two) http://wvxu.org/post/drawing-blank-or-two <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> You are given sentences with two blanks. Put a word starting with R in the first blank. Then move that R to the end to make a new word that goes in the second blank to complete the sentence. For example, given the sentence, "The door of the Indian ___ was left slightly ___," the answers would be "raja" and "ajar."<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> It's an anagram word ladder. Sun, 09 Sep 2012 04:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 3757 at http://wvxu.org Drawing A Blank (Or Two) An 'Amusing' Set Of 19th Century Riddles http://wvxu.org/post/amusing-set-19th-century-riddles <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Answer riddles from <em>The Amusing Puzzle Book</em>, published circa the 1840s:<p><ul><p><li>I know a word of letters three, add two, and fewer there will be.</li><p><li>Without a bridle or a saddle, across a thing I ride astraddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see.</li><p><li>What is that which has been tomorrow and will be yesterday?</li><p><li>Clothed in yellow, red and green, I prate before the king and queen. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 10:24:00 +0000 Will Shortz 3423 at http://wvxu.org An 'Amusing' Set Of 19th Century Riddles What Hat Holds The Answer? http://wvxu.org/post/what-hat-holds-answer <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Every answer is a two-word phrase in which one of the words starts with W and the other word is the same with the W removed. For example, if you were given the clue "desires scurrying insects," the answer would be "wants ants."<p><strong>Last week's challenge, <strong>from listener Ken Rudy of Millwood, Wash.</strong><strong>:</strong> </strong>Name the winning play in a certain sport: two words, five letters in each word. These two words share exactly one letter. Drop this letter from both words. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 04:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 3066 at http://wvxu.org What Hat Holds The Answer? Shuffle The Anagram, K? http://wvxu.org/post/shuffle-anagram-k <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> This week's puzzle is called "Anagram K-pers." Every answer is a familiar word starting with the letter "K." You identify the words from their anagrams. For example, K + vane will make "knave."<p><strong>Last week's challenge</strong><strong>:</strong> Name two insects. Read the names one after the other. Insert an "H" somewhere in this string of letters, and you'll complete a familiar word that is the opposite of what either of these insects is. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:15:00 +0000 Will Shortz 2726 at http://wvxu.org Shuffle The Anagram, K? In The End, There Will Be Chemistry http://wvxu.org/post/end-there-will-be-chemistry <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> You are given the ends of the names of three things that are all in the same category. You name the category. For example, "fur," "dine" and "sten" are all ends of chemical elements (sulfur, iodine, tungsten).<p><strong>Last week's challenge,</strong> <strong>from listener Annie Haggenmiller of Chimacum, Wash.:</strong> Take the name of a well-known U.S. city in four syllables. The first and last syllables together name a musical instrument, and the two interior syllables name a religious official. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 04:54:00 +0000 Will Shortz 2362 at http://wvxu.org In The End, There Will Be Chemistry