Will Shortz

Sunday Puzzle: TBA

18 hours ago

On-air challenge: The theme of today's puzzle is "to be announced." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with T — and the second word starts BA — .

Example: Pool of water in front of the Jefferson Memorial --> TIDAL BASIN

1. Container for refuse

2. Home of the Rays in major-league baseball

3. Something Serena or Venus Williams hits

4. Subject of a treaty limiting the development of nuclear weapons

5. Moistening device when cooking Thanksgiving dinner

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words that rhyme. Each word has one syllable. You tell me another one-syllable word that rhymes with my two and that fits between my two words alphabetically.

Example: West Zest --> WREST

1. Own Pone

2. Jack Lack

3. Rule Spool

4. Hare Lair

5. Gash Hash

6. Reach Speech

7. Char Far

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences, leaving off the last two words. Add an "L" at the front of the first word, and phonetically you'll get the second word, which completes the sentence.

Example: If you drive about 30 miles up the coast from Boston, you'll wind up _____ _____. --> IN LYNN

1. I will sell my buildings in the Midwest, South and West, but I want my buildings in the _____ _____.

2. When the doctor arrived with the blood-sucking creatures, the patient screamed at _____ _____.

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is geographical. I'm going to give you some words and phrases. In each one, change two consecutive letters to name a country.

Example: SUDDEN --> SWEDEN

1. FRAPPE

2. GREEDY

3. ALGEBRA

4. CANARY

5. SIROCCO

6. BARGAIN

7. SERENA

8. JOBMAN

9. MALADY

10. SENSUAL

11. CAME UPON

On-air challenge: Every answer is a madeup two-word phrase. Add the letter F in front of the first word to get the second word to answer the clue.

Example: Less than usual stream of water --> low flow

1. Entire autumn

2. More unusual stuff that cattle eat

3. More aged container of office papers

4. Employs electrical safeguards

5. Arranges hot dogs in order of quality

6. Exposes oneself to the chances of being searched for weapons

7. Doesn't have any publicity agents, informally

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Rearrange the letters in each of them to make another word. Then think of a familiar saying or proverb that contains both those words.

Example: CHEAT GOD --> TEACH and DOG --> You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

1. KOOL PALE
2. EMIT VASES
3. TOP NERVE
4. THROW HUBS
5. DEAL MORE
6. FOAL NEON
7. HATES SWEAT
8 . TOW SHADE

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Think of a word that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The last letter of my first word will start your answer, and the last letter of your answer will start the second word.

Example: Landing ____ Ratio --> GEAR (landing gear, gear ratio)

1. Bus ____ Payment

2. Ranch ____ Drill

3. Wedding ____ Tag

4. Sewer ____ Trap

5. Magic ____ Tack

6. Crossing ____ Dog

7. Lens ____ Dating

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-I sound. Change the long-I to a long-A sound and phonetically you'll get the second word in the phrase.

Example: An awful covering for the face --> VILE VEIL

1. Precipitation along a German river

2. Smart methods

3. Cornrows on a woman who's about to get married

[Note: The words in each of the following answers have two syllables:]

4. One who looks at Old Faithful

5. Turncoat who's more hackneyed

On-air challenge: Every answer today is part of the human body. I'm going to give you some words. Drop the first letter and rearrange those that remain to name the body part.

Example: MARE --> EAR

1. CRAM

2. OGLE

3. POET

4. PINCH

5. CLAMP

6. ZONES

7. SHADE

8. KNISH

9. PITSAW

10. BATHER

11. DRIVEL

12. ETCHES

13. OUTGONE

14. RESCRIPT

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Insert the same letter in each of them to complete two things in the same category.

Example: Shots Skit --> Shorts, Skirt

1. FIE SEEN
2. MONEY SUNK
3. ETHER PALMS
4. BARE ALLEY
5. PARS SOFA
6. CURING WRESTING
7. MONTAGE CAPLET

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