Entries should be submitted through the puzzle submission form on the NPR.org website. Please fill out all fields to include your name, address, the puzzle answer and a phone number where we can reach you at approximately 3 p.m. ET on Thursdays. No purchase is required.
Entry deadline: Entries must be received at Weekend Edition by 3 p.m. ET on Thursday following the broadcast of the week's puzzle challenge.
Eligibility restrictions: One entry per person. Employees of NPR and its member stations are not eligible to participate. You must be 13 or older to participate, and must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian if you are under 18. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. NPR is not responsible for incomplete, lost, stolen, illegible, misdirected or late entries.
Selection of the Winner: The winner will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries that contain a correct answer to the week's puzzle challenge. We will notify the winner by telephone. If we cannot reach the winner when we call at approximately 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, an alternate winner will be selected by random drawing from all remaining eligible entries.
Prizes: The winner will get to play the Sunday Puzzle on the air with host Rachel Martin and the puzzle editor of The New York Times and Weekend Edition's puzzle master Will Shortz. By playing the puzzle on the air, the winner will also receive: a Weekend Edition lapel pin; the 11th Edition Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers; Puzzle Master Presents from Random House, volume 2; and The New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzles, volume 29, from St. Martin's Press. (Total estimated retail value $90)
Reservations; Ownership of Entries: All entries become the property of Will Shortz and NPR, and will not be returned. Each contest entrant consents to the use of his or her name, voice, statements and puzzle answers, or any portion thereof, in connection with the puzzle, over the air and in any and all media and manner, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity without compensation. NPR is not responsible for any damages or losses relating to the puzzle or acceptance/use of any prize.