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Stuck In The Middle With U — Or A, Or B ...

Stuck In The Middle With U — Or A, Or B ...

Stuck In The Middle With U — Or A, Or B ...

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Sunday Puzzle.
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Sunday Puzzle.
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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some six-letter words. For each one, insert two letters in the exact center to complete a familiar eight-letter word.

For example: ACCENT —> ACCIDENT.

Last week's challenge, from listener Fred Piscop of Bellmore, N.Y.: Take these three phrases:

Turkey breast
Ski slope
Cash drawer

What very unusual property do they have in common?

Answer: In each phrase, the second word can be anagrammed to complete another common phrase:

Turkey breast —> turkey baster
Ski slope —> ski poles
Cash Drawer —> cash reward

Winner: Richard Harris of Centennial, Colo.

Next week's challenge, from listener Michael Shteyman of Odenton, Md.: Take the name of a country and a well-known city in the Middle East — 12 letters in all. Rearrange these letters to name another country and another well-known city in the Middle East. What places are these?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. ET.

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