What's The Sunday Puzzle?

Each week, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz presents an on-air quiz to one contestant and gives a challenge for listeners at home.

Official Rules


Play The Sunday Puzzle!

Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Please include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Submit Your Answer

What Can You Win?

The winner will play the 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; Scrabble Deluxe Edition from Parker Brothers; and The New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzles, volume 29, from St. Martin's Press. (Total estimated retail value $60)

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The End Remains The Same. All You've Got To Do Is Find It

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Hoping For 2 Of A Kind? Better Mix Things Up A Bit

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Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

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Better Get Revved Up For A Puzzle Stuffed With V's And E's

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Prepare For Double Trouble In This Week's Puzzle — And A Swarm Of B's

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Just In Time For The 4th, Here's A Puzzle Tailor-Made For The Patio

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Welcome To An Affair Of Phrases, Each Entwined By A Tiny 'Of'

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A Pair O' Definitions For A Pile Of 'Para' Puns

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Straight Out Of The Funny Papers, Here Are A Few Cartoon Conundrums

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Looking For Common Ground? Sometimes All It Takes Is 3 Letters

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Follow The Rhyme To Solve The Mystery Of The Missing Pair

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Finish This Puzzle, And You'll Be Just Like Overachievers: You Both Exceed

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What Do You Get When A City Slicker Drops His Vowels?

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Got 2 Words In The Same Category? It's Rhymin' Time!

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A Pair Of Fivers Holds The Key To Each Of This Week's Little Riddles

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