Special Edition: This Game's A Beach

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Anniversary Puzzle!

This November, Liane Hansen will celebrate 20 years as host of Weekend Edition, and we're starting the party a little early.


Puzzlemaster Will Shortz joins Liane in studio 4A along with NPR dignitaries, a studio audience and a surprise guest to play a special edition of the Sunday Puzzle.

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On-Air Challenge

The challenge is a game of categories. The word is beach. Each clue is a category, and for each category, the goal is to name something in it starting with each of the letters in beach.

Last Weeks Challenge

It comes from Craig Hamilton, editor for the National Puzzlers' League. Think of two terms that mean "to divulge information." Write them one after the other with no spaces between words. The result is a nine-letter word for a card that you might hold in a card game. What card is it?

Answer: sing + let on = singleton

Winner: Bob Brereton, St. Paul, Minn.

Next Weeks Challenge

It comes from listener Ben Bass of Chicago. A few weeks ago, we had a puzzle that asked you to write the name KEVIN KLINE, pointing out that when it is written in capital letters, each name consists of 13 straight lines, with no curves. We asked you to name another celebrity whose first and last names also have five letters in which each name consists of 14 straight lines. The answer was VANNA WHITE.

Here's this week's challenge: Name a genre of music in two five-letter words, each word consisting of exactly 15 straight lines and no curves.

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 at 3 p.m.



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