Fill In The Blanks

On-Air Challenge

Every answer is a familiar phrase in the form of ____ and ____. Each clue is a sentence with two blanks. Fill in the blanks with two words that complete the phrase. But here's the twist: The words that complete the sentence are homophones of the words in the answer phrase.

For example: When the vegetable store received a fresh supply of ____, excited customers lined up in ____. The answer would be "peas" and "queues," as in "a fresh supply of peas; the customers lined up in queues," with "P's and Q's" being a familiar phrase.

Last Week's Challenge

Take the name "Boris Karloff." It contains the letters of "Oslo" in left-to-right order (although not consecutively). Now write down these three names: Leonardo da Vinci, Frank Sinatra, Stephen Douglas. Each conceals the name of another world capital in left-to-right order, although not in consecutive letters. What capitals are these?

ANSWER: Leonardo da Vinci = London. Frank Sinatra = Ankara. Stephen Douglas = Seoul

WINNER: Lee Schipper of Berkeley, Calif.

Next Week's Challenge

From listener Ed Pegg Jr., who runs

Take the name "Noah Adams," as in the former host of All Things Considered. Add the phrase "false teeth." You can rearrange all 19 letters to name a famous work of literature. What is it?

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. Eastern.



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