A Tale Of Turkey, Full Of 'Blobs'

On-Air Challenge

This is a game called Blobs that Will Shortz found in an old book of party games. Will talks about his recent trip to Turkey, and the account has a number of intentional errors. Every time there's an error of fact, logic or word usage, the player says "blob."

Last Week's Challenge

This comes from Henry Hook of Brooklyn, one of the country's top crossword constructors, and it's a rather tricky puzzle: Name an auto manufacturer and a telecommunications company, both well-known companies, whose names are exact opposites of each other.

ANSWER: Will's intended answer was KIA and NOKIA. There were other creative but incorrect answers that came in, including INFINITI and NETZERO, YUGO and ICOM, OLDSMOBILE and T-MOBILE (pretending Old S and T as opposites of each other).

WINNER: Susan Kunimatsu of Seattle

Next Week's Challenge

From listener Ben Bass of Chicago: Think of a word containing the consecutive letters O-K. Remove the O-K, and you'll get a new word that's a synonym of the first word. What words are these?

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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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