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These Phrases Have A Shushing Effect

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These Phrases Have A Shushing Effect

These Phrases Have A Shushing Effect

These Phrases Have A Shushing Effect

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On-Air Challenge

Today's puzzle is called "Shhhh." Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word starts with S-H and the second word starts with H. For example, if the clue is "restraining device with a diagonal strap across the chest," the answer would be "shoulder harness."

Last Week's Challenge

It comes from Scott Kim, the puzzle maker for Discover Magazine. He has a 2010 page-a-day calendar just out called "Mind Benders and Brainteasers." Here's one of the puzzles in it: Name five two-digit numbers that are evenly spaced out — like 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 — in which all 10 digits from 0 to 9 are used once each. What numbers are these?

ANSWER: There are four possible solutions: 18, 36, 54, 72, 90; or 54, 63, 72, 81, 90; or 50, 61, 72, 83, 94; or 10, 32, 54, 76, 98

WINNER: Josh Miller of Berkeley, Calif.

Next Week's Challenge

Think of a familiar two-word phrase, five letters in each word. The second word starts with P. The phrase names something that is nice to have after dinner. Change the P to an S, and you'll get another familiar phrase that names something that's nice to have before you start a job. What phrases 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 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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