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The Bad Pun Department Strikes Again

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The Bad Pun Department Strikes Again

The Bad Pun Department Strikes Again

The Bad Pun Department Strikes Again

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On-Air Challenge

Every answer is a word, name or familiar phrase with alternating A's. For example, if the clue is "Woody Allen movie," the answer is "Bananas."

Last Week's Challenge

Think of a familiar 10-letter hyphenated word that uses all seven letters of the alphabet from "F" to "L" plus three other letters of your choosing. What word is it? It's a word everyone knows, and it's in some dictionaries.

ANSWER: Half-joking

WINNER: Christopher Slavik of Chicago

Next Week's Challenge

This comes from Mike Reese, producer of The Simpsons and co-creator of The Critic. Will Shortz is looking for the full names of well-known female TV stars — one actress and one comedian. The first four letters of the actress' first name are the last four letters of the comedian's last name, and the first four letters of the comedian's first name are the last four letters of the actress' last name. Who are these well-known entertainers?

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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