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Alma Maters (Or, A Smart Male)

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Alma Maters (Or, A Smart Male)

Alma Maters (Or, A Smart Male)

Alma Maters (Or, A Smart Male)

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On-Air Challenge

Every answer is the name of a college or university. Given an anagram, the contestant names the school. For example, if the clue is "lay" plus "e," the answer is "Yale."

Last Week's Challenge

Think of a common first name for a boy, starting with the letter E, two syllables. Rearrange all of the letters to form a common first name for a girl, also with two syllables. What names are these?

ANSWER: Ernie becomes Irene

WINNER: Eleanor Carlson of Corvallis, Ore.

Next Week's Challenge

Take four words: Croquet; Lunette; Renoir; Turnstile. They are all two-syllable words, but aside from that, they all have something unusual in common: a property that virtually no other words have. What property is it? Hint: Think phonetically.

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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