Hopelessly Devoted To A Challenge

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On-Air Challenge

You are given a five-letter word and a seven-letter word. Rearrange the letters of one of the words to get a synonym of the other word. For example, given "alloy" and "devoted," the answer would be "loyal." (Loyal is an anagram of "alloy" and a synonym of "devoted.)

Last Week's Challenge

Take the word "bookman." Change one letter and rearrange the result to name a famous person who wrote books. Who is it?

Answer: Nabokov

Winner: Kevin Callahan of Eugene, Ore.

Next Week's Challenge

From Eric Iverson of Eagan, Minn.: What is the longest common word in which all the letters rhyme with E?

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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