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Most Valuable Puzzle

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Most Valuable Puzzle

Most Valuable Puzzle

Most Valuable Puzzle

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In this week's on-air puzzle, Will offers three words that start with the letters M, V and P, as in Most Valuable Player. Think of a word that can follow each of his, to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. For example: Mothers, Veterans and Pay — the answer would be DAY, as in Mother's Day, Veterans Day and Pay Day.

Challenge from Last Week: From listener Scott Murphy of Lawrence, Kan. Take the word NEAR. If you shift each of its consonants to the next consonant of the alphabet, and each of its vowels to the next vowel in the alphabet, you get the word PIES. Find a one-word title of a famous novel that was made into a film, that if you shift each of its consonants and vowels in the same manner, gives you another one-word title of a famous novel that was also made into a film. What novels and films are these?

The answer: COMA — DUNE

The winner: Kim McKinney from Mobile, Ala.

This Week's Challenge: It's a classic bit of word play. Name a certain shop some people visit every day. Reverse the order of the last four letters, leaving the other letters untouched, and you'll get a new word that means fragility.

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