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'R' You Ready?

'R' You Ready?

'R' You Ready?

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Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.

Challenge from Jan. 29: This week, we'll make a spoonerism (to do that, interchange the initial consonant sounds of words in one phrase to get a new phrase). For example: wild cherry, spoonerised, is child weary. Now, name a popular tourist spot in Europe with four letters in the first word and six letters in the last. Spoonerise it, and you'll get a new phrase meaning "got drunk." What phrases are these?

Challenge from Jan. 22: From listener Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco: Take the nine letters from "G" go "O". Change one of them to the following letter of the alphabet. And re-arrange the result to name a famous person. Two hints: The answer is this person's full name. And its a person that been in the news lately.

Answer: Kim Jong-Il, North Korean leader.

Winner: Portia Cornell of Highland, Ca.

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