The Mother of All Puzzles

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

Challenge from May 7: From Mike Reese of Los Angeles: Take two words that go together to make the a familiar phrase in the form "blank and blank." Both words are plurals — for example, "bells and whistles." Move the first letter of the second word to the start of the first word and you'll get two new words that name forms of transportation. What are they?

Answer: arts & crafts/carts, rafts.

Winner: Pris Neulander of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Challenge from May 14: Draw a five-by-three square rectangle, five squares wide by three squares high. Fill it with the letters from Happy Mother's Day, in order. The top line will have HAPPY, the middle line will have MOTHE, and the bottom line will have RSDAY. The object is to spell the longest common English word in the grid, following the rules of Boggle. That is, proceed from letter to letter, following connected squares horizontally, vertically and diagonally. For example: You can spell the word, Path, starting at the first P in happy, moving left to the A, diagonally down and right to the T, and then right to the H. Repeating a square is not allowed.



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