Categorically SMART

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

Challenge from May 14: Draw a five-by-three square rectangle, five squares wide by three squares high. Fill it by the letters, 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.

Answer: HOTHEADS, HOPHEADS, POTHEADS and MATADORS.

Winner: Lola Spritzer from Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Challenge from May 21: From JoMarie Privitera of Marietta, Georgia: Think of a five-letter name of a company that is often seen while driving on the highway. Drop the first letter, and re-arrange the four remaining letters to name a dance. Or, go back to the company's name and drop the second letter, then re-arrange the four remaining letters to name an event where the dance may be performed. What is it?

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