Trim a Bit off Both Ends

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

Challenge from May 28: From Doug Heller of Flourtown, Pennsylvania: Name two people who have been in the news together recently. One of them has a three-letter last name. The other has an eight-letter last name. Move the first letter of the eight-letter name to the start of the three-letter name. The result will be two words that are synonyms. Who are the people and what are the synonyms?

Answer: Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling... slay and killing.

Winner: Sabina Brukner of New York City.

Challenge from June 4: Name a people of Europe. Remove the second and third letters of this word. The remaining letters, in order, will spell an area of Europe, that is unrelated to the people. Who are the people and what is the area?

The deadline for THIS WEEK'S entry is WEDNESDAY, June 7

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