Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.
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?
Answer: Finlanders, Flanders.
Winner: Max White of Albany, Oregon.
Challenge from June 11: From listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, New Jersey: Think of a phrase of the form, Blank and Blank. The initials of the two words in the blanks are R and F. Change the first letter of the second word from an F to a V, and the two words will become synonyms. What are they?