Do You Know Your Proverbial Alphabet?

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

Challenge from June 25: Think of a boy's first name in six letters. Move the first two letters to the end, and you'll get a word meaning, a bird. Then, move the first two letters of that to the end, to name a well known English writer of the past. What words are these?

Answer: The name is ERNEST. The bird is NESTER. The author is STERNE.

Winner: Barbara Lawrence of Lake Wales, Florida.

Challenge from July 2: From listener Philip Goodman of Binghamton, N.Y. Name a well-known American of the past consisting of eight letters. This is the person's full name, as he or she was known. Six of the letters are consonants, and all six of these consonants are Roman numerals. Who is this famous person?



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