Tom Swifties, He Said Cryptically

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

Challenge from September 10: From Henry Hook of Brooklyn, New York, one of the country's top puzzle makers: Think of a seven-letter word that names a certain implement with a sharp point. Reverse the order of the second, third, fourth, and fifth letter, leaving the other three letters in place. The result will name a popular TV series. This series has other types of sharp implements in use.

Answer: The implement is a nutpick, the series is nip/tuck

Winner: Karen Donofrio-Staros of Carlsbad, California

Challenge from September 17: Name a famous person whose first and last names, together, total eleven letters. This person's first and last names each contain the consecutive letters "I-L-L" in that order. Who is it? It's a person everybody knows.



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