Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home. This week's participant is Julia Daugherty of Iowa City, Iowa. (Since we're in the middle of a two-week puzzle challenge — see below — Ms. Daugherty was selected from those who answered the Sept. 24 challenge correctly.)
Challenge from September 24: From Louis Sargent of Portland, Ore. Think of a nine-letter word for something that is unplanned. Change the middle letter from I to U, and you'll get a new word for something that is always planned. What is it?
Answer: collision, collusion
Challenge from October 1: This week's challenge is a special two-week challenge, and the deadline for submissions is 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 12.
The challenge is a special challenge called, "Chained Sentences." The object is to write a sentence or other bit of writing in which the last two letters of each word are the first two letters of the next.
For example: Give veteran Angela Lansbury rye yeast. Or, the heroic iconoclast stops psychological allusions.
Send us your best entries. You can send up to three entries. Entries will be judged on meaning, naturalness of syntax, originality and overall elegance. And the longer sentences are more elegant than the shorter ones, but only if they make sense and read smoothly. The person who sends what we judge as the best chain sentence, will play puzzle on the air in two weeks.