Pun City, U.S.A.

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

Challenge from October 22: Name a famous American singer, one who is still alive. Six letters in the first name, six letters in the last. Write out this name from left to right. Cross out six consecutive letters from inside the name, leaving the start and end intact. The result will be the six-letter last name of a U.S. president. Name the singer and the president.

Answer: Willie Nelson, Wilson

Winner: Chris Roberts of Richmond, Virginia.

Challenge from October 29: Name a well-known writer of the 20th century, now deceased... an author of bestselling non-fiction. There are six letters in the first name and six in the last. Remove the letter "C" somewhere from this name. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name a famous fictional detective with four letters in the first name and seven in the last. What names are these?

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