Compounding the 'O' Sounds

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

Challenge from October 29: From listener David Rosen of Bethesda, Maryland: 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?

Answer: Rachel Carson and Nora Charles

Winner: George Steinberg from Flushing, N.Y.

Challenge from November 5: Take the word lather. Rearrange the letters and repeat them as often as necessary to name a famous literary work in 16 letters. Hint: The title of this literary work has three words, one of which is hyphenated. Name this famous literary work.



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