Fun with Four-Letter Words

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

Challenge from December 3: In this familiar five-word saying, one of the words ends in the letter T and the other four words all start with T. What's the saying?

Answer: It takes two to tango

Winner: Althea Webb of Dallas, Texas

Challenge from December 10: From Adam Cohen of Brooklyn, New York: Take the names of two birds, four letters each. Place these names side by side, then move the first letter of the string to the end and you'll get an eight-letter word that describes where birds fly. What are the birds and where do they fly? Hint: the first bird is a common one everyone knows. The second bird is seen mainly in crossword puzzles.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from