The Answer Starts in the Middle

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

Challenge from January 28: Name a famous person, a living American, with a one-syllable first name and a one-syllable last name. Add a short "E" sound to the end of this person's first name, add a long "E" sound to the end of this person's last name, say the result out loud and it will sound like a common uncapitalized English word. Who is the person and what is the word?

Answer: Al Gore - allegory

Winner: Rebekah Rasooly from Silver Spring, Md.

Challenge for February 4: This challenge is literally a brain buster. Think of a word that can follow brain and precede buster, in each case completing a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. What word is this?

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