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'VA' Is for Word Lovers

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'VA' Is for Word Lovers

'VA' Is for Word Lovers

'VA' Is for Word Lovers

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In this week's puzzle, every answer is a familiar two-word phrase, where the first word starts with V and the second word starts with A. For example, given "subject of a tax in Britain" the answer would be "value added."

Challenge from Last Week: Think of an adjective starting with "over." What follows "over" is a word that has a homophone — that is, a word that sounds the same but is spelled differently. For example, in "overcast," "cast" is a homophone of "caste." Think of an adjective starting with "over" that is frequently used with the homophone of the word that follows. What is it?

The answer: Overthrown, throne

The winner: Emily Gilbert of Appleton, Wis.

Next Week's Challenge: From Jeffery Harris of Nashville, Tenn. Think of a six-letter hyphenated word meaning "eager." Change the fourth and the sixth letters to get another hyphenated word meaning "less than eager." What are the words?