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Of Primo Importance

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Of Primo Importance

Of Primo Importance

Of Primo Importance

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In the on-air puzzle, you are given several 10-letter words. For each word, rearrange the first five letters to spell a common word and the last five letters to spell another common word. Each pair of answers is unique. For example, given "importance," the answer would be "primo" and "enact."

Challenge From Last Week: From Gary Alvstad of Tustin, Calif. Start with an eight-letter mathematics term. Remove the first, fourth and eighth letters to produce a synonym of the original word. What is it?

The answer: Fraction, ratio

The winner: Norman Lane of North Hollywood, Calif.

Next Week's Challenge: Think of a familiar brand name ending in the letters G-S. Change the G-S to an O and you'll get the brand name of a different product. What is it? Hint: The first word has five letters, and the second has four.