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The Answer May Elude You

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The Answer May Elude You

The Answer May Elude You

The Answer May Elude You

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On-Air Challenge

You are given two seven-letter words. Rearrange the letters in one of the words to get a synonym of the other. For example, if the clue is "gratify" and "eluding," the answer would be "indulge," which is an anagram of eluding and means gratify. The anagram can be the first or second word.

Challenge From Last Week

The words "chic" and "squeak" rhyme with each other, even though they have no letters in common. Think of three words containing a total of 12 or more letters that rhyme and have no letters in common. The words must be common, uncapitalized words, and each will have just one syllable.

Answer: Screw (or strew), pooh and flu (or gnu). Also acceptable: three, quay and ski.

Winner: Miranda Phillips of Ithaca, N.Y.

Next Week's Challenge

From listener Martin Eiger of Montville, N.J.: Name a musical instrument, change the third letter to a different letter and double the last letter. The result will name a famous singer, in two words. Who is the singer and what is the instrument?