Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better Change a letter in each word to make two new words. The letter you change must be in the same position in each word. And the letter you change each of them to will be the same letter of the alphabet.
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Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

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Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

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On-air challenge: Today's puzzle has a bit of wordplay. Change one letter in each word provided to make two new words. The letter you change must be in the same position in each word of the pair. And the letter you change each of them to will be the same letter of the alphabet.

For example, "relief" and "mallet" become "belief" and "ballet."

Last week's challenge: Name an occupation starting with the letter B. Remove the second, third and fourth letters. The remaining letters in order will name something you might experience in the presence of someone who has this occupation. What is it?

Answer: Bartender, bender.

Winner: Daniel Pope of Portland, Ore.

Next week's challenge: The challenge comes from puzzle-maker Rodolfo Kurchan. Write down the following six numbers: 19, 28, 38, 81, 83, 85. What are the next three numbers in the series?

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