Sunday Puzzle, By Will Shortz: Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! Every answer this week is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme — and every word has two syllables.
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Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

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Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme ... and every word has two syllables.

For example, using the the initials V, H and F, an extremely hirsute sprite: very hairy fairy.

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

Answer: 89, 97, 102. The series consists of the numbers that, when written in English, start and end with the same letter of the alphabet.

Winner: Ken Roberts of Philadelphia.

Next week's challenge from listener Daniel Grossman: Name something in three syllables that an auto mechanic might have. Move the second and third syllables to the front. The result, with some respacing, will name a group of auto mechanics. What is it?

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