Transform Words With An Additional Letter In This Week's Puzzle Words with five letters transform into six-letter words when puzzlemaster Will Shortz and winner and WBEZ listener P.D. Wadler of Chicago join NPR's Rachel Martin for the weekly challenge.
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Transform Words With An Additional Letter In This Week's Puzzle

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Transform Words With An Additional Letter In This Week's Puzzle

Transform Words With An Additional Letter In This Week's Puzzle

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On-air challenge:

I'm going to give you some 5-letter words. For each one, change the middle letter to two new letters to get a familiar 6-letter word.

Ex. FROND --> FRIEND
1. EARLY
2. TULIP
3. MOURN
4. BROTH
5. LATCH
6. JUROR
7. SCOWL
8. FUTON
9. DEITY
10. EGEST
11. GUSTY
12. HOUSE
13. ORGAN
14. PANDA
15. SLOTH
16. DECOR
17. ALIVE
18. VISOR

Last week's challenge, from listener Adam Cohen of Brooklyn, NY:

Take the name of a well-known actress — four letters in the first name, nine letters in the last. Insert a letter between the second and third letters of the first name. Remove the last two letters of the last name. The result is a two-word phrase that means "freedom." Who is the actress, and what is the phrase?

Answer: Cate Blanchett (carte blanche)

Next week's challenge:

Name a state capital. Drop one of its letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name of another major city in the United States. What is it? There are two different answers, and you should find both of them.

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 3 p.m., Eastern.