Sunday Puzzle: Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff? When NPR's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz, lists three words starting with the letters H, O and T, the answer's a word that can follow each to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.
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Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

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Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

Hey Puzzlers, Ready For Some H-O-T Stuff?

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On-air challenge: When I give you three words starting with the letters H, O and T, you tell me a word that can follow each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

For example: Home, Oval, Ticket —> OFFICE. (Home office, oval office, ticket office.)

Last week's challenge from listener Ben Bass of Chicago: Name a prominent American politician — first and last names, 11 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you'll get a country plus the former name of another country. Who's the politician, and what countries are these?

Answer: Nancy Pelosi / Spain, Ceylon.

Winner: Todd Garvin of Silverdale, Wash.

Next week's challenge: A spoonerism is an interchange of initial consonant sounds in a phrase to get another phrase, as in "light rain" and "right lane." Name something seen in a kitchen in two words. Its spoonerism is an article that's worn mostly by men. What is it?

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