Sunday Puzzle: When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter Given two words in this week's puzzle, move one letter from one of hem and insert it in the other — without changing the order of any of the letters — to get two synonyms.

#### When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter

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When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter

# When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter

#### When It Comes To The Puzzle, Don't Mail It In — Just Exchange A Letter

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Move one letter from one of them and insert it in the other — without changing the order of any of the letters — to get two synonyms.

For example: Kid, snort --> kind, sort.

Last week's challenge, from listener Darrell Myers of Somerville, Mass.: Name a famous actress of the past — first and last names, 10 letters altogether. Change one letter in the first name and one letter in the last. The result is a two-word phrase naming a food item often found in a kitchen cabinet or refrigerator. What is it?

Answer: Grace Kelly --> Grape Jelly.

Winner: Steve Meyer.

Next week's challenge: This is a two-week challenge. Take the digits 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, in that order. Using those digits and the four arithmetic signs — plus, minus, times and divided by — you can get 1 with the sequence 5 - 4 + 3 - 2 - 1. You can get 2 with the sequence (5 - 4 + 3 - 2) x 1.

The question is ... how many numbers from 1 to 40 can you get using the digits 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 in that order along with the four arithmetic signs?

You can group digits with parentheses, as in the example. There are no tricks to this, though. It's a straightforward puzzle. How many numbers from 1 to 40 can you get — and, specifically, what number or numbers can you not get? I'll reveal my solution in two weeks.