On-air challenge: This puzzle is a welcome for Lulu to the program. We're going to take it from the top. Every answer is a compound word or familiar two-word phrase in which the first part starts TO- and the second part starts P-.
Ex. Producer of love apples in the garden --> TOMATO PLANT
- Product from Crest or Colgate
- Product from Charmin or Cottonelle
- Place on a highway where you have to stop and pay money
- Native American sculpture in the Northwest in which giant heads are carved into a tree
- Rock singer and musician with the Heartbreakers
- Little dog with a fuzzy coat and a high-pitched bark
- Fraternity event seen in the film "Animal House"
- Hybrid car from Japan
- Pointing device on a laptop computer used as a substitute for a mouse
- Procedure for inserting a titanium bar in part of the mouth
- Something smoked by Sherlock Holmes and Santa Claus
- Set of things for sightseers to see at an all-inclusive price
- Paint that's applied by a pedicurist
Last week's challenge:
Take the four-letter men's names TODD, OMAR, DAVE and DREW. If you write them one under the other, they'll form a word square, spelling TODD, OMAR, DAVE and DREW reading down as well:
Can you construct a word square consisting of five five-letter men's names? Any such square using relatively familiar men's names will count. I have an answer using four relatively common names and one less familiar one.
Challenge answer: Winning answer
Puzzle winner: Sixteen-year-old Marisa Schiller of Sandusky, Mich. She plays with her high school teacher, Kurt Wentzel, who assigns the puzzle to his students.
Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from Mike Reiss, who's a writer/producer for The Simpsons. He's had a number of challenges on this program. Think of a two-word phrase you might see on a clothing label. Add two letters to the end of the first word, and one letter to the end of the second word. The result is the name of a famous writer. Who is it?
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, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. ET.