Sunday Puzzle: Math Is Necessary To Solve This One, But Don't Get Fancy Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz play the Sunday Puzzle with winner Mark Scott of Seattle, Wash.

Sunday Puzzle: Math Is Necessary To Solve This One, But Don't Get Fancy

Sunday Puzzle: Math Is Necessary To Solve This One, But Don't Get Fancy

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Sunday Puzzle.

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some 6-letter words. For each one insert two letters in the exact center to complete a familiar 8-letter word.

Ex. INNATE --> INNOVATE

1. ARGENT
2. VANISH
3. CORRAL
4. ROSARY
5. PANAMA
6. THOUGH
7. CARNAL
8. CRUDER
9. MANURE
10. CHAISE
11. ESTATE
12. OFFING
13. SUBTLE

Last week's challenge: Name a creature in 9 letters. It has two words in its name. Drop the consecutive letters U-R, and the result will name a major U.S. city in 7 letters. What is it?

Puzzle answer: Sea turtle --> Seattle

Puzzle winner: Mark Scott of Seattle, Wash.

Next week's challenge: If ELI is 173, and LOIS is 5,107, how much is LESLIE?
I gave this puzzle to a friend, who solved it in 5 seconds. No fancy math is needed.