Sunday Puzzle: Double Down NPR's Renee Montagne and Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition's Puzzle Master, play this week's puzzle with Phil Sweet of Sparta Township, N.J.
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Sunday Puzzle: Double Down

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Sunday Puzzle: Double Down

Sunday Puzzle: Double Down

Sunday Puzzle: Double Down

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you clues to some 8-letter words. Each word contains a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter, and the remaining letters in order will spell a 6-letter word that answers the second clue.

Ex. Most strait-laced / Catholic official —> PRI(MM)EST, PRIEST
1. George Gallup, for one / something pinned on a wall
2. Mussing, as feathers / court decision
3. [Fill in the blank:] ___ column (part of a car) / lace
4. Business / force to do something
5. In a gloomy fashion / sudden disappointment
6. Eliding / activity at Vail
7. Correct / certain salt in chemistry
8. Risqué quality / city in Wisconsin

The last two 8-letter words have two consecutive doubled letters. Drop all of these to get a 4-letter word that answers the second clue.

9. One sharing living quarters / $79 a night, for example
10. Is victorious / soapy water

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Chris Stuart of Las Cruces, N.M. Take the name of a country. Insert an E somewhere inside it. You'll get a phrase that answers the question: What did Henry Ford do?

Answer: Made a gas car

Winner: Phil Sweet of Sparta Township, N.J.

Next week's challenge: This is a two-week challenge, and it comes from Zack Guido, who's the author of the book Of Course! The Greatest Collection of Riddles & Brain Teasers for Expanding Your Mind. Write down the equation 65 – 43 = 21. You'll notice that this is not correct. 65 minus 43 equals 22, not 21. The object is to move exactly two of the digits to create a correct equation. There is no trick in the puzzle's wording. In the answer, the minus and equal signs do not move.

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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, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. ET.