Sunday Puzzle: It Doesn't Take A Know-It-All To Play This Game NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and New York Times crosswords editor Will Shortz play this week's puzzle with Michael Holmes of North Potomac, Md.
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Sunday Puzzle: It Doesn't Take A Know-It-All To Play This Game

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Sunday Puzzle: It Doesn't Take A Know-It-All To Play This Game

Sunday Puzzle: It Doesn't Take A Know-It-All To Play This Game

Sunday Puzzle: It Doesn't Take A Know-It-All To Play This Game

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a compound word with two hyphens in which the part in the middle has two letters.

Ex. Perfect stroke for a golfer —> hole-in-one
1. Carousel
2. Officer during a meeting who stands near the door
3. Basic piece of lumber
4. Street that's a dead end
5. Relative of one's spouse who is stereotypically hard to get along with
6. Smarty-pants; a person who pretends to have all the answers
7. State flower of Alaska, whose name suggests you'll always remember it
8. Capital of Haiti
9. Person who can represent you in a legal case
10. French name for blackjack, which translates as "twenty-one"
11. Decorative symbol with a French name
12. Basic kind of knot used to tie a necktie
13. Person who is lazy and irresponsible
14. Relatively affluent

Last week's challenge: This was a two-week challenge, and it came from Zack Guido, 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.

Answer: 65-43=12


Winner: Michael Holmes of North Potomac, Md.

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge sounds easy, but it's a little tricky. Name a well-known nationality. Drop a letter, and the remaining letters in order will name a metal — one of the elements on the periodic table. What 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, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. ET.