Sunday Puzzle: Turn That Fame Into Capital NPR's Linda Wertheimer and New York Times crosswords editor Will Shortz play this week's challenge with Richard McCurdy of Burbank, Calif.
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Sunday Puzzle: Turn That Fame Into Capital

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Sunday Puzzle: Turn That Fame Into Capital

Sunday Puzzle: Turn That Fame Into Capital

Sunday Puzzle: Turn That Fame Into Capital

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a famous person whose last name is the name of a well-known U.S. city.

Example: Actress who played Samantha on Bewitched [Ala.] —> ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY

1. Singer with the No. 1 hits "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "Didn't We Almost Have It All" [Texas]
2. Who sang "Rocky Mountain High" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" [Colo.]
3. Attorney general under President Bill Clinton for all eight years [Nev.]
4. Star of Malcolm X, Fences and The Equalizer [D.C.]
5. 1960s-'70s singer with Dawn [Fla.]
6. Singer with certified-33-times platinum album Thriller [Miss.]
7. Actor who starred in Her and Walk the Line [Ariz.]
8. Silent film start who was married to Mary Pickford [Alaska]


Last week's challenge: I'm going to give you six words. Besides the fact that each word contains the letter E, what highly unusual property do they share?

ADIEU
AMAZED
BUREAUS
ELATES
HEAD-ON
SIENNAS

Answer: If you remove the E from each word, the remaining letters can be rearranged to name a make of car: Audi, Mazda, Subaru, Tesla, Honda, Nissan.

Winner: Richard McCurdy of Burbank, Calif.

Next week's challenge: Think of a familiar French expression in three words, containing 3 letters, 2 letters, and 5 letters, respectively. Then take its standard translation in English, which is a two-word phrase. If you have the right phrases, the first words of the two phrases said out loud will sound like a world capital. 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. 30, at 3 p.m. ET.

Correction Nov. 28, 2017

A previously posted version of this challenge did not accurately reflect what was broadcast. Additionally, the song "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" was incorrectly listed as "I Want to Dance With Somebody."