Sunday Puzzle: Capital Letters Kathy McDonough of Clarksville, Tenn., plays this week's puzzle with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster.
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Sunday Puzzle: Capital Letters

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Sunday Puzzle: Capital Letters

Sunday Puzzle: Capital Letters

Sunday Puzzle: Capital Letters

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words and phrases. Each one conceals the name of a world capital in left to right order, although not in consecutive letters. Every answer has exactly 5 letters.

Example: STOCK SYMBOL --> TOKYO
1. SERIOUSLY
2. PARTISAN
3. COCK-AND-BULL
4. HUMANOID
5. MINISKIRT
6. SOUTH AFRICA

Last week's challenge: The name of what vehicle, spelled backward, becomes phonetically a four-word phrase identifying another vehicle?

Answer: Subaru --> U R a bus!

Winner: Kathy McDonough of Clarksville, Tenn.

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Neville Fogarty of Newport News, Va. Think of a convenience introduced in the 19th century that is still around today. Its name has two words. Take the first three letters of the first word and the first letter of its second word, in order, to get a convenience introduced in the 21st century that serves a similar purpose. Their names are otherwise unrelated. What two conveniences are these?

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