Sunday Puzzle: What's The Fourth Word? New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz presents this week's puzzle to James Wilhoit of Renton, Wash., and NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.
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Sunday Puzzle: What's The Fourth Word?

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Sunday Puzzle: What's The Fourth Word?

Sunday Puzzle: What's The Fourth Word?

Sunday Puzzle: What's The Fourth Word?

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you three 5-letter words. You give me a fourth 5-letter word that can precede each of mine to complete a compound word or a familiar 2-word phrase.

For example: slide tower melon --> water (as in waterslide, water tower, watermelon)

1. alley trust faith
2. whale noise pages
3. alarm teeth front
4. speed opera touch
5. child piano total
6. charm guess stiff
7. story order bread
8. robin dance table

Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Patrick Berry of Jasper, Ala. Name a famous singer — 3 letters in the first name, 5 letters in the last. Drop the middle letter of the last name and rearrange the result to name a variety of singing group. What is it?

Answer: Bob Dylan --> boy band

Winner: James Wilhoit of Renton, Wash.

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Neville Fogarty of Newport News, Va. Take the first and last names of a journalist well-known to NPR listeners. Remove the first letter of the last name. The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell two modes of transport. And here's a hint: The modes of transport have the same number of wheels. Who is the journalist, and what are the modes of transport?

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