Sunday Puzzle: A Twisted Ending The New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz presents this week's puzzle to Robert Switzer of West Hollywood, Calif., and NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.
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Sunday Puzzle: A Twisted Ending

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Sunday Puzzle: A Twisted Ending

Sunday Puzzle: A Twisted Ending

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you clues for two words. Reverse the last two letters of the first word to get the second word.

Example: Aristocratic / Prestigious annual prize —> NOBLE, NOBEL

1. Squiggle over a Spanish "n" / Like a bathroom floor

2. Move along slowly / Thin pancake

3. Variety of grape for wine-making / Spotted horse

4. Something that's 90 degrees on a square / Heavenly figure

5. Bread-making need / Irish poet who wrote "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"

6. English county / More timid

7. Feature on a necklace / Applauds

8. First sign of the zodiac / Get out of bed

Last week's challenge: This challenge came 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?

Answer: Cokie Roberts —> scooter + bike

Winner: Robert Switzer of West Hollywood, Calif.

Next week's challenge: Name a world capital. It's an older way of spelling the name. Drop three letters, and the remaining letters, in order, will name another world capital. Both cities have more than a million residents. What cities are these?

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