On-air challenge: Every answer is a three-syllable word or name in which the middle syllable is accented and pronounced "sigh."
Ex. Sharp and clear-thinking --> INCISIVE
1. Matthew, John or Judas Iscariot
2. God of the sea, in Greek myth
3. Figure out, as a secret message
4. Music or dance performance that a parent might sit through
5. Making up one's mind
6. Not just throw trash away
7. Kind of trading that's illegal
8. Painful inflammation around joints
9. Front tooth
10. Place of safety
11. Clear and compelling, as a victory
12. Very enthusiastic
13. Religious savior
14. Egyptian god associated with the afterlife
Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Stuart Portnoy of Arlington, Va. Name a famous actor — first and last names. The last name is a well-known brand. Drop the last letter of the first name and you'll get the kind of product it's a brand of. Who is it?
Answer: Alec Guinness (Guinness, ale)
Winner: William Zweck of Gilbert, Ariz.
Next week's challenge: In English, a short "u" sound is usually spelled with a "u," as in "fun" and "luck." Occasionally it's spelled with an "o," as in "come" and "love." Can you name two everyday one-syllable words in which a short "u" sound is spelled with an "a"?
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, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. ET.