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Sunday Puzzle: Reverse To Get Ahead

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Sunday Puzzle: Reverse To Get Ahead

Sunday Puzzle: Reverse To Get Ahead

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On-air challenge: Each sentence has two blanks. Reverse the first two letters of the word that goes in the first blank to get a new word that goes in the second blank to complete the sentence.

Example: Until 1917 in Russia, there was no bigger ______ than the ______. --> STAR, TSAR

1. The wide branches of the ______ tree left ______ room for everyone to sit in the shade.

2. The company president guaranteed all her employees a ______ no matter what financial difficulties might ______.

3. Before going out on stage, ______ Presley changed out of his ______ into dress pants.

4. If the tailor runs out of time, he'll have to ______ the pants leg ______.

5. Of all the uncommon cases the school infirmary got, the ______ was cardiac ______.

6. For his Irish fans, the fact that the singer came from the province of ______ added ______ to his reputation.

7. Heinz is planning a new-fangled bottle for their ______, but every time I try it, it ______ (2 wds.).

8. Because of its conflicting statements about the use of ______ weapons, the government's policy on them was ______.

9. The flying instructor gave the student pilot considerable ______ in deciding what ______ to fly at.

10. Just for your ______, the word "______" can be defined as "the act of treating someone like a god."

Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Joseph Young, who conducts the weekly blog Puzzleria. Take the start of the name of a country and the end of that country's capital. Put the parts together, one after the other, and you'll get the last name of a character in a very popular movie. It's a character everyone knows. Who is it?

Answer: Kenya + Nairobi --> (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Chris Stuart, who is from the answer to this puzzle. Name a place in the United States that contains a W. Drop the W, and you can rearrange the remaining letters to name two types of mammals, each in the plural form. What place is it, and what are the mammals?

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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, March 1 at 3 p.m. ET.