On-air challenge: I'm going to give you clues for some 8-letter words. Each one has a doubled letter somewhere in it. Drop the doubled letter, and the remaining letters in order will spell a 6-letter word that answers the second clue.
Example: Most strait-laced / Catholic official --> PRIMMEST, PRIEST
1. George Gallup, for one / Large sign that might be pinned on a wall
2. Mussing, as feathers / Court decision
3. ___ column (part of a car) / Thin cord
4. Buying and selling of goods / Force to do something
5. In a gloomy fashion / Sudden disappointment
6. Eliding or passing over / Activity at Vail, Colo.
7. Having no errors / Certain salt in chemistry
8. Risqué quality / City in Wisconsin [Hint: Both answers consist of an 8-letter word with two consecutive pairs of doubled letters. Drop each pair to leave a 4-letter word that answers the second clue.]
9. One sharing living quarters, as in a college dorm / Give four stars, for example
10. Is victorious / Soapy water
Last week's challenge: Think of a popular two-word song title in 7 letters. If you have the right one, you can rearrange the letters to name an animal and the sound it makes. What is it? Here's a hint: The title is in a foreign language.
Answer: "La Bamba" --> LAMB, BAA "La Bamba" --> LAMB, BAA
Winner: Joe Lewis of Portland, Maine.
Next week's challenge: Easter is coming up next Sunday. Here's an Easter-related challenge from Jim Levering of San Antonio, Texas. Name a small but well-known U.S. city, followed by its two-letter state postal abbreviation. This string of letters, reading from left to right, spells two consecutive words that name distinctive characteristics of bunnies. What city is it?
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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 29 at 3 p.m. ET.