Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Letter NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Tom Roberts of Narragansett, R.I.

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Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Letter

# Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Letter

#### Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Letter

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Insert the same letter in each of them to complete two things in the same category.

Example: Shots Skit --> Shorts, Skirt

1. FIE SEEN
2. MONEY SUNK
3. ETHER PALMS
4. BARE ALLEY
5. PARS SOFA
6. CURING WRESTING
7. MONTAGE CAPLET

Last week's challenge: The word PANCAKE has an unusual property. If you remove its last letter, you get a series of U.S. state postal abbreviations — PA, NC, and AK. Can you name a major city and state that both have this property? To solve this, first think of a state in which you can drop its last letter to leave a series of state postal abbreviations. Then find a major city in that state that also has this property. The city and state names have to be different. What city and state is it?

Challenge answer: Orlando, Florida (OR, LA, ND; FL, OR, ID)

Winner: Tom Roberts of Narragansett, RI.

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from Sandy Weisz of Chicago, who's also attending the National Puzzlers' League convention in Milwaukee this weekend. Name a famous person from Chicago — first and last names. The last name ends in an E. Change the E to an I and rearrange the letters in just the last name to get a famous actor — whose first name is the same as the first person's. Who are these people?