Sunday Puzzle: Vowel Play NPR's Renee Montagne and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Rick Peterson of East Windsor, N.J.
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Sunday Puzzle: Vowel Play

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Sunday Puzzle: Vowel Play

Sunday Puzzle: Vowel Play

Sunday Puzzle: Vowel Play

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-I sound. Change the long-I to a long-A sound and phonetically you'll get the second word in the phrase.

Example: An awful covering for the face --> VILE VEIL

1. Precipitation along a German river

2. Smart methods

3. Cornrows on a woman who's about to get married

[Note: The words in each of the following answers have two syllables:]

4. One who looks at Old Faithful

5. Turncoat who's more hackneyed

6. One who ranks authors

7. Lowland full of buffalo

8. Very powerful sailor

9. Insignificant person from Augusta

One last question ...

10. Name a U.S. president who becomes another U.S. president if you change the long-I sound to a long-A

Last week's challenge: Name two parts of the human body. Say them one out loud after the other. The result, phonetically, will name something delicious to eat, in 7 letters. What is it?

Answer: Brownie (brow + knee)

Winner: Rick Peterson from East Windsor, N.J.

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Mark Oshin of Portland, Ore. Think of a familiar two-word phrase in 8 letters — with 4 letters in each word. The first word starts with M. Move the first letter of the second word to the end and you'll get a regular 8-letter word, which, amazingly, other than the M, doesn't share any sounds with the original two-word phrase. What phrase is it?

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