Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Link NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Matt Pallai of Denver, Colo.
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Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Link

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Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Link

Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Link

Sunday Puzzle: The Missing Link

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Think of a word that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The last letter of my first word will start your answer, and the last letter of your answer will start the second word.

Example: Landing ____ Ratio --> GEAR (landing gear, gear ratio)

1. Bus ____ Payment

2. Ranch ____ Drill

3. Wedding ____ Tag

4. Sewer ____ Trap

5. Magic ____ Tack

6. Crossing ____ Dog

7. Lens ____ Dating

8. Figure ____ Track

9. Carrot ____ Priority

10. Guilt ____ Planner

11. Chess ____ Theory

12. Foot ____ Cone

13. Private ____ Exam

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Mark Oshin of Portland, Oregon. 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?

Answer: Mail slot --> maillots

Winner: Matt Pallai from Denver, Colo.

Next week's challenge: This is Part 1 of a two-week challenge. You'll need to solve both parts before you send in your answer. So hold your answer for now.

These four words have a very interesting and unusual property in common. What is it?

NEANDERTHAL

EMBARRASS

SATURATION

CONTEMPTUOUSNESS

You will need the second part of the two-week challenge before you can submit an answer to this puzzle. Tune in next Sunday or head to the Sunday Puzzle page on npr.org, Aug. 12, to hear the second clue for this challenge.