Sunday Puzzle: Make Me A Star NPR's Renee Montagne and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play this week's puzzle with Bill Makosey of East Lansing, Mich.
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Sunday Puzzle: Make Me A Star

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Sunday Puzzle: Make Me A Star

Sunday Puzzle: Make Me A Star

Sunday Puzzle: Make Me A Star

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two 4-letter words. The first word can be found in consecutive letters inside the first name of a famous person (past or present). The second word can be found in consecutive letters inside that person's last name.

Example: POLE PART --> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

1. WILL PEAR

2. AVID TERM

3. LIVE HARD

4. WINS HILL

5. ELSE LINT

6. THAN HORN

7. ROVE ELAN

Last week's challenge: These two-word phrases have something very unusual in common. What is it? When you find it, think of another two-word phrase that has the same property.

Property rights

Land mine

Sales order

Color scheme

India ink

Challenge answer: The first three letters of the first word start the name of a state capital. The first two letters of the second word are that capital's state postal abbreviation (Providence, RI; Lansing, MI; Salem, OR; Columbia, SC; Indianapolis, IN — you may come up with a number of other answers that work.)

Winner: Bill Makosey of East Lansing, Mich.

Next week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Jim Levering of San Antonio. Think of an affliction in five letters. Shift each letter three spaces later in the alphabet — for example, A would become D, B would become E, etc. The result will be a prominent name in the Bible. Who is it?

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