Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle NPR's Leila Fadel and puzzle master Will Shortz play this week's puzzle with Deborah Kritzer of Coral Springs, Fla.
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Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle

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Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle

Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle

Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some 6-letter words. Insert 2 letters in the exact center of each one to complete a common, uncapitalized 8-letter word.

Ex. ACCENT --> ACCIDENT

1. BARQUE

2. CALLUS

3. CORRAL

4. EVINCE

5. HOMAGE

6. INNATE

7. INTACT

8. OBLATE

9. PANAMA

10. ROSARY

11. STOVER

12. VANISH

Last week's challenge: What world capital becomes the informal name for a farm animal if you change its third letter?

Challenge answer: Moscow --> moo-cow

Winner: Deborah Kritzer of Coral Springs, Fla.

This week's challenge: This challenge comes from Joel Fagliano, the digital puzzles editor of The New York Times. Name a major U.S. city in 10 letters. If you have the right one, you can rearrange its letters to get two 5-letter words that are synonyms. What are they?

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