Sunday Puzzle: Fame Game NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro plays the puzzle with The New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and this week's winner: Trudy Nixon of Nashville, Tenn.
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Sunday Puzzle: Fame Game

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Sunday Puzzle: Fame Game

Sunday Puzzle: Fame Game

Sunday Puzzle: Fame Game

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On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a famous person with only one name — either because they literally had only one name or because they chose to go by one name in show business. I'll give you anagrams. You name the people.

Example: BORON minus R: Singer -->BONO (lead singer for U2)
1. PERCH - P: Singer/actress
2. YEARN - R: Singer
3. SLEEP - S: Soccer player
5. OPERAS - R: Writer of fables
9. CUPULAR - C: Drag queen/TV personality
10. PORCINE - O: Singer/musician
11. IMMENSE - S: Rapper
12. MONOLOGS - G: King
13. ERGONOMIC - C: Indian chief
14. BRACELIKE - K: Pianist

Last week's challenge: Think of a common greeting in another country. You can rearrange its letters to get the capital of a country that neighbors the country where this greeting is commonly spoken. What greeting is it?

Challenge answer: Ni hao --> Hanoi

Winner: Trudy Nixon of Nashville, Tenn.

This week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn., who conducts the blog "Puzzleria." Think of a familiar three-word phrase with "and" in the middle ("___ and ___"). Move the first letter of the third word to the start of the first word, and you'll form two means of transportation. What are they?

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