Sunday Puzzle: Let's Go Toe-To-Toe NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro plays with the puzzle with Weekend Edition's puzzle master Will Shortz and WBEZ listener Brian Standstrom of Chicago.
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Sunday Puzzle: Let's Go Toe-To-Toe

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Sunday Puzzle: Let's Go Toe-To-Toe

Sunday Puzzle: Let's Go Toe-To-Toe

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On-air challenge: The theme is toes. Every answer is a word or name that has the accented syllable "toe" somewhere inside it.

Example: Radioactive element --> PLUTONIUM

1. Month after September

2. Idyllic place

3. Bad breath

4. Janitor

5. Florida city with a "500" race

6. Upstate New York city famous for its mineral springs

7. Winnipeg's province

8. Country north of Latvia

9. Indonesian volcano with a massive 1883 explosion

10. The merchant in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

11. Tube-shaped pasta

12. Standard type of cell division, in biology

13. Kind of wagon in the old West

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge is not so hard. It comes from Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn. Take a common English word in three letters. Translate it into French — also three letters. (The French word is one everyone knows.) And between them these two words consist of six different vowels and no consonants. What words are these?

Challenge answer: aye, oui — also accepted: yea and oui

Winner: Brian Sandstrom of Chicago.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Greg VanMechelen of Berkeley, Calif. Think of a verb in its present and past tense forms. Drop the first letter of each word. The result will name two vehicles. What are they?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you by Thursday, June 6, at 3 p.m. ET.

Correction June 4, 2019

We previously misspelled Brian Sandstrom's last name as Standstrom.