On-air challenge: This week's puzzle is called "High C's." Every answer is a word or name with the accented syllable "see" (in any spelling) somewhere inside it.
Example: Neighborhood in Los Angeles next to Sherman Oaks --> ENCINO
1. Place in ancient Rome where gladiators fought
2. Pill used in medical tests that has no medical effect
3. Resident of Nashville or Memphis
4. The noun that a pronoun refers back to
5. Like some hairlines and tides
6. Classic Notre Dame football coach Ara
7. Establishment in Las Vegas or Monte Carlo
8. Fashion designer Oleg
9. Baseball Hall-of-Fame pitcher Mike
10. Public building for concerts and lectures
11. Not meant to be taken seriously, as a comment
12. Part of a theater stage in front of the curtain
13. Player who's the target of a football pass
Last week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass. Think of a common two-word phrase, in 9 letters, naming something that makes it easy to get money. Rearrange its letters to spell another common two-word phrase naming something that makes it hard to get money. What phrases are these?
Challenger answer: Debit card, bad credit
Winner: David Herbst of Inverness, Calif.
This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Andy Blau, a a magician who performs under the name Zoltan the Adequate. He describes the word BEVY as "alphabetically balanced." That is, the first letter, B, is second from the start of the alphabet, and the last letter, Y, is second from the end of the alphabet. Similarly, E and V are each fifth from the ends of the alphabet. Can you think of a six-letter word related to magic that is similarly balanced?
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