Sunday Puzzle: It's All About The Categories NPR's Asma Khalid plays the puzzle with puzzle master Will Shortz and this week's winner Paula Kroeker from Foothills, Alberta, Canada.

Sunday Puzzle: It's All About The Categories

Sunday Puzzle: It's All About The Categories

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some categories in two words. You name something in each category starting with each initial in the category. Any answer that works is fine.
Example: Zoo Animals --> Zebra, Aardvark
1. Family Members
2. European Volcanoes
3. Road Signs
4. Seven Dwarfs
5. Circus Acts
6. Bakery Products
7. College Majors

Last week's challenge: Name a famous actress (8,6). Change the next-to-last letter of her first name to an S. Then reverse the order of the last three letters, and you'll name a famous ruler. The actress's last name is an anagram of where you would find this ruler. Who is the actress and the ruler?

Challenge answer: Charlize Theron --> Charles I, throne

Winner: Paula Kroeker from Foothills, Alberta, Canada

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from Mike Reiss, who's been a show-runner, writer, and producer for The Simpsons. He's also a screenwriter and children's author. Think of a two-word phrase you might see on a laptop computer menu. Remove five letters. What remains, in order, is a three-word phrase you might see on a restaurant menu. What phrases are these?

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If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you.