In the on-air puzzle, you are given a word and must drop two letters so that the remaining letters, in order, spell a color or shade. For example, given "greed," the answer would be "red."
Challenge From Last Week: From listener Larisa Kuhar, of Colorado Springs, Colo.: Name a famous American novelist whose last name contains nine letters. Drop the first and last letters, and rearrange the remaining seven letters to name another famous American novelist. Who are these authors?
Answer: (Nathaniel) Hawthorne and (Edith) Wharton.
Winner: William Pahle of Chicago.
This Week's Challenge: Take the phrase, "right lane," spoonerize it — that is, switch the initial consonant sounds — and you get "light rain." Think of a familiar two-word phrase for an activity in a riding stable, spoonerize it and you'll get another familiar two-word phrase for something a stable worker handles. What are these phrases?