Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.
Challenge from Feb. 12: Take the word "lore." If you insert the letter pair "ic" twice, you get "licorice." Now take the word "horn." Add an identical letter pair three times to this word, to get a familiar two-word phrase. The phrase names something good puzzle solvers have. What is it?
Answer: Horse Sense
Winner: Judy Williams of Tucson, Arizona
Challenge from Feb. 19: From Eric Berlin of Milford, Connecticut: Think of two different words meaning desire. Add the same letter in front of each of them, and you'll get two new words, each meaning "get rid of." What words are these?