Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.
Challenge from Oct. 1 and Oct. 8: The special two-week challenge was called "Chained Sentences." The object was to write a sentence, or other bit of writing in which the last two letters of each word are the first two letters of the next. Entries were judged on meaning, naturalness of syntax, originality and overall elegance. Longer sentences are more elegant than the shorter ones, but only if they make sense and read smoothly.
Winner: Jean Cloe of West Valley City, Utah.
Winning Sentence: Emma made delectable lemonade. Despite terrible lemons.
Challenge from Oct. 15: From listener Michael Halpern of West Newton, Massachusetts: Name a well-known 20th century political figure, now deceased, with a two-syllable last name. The word spelled by the first syllable is a synonym of the word spelled by the second syllable backward. Who is this famous person?