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Sunday Puzzle: Lost Arts

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: This puzzle is called "Lost Arts." I'm going to give you clues for two words. The first word has the consecutive letters A-R-T somewhere inside it. Lose the "art," close up the remaining letters, and you'll get a new word that answers the second clue.

Example: Social events / Baked desserts --> PARTIES, PIES

1. Beginning / What bees do

2. Ancient Greek warrior / A bridge

3. Cocktail often served with an olive / Short, short skirt

4. Person who serves drinks / Drinking spree

5. Written grant of rights, as for a college / Best Actress Oscar winner for "Moonstruck"

6. Zealous supporter of one side in politics / Resident of an Italian city with a leaning tower

7. Exchanging goods without using money / Alaska's ___ Strait

8. Ravaged by military conflict (hyphenated) / Threadbare

9. Person who steals autos (2 words) / The 'C' of C.E.O.

10. Oblongs enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphs / Sofas

Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Greg VanMechelen of Berkeley, Calif. Think of a verb in its present and past tense forms. Drop the first letter of each word. The result will name two vehicles. What are they?

Challenge answer: Strike, struck --> trike, truck

Winner: Ginger Nordal of Cave Junction, Ore.

This week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Judy Grant of Chapel Hill, N.C. Think of a famous actor, first and last names, that together contain each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O, and U) exactly once. Add an M and rearrange the result to get a famous writer, also first and last names. Who are these famous people?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you by Thursday, June 13, at 3 p.m. ET.

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NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz has appeared on Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978).