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Any Questions #443: "Crossword Clues No. 3"

Mar 20, 2020

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel do a show based on an event that has since been canceled, but they have fun anyway!

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BRACKET BUSTER. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a campus official and a famous playwright’s last name. What are the words?

On-air questions: OK, Ian: this weekend I will once again be attending the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, Connecticut. This year is the 43rd edition of the competition, which has been directed by New York Times crossword editor and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster Will Shortz for all 43 years. To commemorate the 43rd ACPT, I've brought some crossword clues. I'll give you three clues that have appeared in the New York Times crossword and you tell me what word they have all clued. As a hint, each correct answer will be a six-letter word beginning with P, as in "puzzle."

1. Worker with a wheel / Peter Rabbit's creator / Literary orphan adopted by the Dursleys
2. Nation / Its first issue featured Mia Farrow on the cover / 1964 Streisand song
3. Luggage carrier / Pub serving / "Anything Goes" composer
4. One who hopes to succeed? / Figure in many a fairy tale / "Raspberry Beret" singer
5. Beast that Apollo slew / Popular programming language / Monty ___

Extra credit
1. Moon of Saturn / Holden's younger sister in "The Catcher in the Rye" / "Friends" friend
2. "M*A*S*H" role / Barbara Bush's maiden name / Signer of the Kansas-Nebraska Act

This week's challenge
Start with the words PIGEON and PARROT. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell the eight-letter name of a profession associated with the number zero and a four-letter word for a sound that person might hear a lot during their workday. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Potter
2. Porter
3. People
4. Prince
5. Python

Extra credit
1. Phoebe
2. Pierce