Will Shortz http://tspr.org en Take A Ride On The Plural Side http://tspr.org/post/take-ride-plural-side <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be provided. The first is for a brand name that ends in the letter S and sounds like it's plural. Change the first letter to spell a new word that is plural and answers the second clue. Example: tennis shoes, places to sleep; the answer would be Keds and beds.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> This challenge came from listener Ben Kaufman of Portland, Ore. Think of a popular TV show about cooking — a show everyone has heard of. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 56879 at http://tspr.org Take A Ride On The Plural Side A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes http://tspr.org/post/puzzle-ch-ch-changes <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Today's puzzle is called "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes." Every answer is a word starting with the letters "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has five letters. Move the middle letter to the end to name another famous actress of the past. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Will Shortz 56481 at http://tspr.org A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line http://tspr.org/post/if-you-cut-middle-go-end-line <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end of the word to get the second answer. Example: A weapon that's thrown; a tire in the trunk. Answer: spear/spare<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> The challenge came from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324333349/oh-you-know-the-answer">created a previous challenge</a>. Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Will Shortz 56067 at http://tspr.org If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line The Missing Link http://tspr.org/post/missing-link <strong>On-air challenge:</strong> For each set of three words, find a word that can precede each one to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word in each set will name an animal. Example: turtle, spring, office. The answer would be box — box turtle, box spring, box office.<p><strong>Last week's challenge:</strong> Think of a 10-letter adjective describing certain institutions. Drop three letters from this word, and the remaining seven letters, reading left to right, will name an institution described by this adjective. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Will Shortz 55710 at http://tspr.org The Missing Link Read Between The Letters http://tspr.org/post/read-between-letters <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Every answer is a five-letter word. You will be given a clue for the word. Besides describing the answer, the clue will also contain the answer in consecutive letters. For example, given "It's n<strong>ear th</strong>e planet Mars," you would say, "Earth."<p><strong>Last week's challenge Mike Reiss, a writer for The Simpsons: </strong>Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Will Shortz 52618 at http://tspr.org Read Between The Letters