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Sunday Puzzle: Stuck In The Middle

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge:I'm going to give you some 6-letter words. Insert 2 letters in the exact center of each one to complete a common, uncapitalized 8-letter word.

Ex. ACCENT --> ACCIDENT

1. BARQUE

2. CALLUS

3. CORRAL

4. EVINCE

5. HOMAGE

6. INNATE

7. INTACT

8. OBLATE

9. PANAMA

10. ROSARY

11. STOVER

12. VANISH

Last week's challenge:What world capital becomes the informal name for a farm animal if you change its third letter?

Challenge answer:Moscow --> moo-cow

Winner:Deborah Kritzer of Coral Springs, Fla.

This week's challenge:This challenge comes from Joel Fagliano, the digital puzzles editor of The New York Times. Name a major U.S. city in 10 letters. If you have the right one, you can rearrange its letters to get two 5-letter words that are synonyms. What are they?

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, Jan. 10at 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).