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Sunday Puzzle: A Piece Of Cake

Sunday Puzzle

Sunday Puzzle


On-air challenge: Every answer is a word or name in which the second syllable sounds like the letter “K.” The syllable is always accented, and there’s at least one syllable after it.

Example: Flowering tree that grows in warm climates —> ACACIA

1. Time off from work when you travel somewhere

2. Mount Etna or Mount St. Helens

3. 17-year locust

4. Distracting from real life, as fantasy novels

5. A place

6. One’s profession

7. Irish dramatist Se├ín

8. National park along the coast of Maine

9. Kind of map projection

10. Dirty tricks, sleight of hand

11. Lacking the skill to do something

12. Occurring naturally on a 24-hour cycle

Last week’s challenge: Name a country. Remove its last letter. The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell a word that means “country” in that country’s main language. What country is it?

Challenge answer: SPAIN —> PAIS (which means “country” in Spanish)

Winner: Ryan Saunders of Washington, D.C.

This week’s challenge: Think of a word for a deceitful person. Move the middle letter to the end and you’ll get another word for a deceitful person. What words are these?

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, April 18 at 3 p.m. ET.

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