On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word, name, or familiar phrase in which the only consonants are D and N — repeated as often as necessary. All the other letters are vowels.
Example: Had a fancy meal —> DINED
1. Poet John who wrote “No man is an island”
2. The Hoosier State
3. Cul-de-sac (2 words)
4. Signaled at an auction
5. Any of the celebrated 1930s quintuplets
6. Movie “Crocodile ___”
7. Epic poem by Virgil
8. Brand of yogurt
9. Supplementary parts of books
10. Oblique remark about someone that casts aspersion on them
11. Verily or without a doubt
12. Relating to the lymph glands
13. Girl in the musical “Oklahoma!” (2 words)
14. “Beats me!” (2 words)
15. Interminably (3 words)
16. Like zombies
Last week’s challenge: Think of an adjective in five letters in two syllables. The first syllable phonetically sounds like a synonym of the full, five-letter word. And strangely these two words have no letters in common. What words are these?
Challenge answer: Phony, faux
Winner: Richard Friedman of Silver Spring, Md.
This week’s challenge: This week’s challenge comes from listener Dorothy Baker of Dallas. Think of a word that has five vowels — two E’s, an I, O, and U. Curiously, every vowel except the “I” is pronounced like a short “I.” And the “I” in the word is not pronounced at all. What word is it?
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, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. ET.