On-air challenge: This week’s puzzle is called “Big Mo’.” Every answer is a word or name in which the second syllable is an accented “mo.”
Example: Absorption process —> OSMOSIS
1. Love or hate
2. Japanese robe
3. Home of Pago-Pago
4. Stuffed Indian pastry
5. Cocktail often served at brunch
6. Unable to move
9. Prestigious college in Claremont, Calif.
10. Reduction in rank
12. Former name for Taiwan
13. Popular anti-diarrhea product
In the last answers, it’s the third syllable that’s an accented “mo”:
15. Train engine
17. Formal statement in support of someone’s qualifications
18. Chip dip made with avocados
Last week’s challenge: On my trip to Europe two weeks ago I visited a friend in Amsterdam, Peter Ritmeester, who literally has a puzzle on his doormat. Before you walk into his apartment, there’s an original puzzle for you to solve. I was able to do it. See if you can:
What number comes next in this series: 1 2 4 8 16 23 28 ??
Challenge answer: 38 (Each number in the series is the sum of the digits in the previous number + that number; thus, 2 + 8 + 28 = 38)
Winner: Marilyn Rogers of Austin
This week’s challenge: Think of a well-known food brand. Add the letters W-O-W. Then rearrange the result to name another well-known food brand. What 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, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. ET.