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Sunday Puzzle: Can you guess the body part with these clues?

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: This week's challenge was inspired by my puzzle-making friends at SolvingFun.com. Each answer is a word made from a part of the body, with an extra letter at the end. For example, if I gave you the clue "Polish, like an apple or a shoe" the answer would be SHINE, which is SHIN plus the letter E.

  1. Branch of the military
  2. Fencing move
  3. One of America's original thirteen
  4. Asian country
  5. Children's building block
  6. Actress Lisa, from The Cosby Show and A Different World
  7. Short upright piano

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from listener Anjali Tripathi of Los Angeles, California.

Take the last name of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Remove the middle three letters and duplicate the last two letters to get the first name of a different Nobel Peace Prize winner. What are those two names? Again, take a Nobel Peace Prize winners last name, remove the middle three letters and duplicate the last two letters, get the first name of another Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Challenge answer: Nelson MANDELA, MALALA Yousafzai

Winner: Thom Gillis of Livonia, Michigan

This week's challenge: Take a body part, add a letter at beginning and end to get another body part, then add another letter at beginning and end to get something designed to affect that body part.

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to the challenge, submit it here by Thursday, March 14th at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners whose answers are selected win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: include a phone number where we can reach you.

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- David West of Hayesville North Carolina.

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- David Kosub of Silver Spring, Maryland

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- Kenny Lao of Venice Beach, California

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Corrected: March 9, 2024 at 10:00 PM MST
A previous version of the challenge answer misspelled Malala Yousafzai's first name. Also, a previous version of this week's challenge mistakenly began by saying to: "Take a body part, and a letter at beginning and end." The correct directions are: "Take a body part, add a letter at beginning and end."
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).
Greg Pliska