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Sunday Puzzle: Word Family Finds

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word that has somewhere inside it a common family name. I'll give you the family names and clues to the words. You tell me the words.

Ex. RICE / Muscle of the upper arm --> TRICEPS
1. LANE / Earth or Mars
2. MARTIN / Hurting, as from a sting
3. HINES / Imitation diamond in costume jewelry
4. PARK / To glitter, as jewelry
5. COOPER / Refusing to help, as in an investigation
6. LOWE / Opposite of a leader
7. AUSTIN / Making tired
8. CHANG / Hevenly being of a very high rank
9. ELLIS / Infernal
10. ROMAN / To oversee every single detail of

Last week's challenge: Name a U.S. state capital for which the name of another well-known U.S. city is an antonym. The second city has a population of more than 100,000.

Challenge answer: Little Rock (Ark.) --> Boulder (Colo.)

Winner: Susan Gilmore of West Hartford, Conn.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Michele Vaillancourt, of St. Paul, Minn. Name a famous living person — first and last names. If you drop the last letter of the first name, you get an element on the periodic table. And if you drop the last letter of the last name, you get the chemical symbol of another element. What celebrity is this?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to this week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, Jan. 12 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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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).

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