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Sunday Puzzle: States in rhyme

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

Last week's challenge: It's a riddle from Greg Van Mechelen, of Berkeley, Calif. How old was Reverend Spooner when he found happiness?

Challenge answer: Fifty-nine (which, when spoonerized, is nifty + fine)

This week's winner: Harriet Bicksler of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a two-word rhyming phrase that starts with the name of a U.S. city.

Ex. Alternatives to paper clips in Florida --> NAPLES STAPLES
1. Strip of breakfast meat in Georgia
2. Home for a king or queen in Texas
3. Overhead part of a room in West Virginia
4. Doing the rumba or waltz in Michigan
5. A lucky one has four leaves in Delaware
6. Shaggy family dog in North Carolina
7. Marriage ceremony in Pennsylvania
8. Goods carried on a ship in North Dakota
9. Side of a road in Colorado
10. Coverings for holes in clothing in Mississippi
11. A metric unit in Hawaii
12. Place where planes land in Connecticut

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from Joseph Young, of St. Cloud, Minn., who is a frequent contributor here. Name a well-known fictional character in two words. Remove two letters from the first word in the name. The result is the plural form of the second word. What character is this?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, July 7 at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners who submit correct answers 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).