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Sunday Puzzle: True or False

Sunday Puzzle
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Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is sort of a true/false test. Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials T- F-.

Ex. Rest for a few minutes --> TAKE FIVE

1. The I.R.S.'s 1040, for example

2. Like an 800-number telephone call

3. Basketball infraction involving unsportsmanlike behavior

4. Variant of a sport in which tackling isn't allowed

5. African insect that causes sleeping sickness

6. Who's said to leave money under a pillow for a child

7. Legal entity in which assets are set aside for a loved one

8. Two-pronged device to help musicians determine pitch

9. Idaho city on the Snake River

10. Former "S.N.L." comedian who created "30 Rock"

11. Where the action is on a stock exchange

12. Amount that a cabbie charges

13. What "Tempus fugit" means in English

14. Our current year, Two thousand ___

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from listener Steve Baggish, of Arlington, Mass. Name certain weapons. Remove the middle four letters. The remaining letters, spelled backward, describe what these weapons do.

Challenge answer: bayonets --> stab

Winner: Alan Christensen of Shoreline, Wash.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Warren Bergmann, of Neenah, Wis. Think of a word for a person who helps you. Copy the last three letters and repeat them at the front, and you'll get a new, longer word that names a person who hurts you. What words are these?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to the challenge, submit it here by Thursday, January 18th 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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Will Shortz
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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