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Sunday Puzzle: Animal additions

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On air challenge: If you add two letters to GOAT and rearrange the result, you get another animal, AGOUTI — a tropical rodent. I'm going to name some other animals. For each one add two letters and scramble to name another animal.
1. BEAR + D & G
2. SEAL + E & W
3. COLT + E & O
4. COBRA + I & U
5. ANGORA + K & O
6. PEAHEN + L & T
7. MALLARD + I & O

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge came from listener (and New York Times crossword contributor) Peter Collins, of Ann Arbor, Mich. Take a word that's in the name of several tourist attractions in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Rearrange the letters in that word to spell the names of two other nations' capitals. What are they?

Challenge answer: Memorial -> Rome, Lima

Winner: Bern Krafsig of Northborough, Mass.

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Samuel Mace, of Smyrna, Del. Name a fruit in one word. Drop the last two letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name two other fruits. What are they?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to this week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, Feb. 2 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).