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Sunday Puzzle: A E I O Have U Found the Vowel?

Sunday Puzzle
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Sunday Puzzle

On air challenge: I'm going to give you some six-letter words. For each one change one consonant to a vowel to make another common, uncapitalized word. Which consonant you change is for you to discover.

Ex. DEFECT --> DEFEAT

1. STARCH

2. DENTAL

3. PRISON

4. THRONG

5. WRIGHT

6. GRANGE

7. PHONEY

8. CASING (two answers)

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener David Rosen, of Bethesda, Md. Name a food dish in 10 letters. The last syllable consists of a consonant and a vowel. Change that syllable to a single consonant sound and you'll name another popular food item, in two words. What foods are these?

Challenge answer: Fettucini --> Feta Cheese

Winner: Julie Gunn of Hudson, Michigan

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes 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?

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to this week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, Jan. 26at 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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Ayesha Rascoe is a White House correspondent for NPR. She is currently covering her third presidential administration. Rascoe's White House coverage has included a number of high profile foreign trips, including President Trump's 2019 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, and President Obama's final NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. As a part of the White House team, she's also a regular on the NPR Politics Podcast.
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).