Sunday Puzzle: Seeing Double
On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some six-letter words. For each one add the same letter of the alphabet twice — without rearranging any of the other letters — to make a common eight-letter word.
Ex. STURDY — A --> SATURDAY
1. RESENT — C
2. COLLIE — D
3. LATISH — F
4. SEATED — H
5. FESTER — I
6. ASSORT — P
7. WANGLE — R
8. MALLET — S
9. HEDGER — A
10. REARED — P
11. TREBLE — U (hyphenated)
Last week's challenge: A tough one from listener Joe Becker, of Palo Alto, Calif. The "zh" sound can be spelled in many different ways in English — like the "s" in MEASURE; like the "g" in BEIGE; like the "z" in AZURE; like the "j" in MAHARAJAH; and like the "x" in LUXURY as some people pronounce it. The "zh" sound can also be spelled as a "t" in one instance. We know of only one common word this is true of, not counting its derivatives. What word is it?
Challenge answer: Equation
Winner: Yossi Berkowitz of Beachfield, OH
This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Mark Isaak, of Sunnyvale, Calif. Think of part of the human body whose name is a compound word (like fingertip or toenail). Add an N and rearrange the result to get another part of the body whose name is also a compound word. What body parts are these?
If you know the answer to the challenge, submit it here by Thursday, May 11th 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.
Produced by Lennon Sherburne contributed to this story
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