News and Music Discovery
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Two Syllables for 'U'

Puzzle master Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.

Challenge from Jan. 1: From Ed Pegg, Jr., who runs the Web site Mathpuzzle.com: The numbers 2, 4, 6, and 30, are the first four numbers whose names lack the letter "E". What is the 23rd number whose name lacks an "E"?

Answer: 2006.

Winner: Mitch Berman of Witchita, Kansas.

Challenge from Jan. 8: Name an American Indian tribe. Somewhere inside this name, phonetically, is a kind of tree. Remove this tree, close up the remaining letters, and the remainder, phonetically, will name another kind of tree. What Indian tribe is this... and what are the trees?

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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).