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Sunday Puzzle: City Shuffle

Sunday Puzzle
Sunday Puzzle

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a major foreign city that is not the capital of its country. I'll give you anagrams. You name the cities.

Example: EDSEL, England --> Leeds
1. ROCK, Ireland
2. AVENGE, Switzerland
3. GOALS, Nigeria
4. REDDENS, Germany
5. PLANES, Italy
6. DRAMAS, India
7. ONLY, France
8. NEW PART, Belgium
9. VALIANCE, Spain
10. APROPOS, Japan

Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Barbara Weinstein, of Lincoln, Mass. Think of a famous living person in the entertainment field whose first name is a bird. The person's last name is a quality of this bird — something its feathers have. Who's the famous person, and what's the bird?

Challenge answer: Martin Sheen

Winner: Jeffrey Bateman, Mesa, Ariz.

This week's challenge: This is a spinoff of today's on-air puzzle. Think of a major city in France whose name is an anagram of a major city in Italy. Each city has more than 100,000 people.

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you by Thursday, August 20, at 3 p.m. ET.

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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).