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On-air challenge: Think of a sentence made up of two words. Each word has two syllables. The first syllable has an E long vowel sound. Change that to a long-A sound and phonetically you will get the second word of the sentence.

Example: Jewish scroll for a dog with long ears -> BEAGLE BAGEL

1. Aesop’s weak story

2. He who despises the stoves

3. What an Angel Wears in the Biggest City on the Big Island of Hawaii

4. More fashionable member of a more elegant salt or pepper holder

5. Standard feature of church spiers

The other answers work the same, except backwards. The first syllable of the first word has a long A vowel sound. Change that to a long mi and phonetically you will get the second word of the sentence.

(the first of them must be a … go to Raider Reader)

6. Oakland football player who loves books

7. Usher for half-man / half-goat creatures

8. Those who work alongside the Pontiff

9. The one who is a better welcome

Last week’s challenge: This challenge came from listener David Chapus of Rush, NY Think of a 6 letter transport on wheels. Drop the first letter. Add a new letter at the end. The result will be another means of transport of 6 letters on wheels. What means of transport are these?

Response to the challenge: Covered wagon, ox cart

Winner: Cory Sureck from Austin, Texas

The challenge of the week: Name a 13 letter profession associated with a particular 5 letter country. The letters of this country appear in order from left to right, but not consecutively, in the name of this profession. What is that?

Hint: Profession is only one word.

Submit your response

If you know the answer to next week’s challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers earn a chance to play the puzzle live. Important: include a phone number where we can reach you by Thursday, 23 May at 3 p.m. ET.