Stuck In The Middle With U — Or A, Or B ...
On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some six-letter words. For each one, insert two letters in the exact center to complete a familiar eight-letter word.
For example: ACCENT --> ACCIDENT.
Last week's challenge, from listener Fred Piscop of Bellmore, N.Y.: Take these three phrases:
What very unusual property do they have in common?
Answer: In each phrase, the second word can be anagrammed to complete another common phrase:
Turkey breast --> turkey baster
Ski slope --> ski poles
Cash Drawer --> cash reward
Winner: Richard Harris of Centennial, Colo.
Next week's challenge, from listener Michael Shteyman of Odenton, Md.: Take the name of a country and a well-known city in the Middle East — 12 letters in all. Rearrange these letters to name another country and another well-known city in the Middle East. What places are these?
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 Thursday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. ET.
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