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Sunday Puzzle: From Canton To Scranton, You Need To Know Your U.S. Cities

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a well-known U.S. city in 7 letters. I'm going to give you a word or phrase that contains those letters in left-to-right order, but not consecutively. You name the city.

Ex. INTERVENTION (New Jersey) --> Trenton

1. LANDSCAPING (Michigan)
2. METAMORPHOSIS (Tennessee)
3. CHEMICAL GROUP (Illinois)
4. GROUNDSWELL (New Mexico)
8. ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT (North Carolina)
11. BODYBUILDER (Colorado)

Last week's challenge: Last week's challenge came from listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass. Take the brand name of a product that's usually consumed in the morning. Drop the first two letters and read the remaining letters backward. You'll get a word associated with the evening. What is the brand, and what's the word?

Puzzle answer: SOIREE

Puzzle winner: Jospeh Young of St. Cloud, Minn.

Next week's challenge: A spin-off of the on-air puzzle. Name a creature in 9 letters. It has two words in its name. Drop the consecutive letters -UR, and the result will name a major U.S. city in 7 letters. What is it?

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. The deadline is Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Will Shortz
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).