NPR Sunday Puzzles: Sound It Out & Categories First


I: On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word or name that sounds like it starts with two spoken letters of the alphabet.Example: Wanting what other people have –> ENVIOUS (N-V-ous)

1. Place for camels to drink
2. Capital of Austria
3. Try to equal or excel
4. Boredom
5. 9 x 9
6. Activity of secret agents
7. One involved in trickery
[Each of the last answers starts with three spoken letters of the alphabet]
8. Following orders
9. Online travel agency that competes with Travelocity
10. [Fill in the blank:] “___, my dear Watson”

II: On-air challenge:  Today, I’ve brought a game of Categories based on the word FIRST. For each category I give, name something in it starting with each of the letters F-I-R-S-T. Any answer that works is OK, and you can give the answers in any order.

Example: If the category were “Girl’s Names,” you might say Flo, Iris, Rosa, Sarah and Teresa.

1. State capitals

2. Parts of the human body

3. Terms in mathematics

4. Appliances you plug in

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