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Sunday Puzzle: Time Spent In The Kitchen Might Help You Cook Up An Answer

Sunday Puzzle.
Sunday Puzzle.

On-air challenge: "S-V" are the initials of St. Valentine. They're also the initials of some other familiar two-word phrases and names. See if you can get them from the clues.

  • Center of the tech industry in California
  • Unofficial ballot conducted as a test of opinion
  • Poison from a viper
  • Saigon was its capital
  • Person selling hotdogs or gyros from a cart
  • Italian phrase meaning "said quietly so as not to be overheard"
  • Medical breakthough by Edward Jenner in 1796
  • Lettuce, carrots, radishes, etc.
  • Total amount of business for a manufacturing company
  • 20th-century jazz singer who was nicknamed "The Divine One"
  • Member of the Sex Pistols
  • Arena, for example
  • Cause of a usually short-lived illness that produces abdominal pain
  • Extremely valuable stringed instrument from Italy
  • B, in a set of encyclopedias
  • Kind of mirror on a car
  • Pull-down item that reduces glare for a driver
  • Necessary paperwork for a foreigner attending an American university
  • Last week's challenge: This challenge came from listener Peter Collins of Ann Arbor, Mich. Name a prominent figure in a fairy tale. Write this in all capital letters. Add a stroke to one letter and rearrange the result. You'll name another prominent figure in a fairy tale. What two fairy tale figures are these?

    Puzzle answer: FROG --> OGRE

    Puzzle winner: Louise Haskett of Indianapolis, Ind.

    Next week's challenge: This week's challenge is an easy one, but it's pretty. It comes from listener Michael Shteyman of Odenton, Md. Name some things commonly seen on a kitchen table. Switch the positions of the fifth and sixth letters of the word, and read the result backward. You'll name two things commonly seen in a kitchen. What are they?

    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 Thursday, Feb. 16, 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).