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Sunday Puzzle: Television Scramble

Sunday Puzzle
NPR

On-air Challenge: Every answer today is the name of a TV series past or present. Two consecutive letters in each title have been changed into one letter to spell a new word or phrase. You change one letter back into two to name the series.

Ex. CHESS --> CHEERS

1. FRONDS

2. FULL HOUR

3. NIGHT COAT

4. FRAMER

5. THE WAGONS

6. BATON

7. SOUTH PAW

8. DOCTOR NO

9. LEAKING BAD

Last week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Al Gori, of Oak Ridge, N.J. Name a famous city in 10 letters that contains an "S." Drop the "S." Then assign the remaining nine letters their standard value in the alphabet — A = 1, B= 2, C = 3, etc. The total value of the nine letters is only 25. What city is it?

Challenge answer: Addis Ababa

Winner: Patty Docker-Ford

This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Matthew Leal of San Francisco. Write down the name of a country plus its capital, one after the other. Hidden in consecutive letters inside this is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Name the country, capital, and film.

Submit Your Answer

If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here by Thursday, June 10, at 3 p.m. ET. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you.

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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).