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Easy As One, Two, Three Initials

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
July 7, 2013

On-air challenge: You’re given the three-word names of famous people. For each one, you get a clue to a familiar three-word phrase or title that has the same initials as the person. Name the phrase or title. For example, singer Billy Ray Cyrus has the initials B-R-C. And B-R-C are also the initials of the phrase “Blue ribbon commission.”

Last week’s challenge from from listener Al Gori of Cozy Lake, N.J.: It involves a spoonerism, in which you reverse the initial consonant sounds in one phrase to make another phrase. For example, if you spoonerize “light rain,” you get “right lane.” Name part of a truck in two words. Spoonerize it. You’ll name something FEMA uses. What is it?

Answer: Mud flap, flood map

Winner: Gavin Cannizzaro of Norman, Okla.

Next week’s challenge: Rearrange the letters of INDIA + BELARUS to name two other countries. 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 at 3 p.m. Eastern. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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