Keep Calm As A Clam

By Will Shortz

June 23, 2013

On-air challenge: Every answer is a two-word phrase in which both words start with C and are anagrams of each other. For example, "tranquil sea creature" would be "calm clam."

Last week's challenge from listener Eric Timar of Falls Church, Va.: Write down these five words: "mate," "peck," "miss," "pot" and "blunder." There is something very unusual they have in common. What is it? And, can you name one other word with the same property?

Answer: Bag (bad, beg, big, bog, bug) or last (last, lest, list, lost, lust)

Winner: Martha Herrick of Greenville, Maine

Next week's challenge: Write down these five words: "aide," "heart," "tough," "gelatin" and "emanate." There is something very unusual they have in common. What is it? And what's another word with this property?

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 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Listen to this story

Audio Player


AudioPlayer.setup("media/flash/audio-player.swf", { width: 335, initialvolume: 100, transparentpagebg: "yes", animation: "yes", buffer: 5 }); AudioPlayer.embed("audioplayer_1", { soundFile: "http://pd.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/wesun/2013/06/20130623_wesun_07.mp3?orgId=1&topicId=1052&aggIds=4473090&ft=3&f=194666735", titles: "Keep Calm As A Clam", autostart: "no" });











New WVPE Shirt
New WVPE Thermos