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Word Challenge
Take an adjective which describes people in the winter time. Add a single letter to the beginning of the word to make the summertime opposite meaning.

From the Acknowledgement Department: I have to thank my student, CG for helping me discover this puzzle during our last class.

One of my own weekly joys is listening to New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz on Sunday morning. He does a 5-minute segment on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which I occasionally catch live but mostly on podcast. The highlight of my 2011 summer listening: solving his weekly challenge TWICE before the show ended.

As you know, some people love puzzling over little challenges like the one posed above. Others shrug their shoulders right away and ask for the answer. If you’re one of the former types, keep puzzling. It’ll come to you. If you want to see the solution to this challenge right away, go to the bottom of this page.

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In winter, people are untanned.

Adding an S makes the word (and those same people) suntanned in the summer time.



Alan Headbloom