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Starting with 'Pa'

NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz quizzes one of our listeners, and has a challenge for everyone at home.

Challenge from June 12:

From Marek Penszko, from Warsaw, Poland: If the word, finite is represented by the number 5910, what six-letter word is represented by, 0930? Here's a hint: There are only two common six-letter words in English that have this unusual property.

Answer: ZENITH

Winner: Rick Brenner of Boston, Mass.

Challenge from June 19:

Take the made-up phrase, Garage Bag. The first, fifth and ninth letters are the same: G. The second, fourth, and eighth letters are the same: A. Can you name a well-known geographical location that has the same pattern? Two words, six and three letters respectively, in which the first, fifth and ninth letters are the same... and the second, fourth and eighth letters are the same. What geographical place is it?

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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).