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On-Air Challenge: Every answer is the name of a college or university. You must identify the schools from their anagrams. For example: "ICER." The answer: "RICE."

Last Week's Challenge from listener Ed Pegg Jr.: This was a special two-week creative challenge involving palindromes. A palindrome reads backward and forward the same. Write a palindrome that contains the name of a famous person. For example: "No, Mel Gibson is a casino's big lemon." Or "Ed, I saw Harpo Marx ram Oprah W. aside." You can use the famous person's full name or just the last name, whatever you like. The object is to write the most interesting palindrome that contains a famous person's name, past or present. Any length is fine, short or long. Palindromes will be judged on their interest, elegance and naturalness of syntax.

Answer: "Did I cite operas I'd revere? Verdi's are poetic. I did!"

Winner: Dan Duke from St. Paul, Minn.

Next Week's Challenge: Take the name of a well-known university in two words. Switch two letters in the respective words; that is, take a letter from the first word, put it in place of a letter in the second word, and put that letter where the first letter was. The result will name something you might take on a camping trip. What are the names of the university and the camping item?

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