One Word To Rule Them All, And In The Puzzle Bind Them

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On-air challenge: Three words that start with the same letter will be presented in a group. Find a word that shares the same first letter as the three, and that can follow each word within the group to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. Example: "big," "broad," "boy"; the answer would be "band" to get "big band," "broadband" and "boy band."

Last week's challenge: The challenge comes from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif. Split pea soup is something that might be found on a menu at a diner. The phrase contains each of the five vowels — A, E, I, O and U — exactly once. Name something else that might be served in a diner — also three words, consisting of three, six and eight letters, respectively — that contains each of the six vowels (A, E, I, O, U and Y) exactly once.

Answer: Hot turkey sandwich

Winner: Gerard Jugant of Pasadena, Calif.

Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener Louis Sargent of Portland, Ore. Name a well-known American company. Insert a W somewhere inside the name, and you'll get two consecutive titles of popular TV shows of the past. What are they?

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