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NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 23, 2021): In a Quandary

Q: Think of an eight-letter word in which the third and sixth letters are “A.” Remove the A’s. The remaining six letters start a common series. What is it? And what comes next in that series?

Edit: I was in a quandary because the reminder that I post at the top of the comments each week has the word directly. Do I change the word? Or do I just leave it as is?

A: “standard”, remove the A’s and you have “st nd rd” which is part of the series of ordinals (1st, 2nd, 3rd, …) so the next item in the series is “th” (4th)

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