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As it turns out, Oprah has a very popular name for crossword puzzlers because it starts with a vowel. "Just in the last 10 years, I think the Times crossword has used your name about 30 times," Will says. "My favorite clue that I've ever used for your name in The New York Times crossword is 'show of compassion.'"

Merl and Will even designed a special scrambler just for Oprah! Built in the shape of an 'O,' most of the clues are about Oprah and all 21 years of her show.

Some of the clues—like "Sophie's mom"—are easy; but as the puzzle goes on, they get more difficult. For example, who is Oprah's most frequent celebrity guest? You get five letters... And what are the two words (in three letters) that Oprah hasn't said?

Take the Oprah crossword challenge for yourself! PDF

"Oh, this is fun!" Oprah says.
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Published on February 01, 2007

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