Thursday, May 26, 2011

1. Can you determine the three-syllable name of a country's capital city from these clues?

Feline
Human
Hairstyle

2. How do the acronyms FLAB and SLAB relate to boxing legend Muhammad Ali?

Answers:

1. Katmandu (Nepal)
2. Float Like A Butterfly / Sting Like A Bee


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FAMOUS LINES FROM MOVIES

Can you decipher these famous movie lines from their initials? Some are slightly modified.

1. F the Y B R (Wizard of Oz)
2. G A M M D (Sudden Impact)
3. I M H an O H C R (The Godfather))
4. I C B A C (On the Waterfront))
5. F M D I D G a D (Gone With the Wind))
6. I R for my C (Sunset Boulevard)
7. E T P H
8. T I D T W in K A (Wizard of Oz)
9. H L at Y K (Casablanca)
10. M the F B W Y (Star Wars)
11. T N P L H (Wizard of Oz)
12. H W H a P (Apollo 13)
13. P I A S (Casablanca)

Answers:

1. Follow the yellow brick road.
2. Go ahead, make my day.
3. I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
4. I coulda been a contender.
5. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
6. I'm ready for my close-up.
7. E T phone home
8. Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
9. Here's looking at you, kid.
10. May the Force be with you.
11. There's no place like home.
12. Houston, we have a problem.
13. Play it again, Sam.


REBUS PUZZLE X

1)
PREIST
RBABI
MINSTER

2)
T MC
A UO
H SM
W TE

3)
QUAKERfairQUAKER

4)
HOUSE
STOVE

5)
TENGOODTIONS

6)
EwD & EdD

7)
C
GIRL

8)
AND
AND
AND
AAAAANNNNNDDDDD

9)
WE WESTAND FALL

10)
SPANDNEEDLES

Answers:

1. Clerical errors
2. What goes up must come down
3. Just between Friends
4. Home on the Range
5. Good intentions
6. Wined and dined
7. Cover girl
8. Fourth and long
9. United we stand, divided we fall.
10. Pins and needles (p in sand)

REBUS PUZZLE IX

1)
ACSPH

2)
UP DOWN
UP DOWN
UP DOWN
UP DOWN
UP DOWN

3)
SUSPICION
HE'S

4)
EHCA

5)
OF OF OF OF OF OF OF OF OF OF

6. What are you?

You ------------ 49°
Carrot ----------87°
Broccoli--------31°
Cucumber------49°
Tomato---------75°
Lettuce---------56°

7)
TRN

8)
PLANS
PLSNA
PALNS
PSALN

9)
S
EIGN

10)
EDalienEN

Answers:

1. Spinach (sp in ach)
2. Up one side and down the other
3. He's under suspicion
4. Backache
5. Oftentimes (Of ten times)
6. Cool as a cucumber
7. No U turn
8. Change of plans
9. Sovereign
10. Stranger in Paradise
1. What do the following words have in common?

NOW
PEAR
CRAM
ELF
TALE
TRAIN
LATE
HOW

2. What do the following words have in common?

BULLET
STAR
SERVICE
MEDAL
SCREEN

3. What do the following words have in common?

SLOP
BOTH
SHOT
STOP
ROTS

HINTS:
1. The same single letter will change each word into a new one.
2. "Wedding anniversary" could be added to the list.
3. Adding the same single letter to each word will yield five new words.

Answers:

1. Each word can be preceded by the letter S to make new words.
2. Each word can be preceded by SILVER.
3. Inserting a second O into each word after the first one will give the new words.


THREE RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
Three brothers who work all day and all night,
Ruling our lives in darkness and light;
They work without pay, asking nothing of us,
Serving alike the cruel and the just.

2)
A head I have, a tail as well,
But no mind or brain as I can tell;
And yet men often assign me the mission,
To randomly make the hardest decisions.

3)
My first is thick, dark, and sticky,
My second means to acquire;
My whole has nothing to do with either of these,
But when you hit it, you are pleased.

Answers:

1. The hour, minute, and second hands of a clock.
2. A coin
3. Target



LETTER EQUATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS III

144 I in a G
180 D in a T
206 B in the H B
212 D F - The B P of W
360 D in a C
365 D in a Y
366 D in a L Y
435 M of the U S H of R
500 S in a R of P
1000 M in a M
1000 G in a K
1000 Y in a M
1492 C S the O B
2000 P in a T
5280 F in a M
20,000 L U the S
64,000 D Q
93,000,000 M from the E to the S

Answers:

144 Items in a Gross
180 Degrees in a Triangle
206 Bones in the Human Body
212 Degrees Farenheit - The Boiling Point of Water
360 Degrees in a Circle
365 Days in a Year
366 Days in a Leap Year
435 Member of the U S House of Representatives
500 Sheets in a Ream of Paper
1000 Millimeters in a Meter
1000 Grams in a Kilogram
1000 Years in a Millennium
1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue
2000 Pounds in a Ton
5280 Feet in a Mile
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
64,000 Dollar Question
93,000,000 Miles from the Earth to the Sun


1. What do the following words have in common?

BUS
ALMS
FUSE
LIABLE
PRESENT
PERCUSSION

2. What do the following words have in common?

LAW
BIRTH
RESOURCE
SELECTION

3. What do the following words have in common?

CORPORAL
INSOLENT
INANE
GARISH

HINTS:
1. The same two letters can precede each word to make new words.
3. A single, but different, letter can be added to each clue to make a new word.

Answers:

1. Each word can be preceded by RE to get new words.
2. Each word can be preceded by NATURAL.
3)
CORPORAL - CORPOREAL
INSOLENT - INSOLVENT
INANE - INSANE
GARISH - GARNISH




REBUS PUZZLE VIII

1)
YEGOLDARS

2)
house
PRAIRIE

3)
KNEE
LIGHTS

4)
R/E/A/D/I/N/G

5)
ONE THE OTHER
ONE THE OTHER
ONE THE OTHER
ONE THE OTHER
ONE THE OTHER
ONE THE OTHER

6)
CCCCCCC

7)
SHE'S
REPROACH

8)
RIBBON:
Was: $6.99 for 3 feet
Now: $4.99 for 3 feet

9)
& LIGHTNING
TH

10)
ABCDEFGHIJKLM

Answers:

1. Golden years
2. Little House on the Prairie
3. Neon lights
4. Reading between the lines
5. Six of one, half-dozen of the other
6. Seven Seas
7. She's above reproach
8. Yard sale
9. Thunder and lightning
10. Atom (A to M)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1. What do the following words have in common?

BOUND
CUSTOM
DICTION
SECOND

2. What do the following words have in common?

ORES
ITCH
UTTER
AIRWAY

3. Making the same change to each word below will result in five new words:

BEND
SAGE
FLEX
WENT
EDIT

HINTS;
1. The same three letters can be added to each word.
2. The same two letters can precede each word.
3. The change involves the letter E in each word.

Answers:

1. Adding ARY to each word gives six new words.
2. ST in front of each word gives four new words.
3. Each E can be changed to A to give five new words.

FOUR RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
A hot and dry and dusty place
Becomes a sweet treat on my plate.

2)
I'm a word of meanings three,
Three ways of spelling me there be:
The first is an odor, a smell if you will,
The second some money, but not in a bill;
The third is past tense,
And describes something gone hence.

3)
Without breath or feeling,
No voice, nor ear, nor eye;
Yet when you look upon it,
It's you - to the faintest sigh.

4)
I rule the day and never go away.
I hide at night - out of sight,
When my handmaid borrows my light.

Answers:

1. Desert/dessert
2. Scent, cent, sent
3. Reflection in a mirror
4. The sun


Saturday, May 21, 2011

SIX RIDDLES

1. What do you call a giraffe's immediate family?
2. What was the lizard's favorite Beatles song?
3. The third of 26, the first of five, a watery home. Who are we?

4. It's behind you. It follows you. It can't be touched or changed. It can influence your for good or ill.

5)
Stealthily I follow,
Soundless as the moon.
I follow your every movement,
Like a puppet on strings.
The setting sun my death surely brings.

6. What can you build, cross, and play?

HINT:
2. It's not "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," but it's close.
3. The "five" are the five senses.

Answers:
1. Necks of kin
2. "Iguana Hold Your Hand"
3)
C - third letter of the alphabet
See - first of the five senses (sight)
Sea - a watery home
4. The past
5. A shadow
6. Bridge

The same letters can fill the blanks in each of the clues below such that each word is a synonym of its partner word:

Example:
EXPENDITURE: P _ _ _ _ _ / L _ _ _ _ _ : SPREAD

The answer would be:
EXPENDITURE: PAYOUT / LAYOUT: SPREAD

PLIANT: _ _ _ _ _ E / _ _ _ _ _ Y: STASH
INUNDATE: _ _ _ _ G _ / _ _ _ _ X _ : ELEGANT
CHEVRON: _ _ _ _ P _ / _ _ _ _ K _ : HIT

Answers:

SUPPLE/SUPPLY
DELUGE/DELUXE
STRIPE/STRIKE





Thursday, May 19, 2011

1. The following words have two things in common. Can you determine what they are?

POUND
PRESS
POSE
PORT

2. What do the following words have in common?

WIT
SPOKEN
RIGHT
CAST
LAW

3. What do the following words have in common?

FUND
RUST
RUSE
PINT
MIST

HINT:
3. Each word can be changed by inserting the same letter.

Answers:

1. Each word can be preceded by both EX and IM.
2. Each word can be preceded by OUT to make a new word.
3. The letter O can be inserted into each clue as the second letter to yield new words.




QUOTES V

First things first, but not necessarily in that order.
Author Unknown

Two monologues don't make a dialogue.
Author Unknown

You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
Dave Berry

I told my psychiatrist that everybody hates me. He said, "Don't be ridiculous. There are millions of people who haven't met you yet."
Rodney Dangerfield

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Honore de Balzac

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Tom Clancy

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
Gloria Steinhem




FIVE RIDDLES

1. The following numbers are related to sporting events. Can you determine the connection?

2/3/4/9/10/18

2. Gary is from Budapest. Stan is from Kabul. Where is Mark from?
3. I work on one leg and rest on three.
4. Mary had pneumonia. Mary is facetious and abstemious. What tree does she like?
5. A woman named Eve is falling off a roof even as we speak. What one word describes this situation?

Answers:
1)
2 halves in soccer
3 periods in ice hockey
4 quarters in football
9 innings in baseball
10 frames in bowling
18 holes on a golf course 

2. Mark is from Copenhagen. (Budapest, HunGARY/Kabul, AfghaniSTAN/
Copenhagen, DenMARK) 

3. A wheelbarrow
4. Sequoia (all five vowels)
5. Eavesdropping  (Eve's dropping.)
ODD MEN OUT

In each set below, there are TWO items that don't belong with the others. Which ones are they and how are they different from the other two?

1)
DODGE
FORD
LINCOLN
HOOVER

2)
YELLOW
GREEN
DEAD
BLACK

3)
KING
EARL
KNIGHT
BISHOP

Answers:

1. DODGE (not a President) - HOOVER (not a car)
2. GREEN (not a sea) - DEAD (not a color)
3. EARL (not a chess piece) - BISHOP (not a title of nobility)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

GOING MY WAY?

A man asks the pilot of a jet plane leaving Beijing, China and bound for Buenos Aires, Argentina to give him a lift. The pilot agrees. The man says, "Don't you want to know where I'm going?" The pilot answers, "It doesn't matter. It won't be out of my way at all."

Assuming the pilot can land the plane anywhere, how is this possible?

Answer:

Beijing, China and Buenos Aires, Argentina are antipodal cities. They are on opposite sides of the world from each other. The plane could fly out of Beijing in any direction to reach Buenos Aires, since the earth is a sphere.


REBUS PUZZLE VII

1)
ECNALG

2)
SERNOTVICE

3)
"Cherries - come here!"
"Apples - come here!"
"Raspberries - come here!"
"Pineapples - come here!"

4)
Yelling
Your voice

5)
Na + Cl
JU2RY

6)
IdSiHmES

7)
IGAR
CIGR
CGAR
CIGA
CIAR

8)
1 D 2 R 3 A 4 C 5 U 6 L 7 A

9)
1. Impression*****
2. Impression
3. Impression
4. Impression
5. Impression

10)
M CE
M CE
M CE

Answers:

1. Backward glance
2. Not in service
3. Forbidden fruits (Four bidden)
4. Yelling at the top of your voice
5. Adding insult to injury (in salt)
6. Diminishes
7. Close, but no cigar
8. Count Dracula
9. First impression
10. Three blind mice (no I's)
UNUSUAL WORDS  I

Words containing the consecutive letters EO:
PEONY
VIDEO
THEORY
LEOTARD
GALLEON

Words containing the consecutive letters TZ:
BLITZ
BLINTZ
DITZY
ERSATZ
PRETZEL
CHUTZPA

Words of at least five letters containing only the vowel Y:
NYMPH
MYTHS
HYMNS
GYPSY
MYRRH
RHYTHM

Two words with only vowel U:
CUMULUS
AUGUSTUS

Words with two sets of double E's:
FREEWHEELING
BEEKEEPER
SQUEEGEE
TEEPEE

Words with all five vowels in consecutive order:
FACETIOUS
ABSTEMIOUS

Shortest words with all five vowels:
SEQUOIA - 7 letters - 4 consecutive vowels
EQUATION - 8 letters
DIALOGUE
EUPHORIA

Words with four vowels in a row:
SEQUOIA
QUEUE
HAWAIIAN (five if you count W)

Words with double A:
AARON
AARDVARK
BAZAAR

Words starting with double E:
EEL
EERIE

Words with double I:
SKIING
HAWAII
RADII
TAXIING

Word starting with double L:
LLAMA

Words starting with double O:
OOZE
OOPS
OOMPH
OOMPAH
OOLONG

Words with double U:
VACUUM
CONTINUUM

Word with double H:
HITCHHIKE
FISHHOOK
WITHHOLD

Word with double V:
SAVVY

Words with double W
BOWWOW
POWWOW

Only word with three sets of consecutive double letters:
BOOKKEEPER

Words that begin with DW:
DWIGHT
DWAYNE
DWEEB
DWELL
DWARF
DWINDLE

Longest word with only one vowel:
STRENGTHS

Longest (9-letter) single-syllable words:
STRENGTHS/SCREECHED/STRETCHED/SCRATCHED/STRAIGHTS/SCRUNCHED

 Words with five S's:
ASSESSES
ASSASSINS

Only word ending in MT
DREAMT

Words that can be spelled with any vowel as second letter:
PAT
BAG
DAN
PACK
LAST
BALL
MATE
MASS







SIX RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind,
She curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter now is dead."

From "When We Were Very Young"
By A .A. Milne

2)
Often talked of, never seen,
Ever coming, never been;
Daily looked for, never here,
Always approaching, ever near.

Thousands upon my visit wait,
But, alas, such is their fate,
For though they trust I will appear,
Never, ever will I be here.

3)
Don't cry for me,
The doing's done.
From once-green pastures
Did my mother come.
If left alone, I will offend,
On that you truly can depend.

4)
I welcome you and bid you farewell,
I acknowledge you when you've done something well;
Silver and Scout I will help you to measure,
You hold me in yours when playing at leisure.

5)
I eat and breathe and move so much,
I leave you tender to the touch;
Within me lies help - or harm - for you,
But one rarely predicts what I will do.
I move around, yet have no legs,
And multiply, but lay no eggs.
My colors change as I get intense,
I bear no ill will, in my defense.

6)
My first is in ocean but not in sea,
My second in milk but not in me;
My third in there but not in throw,
My fourth in vow but not in crow;
My fifth in eight but not in night,
My last in wrong and also right.
Mt whole is praise for thoughts or men,
Or women, too, or tongue or pen.

Answers:

1. A dandelion
2. Tomorrow
3. Spilled milk
4. Hands
5. Fire
6. CLEVER



LETTER EQUATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS II

40 D of the G F
42 D on a P of D
48 S in the C U S
50 S in the U S
50 S on the A F
52 W in a Y
60 S in a M
60 M in an H
76 T L the B P
98.6 D - N B T
100 C in a M
100 Y on a F F
100 Y in a C
100 W L B
100 P in a D
100 M of the U S S
100 D C - The B P of W

Answers:

40 Days of the Great Flood
42 Dots on a Pair of Dice
48 States in the Continental United States
50 States in the United States
50 Stars on the American Flag
52 Weeks in a Year
60 Seconds in a Minute
60 Minutes in an Hour
76 Trombones Led the Big Parade
98.6 Normal Body Temperature
100 Centimeters in a Meter
100 Yards on a Football Field
100 Years in a Century
100 Watt Light Bulb
100 Pennies in a Dollar
100 Members of the United States Senate
100 Degrees Centigrade - The Boiling Point of Water



LETTER EQUATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS I

0 D C - The F P of W
13 O C
13 I in a B D
13 S on the A F
15 M of F
16 O in a P
18 H G C
18 W on a S
20 Y that R V W S
21 G S
21 D on a D
27 B R in a P G of B
28 D in F
29 D in F in a L P
30 D H S (A, J, and N)
32 T in the A H M
36 I in a Y

Answers:

0 Degrees Centigrade - The Freezing Point of Water
13 Original Colonies
13 Items in a Baker's Dozen
13 Stripes on the American Flag
15 Minutes of Fame
16 Ounces in a Pound
18 Hole Golf Course
18 Wheels on a Semi
20 Years that Rip Van Winkle Slept
21 Gun Salute
21 Dots on a Die
27 Batters Retired in a Perfect Game of Baseball
28 Days in February
29 Days in February in a Leap Year
30 Days Hath September (April, June, and November)
32 Teeth in the Adult Human Mouth
36 Inches in a Yard






1. Making the same change to each of the following words will yield six new words:

BLEND
BLOWN
GRAPE
PLATE
STEEL
PRONE

2. What do the following words have in common?

ABALONE
OVERWEIGHT
CANINE
OFTEN

HINT:
1. The change involves shortening the words.

Answers:

1. Dropping the first two letters of each word gives six new words.
2. Each word ends in a number:

abalONE / overwEIGHT / caNINE / ofTEN


Monday, May 16, 2011

SIX RIDDLES

1)
Born in Europe,
Died in Asia,
Buried in Africa.
What King Gordius
So tediously tied,
He simply severed.

2. It's as cute as a bunny, but it's not a bunny. It has two eyes, and sometimes more, but it can't see a thing.

3. What do these four clues represent?

LSN
GRG
CLRD
CLFRN

4. What is going on in the following conversation?

Daffodil: "I'll meet you at the restaurant at 7:30."
Tulip: That will be fine. See you there."

5)
What can be saved but not spent,
Lost but not found?

6)
Often derided as ugly and dumb,
Yet on one day each year
The people cheer my arrival,
Welcoming me with songs of praise,
Spreading palms before my feet.

HINT #3:
(Hint 1) The four clues are made up entirely of consonants.
(Hint 2) It has to do with geography.

Answers:
1. Alexander the Great (Born in Macedonia, Died in Babylon, Buried in Alexandria - He cut the Gordian Knot with his sword.)
2. A button
3. They are the names of four states with their vowels removed:
Louisiana
Georgia
Colorado
California
4. A flower arrangement
5. Face
6. A donkey on Palm Sunday


Sunday, May 15, 2011

SIX RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
I come in secret late at night,
You see me there at morn's first light;
I bathe the earth each day at dawn,
By noon. alas, I am long gone.

2)
Here there is no north, no west, no east;
And weather not fit for man nor beast.

3)
Large as a mountain, small as a pea;
Hurtling ever through an airless sea.

4)
It doesn't speak, though it has a voice;
It has no teeth, yet it has a bite.

5)
Five little items of an every-day sort,
You'll find us lined up in a tennis court.

6)
I stop and go 86,400 times a day,
And yet I only go one way;
I am faster than the rest,
But that doesn't make me the best.

Answers:

1. Morning dew
2. The North Pole
3. Asteroid
4. The wind
5. The five vowels
6. The second hand on a clock


REBUS PUZZLES VI

1)
TIJUSTME

2)
WE..............IGH
WH................EY
WA.................Y

3)
DNA4th

4) What does the V stand for?

graVity

5)
HIJKLMNO

6)
1. Guessing
2. Guessing *****
3. Guessing
4. Guessing
5. Guessing

7) What happened on Tuesday?

Monday: Well-behaved rabbit
Tuesday: Naughty rabbit
Wednesday: Obedient rabbit

8)
ONCE
NIDREARYGHT

9)
DEA

10)
Hedgehog
Aardvark
Badger
Impala
Tortoise

Answers:

1. Just in time
2. Parting of the ways
3. Back and fourth
4. Center of gravity
5. Water (H to O)
6. Second-guessing
7. Bad hare day
8. "Once upon a midnight dreary"
9. No idea
10. Creatures of habit  (first letters of each word)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

1. What do the following words have in common?

ACRID
CORAL
HORSE
FIRST
MORON
GRASP
TORN

2. What do the following words have in common?

BUY
CATCH
SEEK
TEACH
BRING
FIGHT
THINK

3. Other than double letters, what do the following words have in common?

HOPPING
SUPPER
TAPPED
MOPPING
POSSE

HINTS:
1. It has to do with the "R" in each word.
2. These words are all in the present tense.

Answers:

1. Removing the "R" from each word results in a new word.
2. Their past tenses rhyme.
3. Dropping one of the double letters will create a new word.
1. Can you fill in the blanks in each clue below to make three different words?

F _ _ _ ID
F _ _ _ ID
F _ _ _ ID

2. The same letters can fill the blanks in each pair of words below, adding a single letter each time.

S _ _ / T _ _
S _ _ _ / T _ _ _
S _ _ _ _ / T _ _ _ _
S _ _ _ _ _ / T _ _ _ _ _

HINTS:
1. The first missing letters are L, O, and R.
2. The first two missing letters are IN.

Answers:

1. FLORID/FORBID/FRIGID

2)
SIN / TIN
SING / SING
SINGE / TINGE
SINGLE / TINGLE



DOUBLE DUTY I

The blanks in each clue below can be filled in with a word which will complete the word starting on the left and begin the word ending on the right. The number of blanks indicates the number of letters in the missing word.

Example: Given EVER _ _ _ _ _ HORN, the missing word would be GREEN, as in everGREEN and GREENhorn.

1. DOWN _ _ _ _ OUT
2. HEAVY _ _ _ _ _ LESS
3. SAFE _ _ _ _ _ DOG
4. HOUR _ _ _ _ _ WARE
5. WATER _ _ _ _ _ READ
6. CHECK _ _ _ _ _ LESS
7. SAUCE _ _ _ CAKE
8. PAGE _ _ _ ELOPE
9. SCARE _ _ _ _ _ FEET
10. LOG _ _ _ _ WORM

HINTS:
The first letters of the missing words are:
1. F
2. W
3. G
4. G
5. P
6. P
7. P
8. A
9. C
10. B

Answers:

1. downFALLout
2. heavyWEIGHTless
3. safeGUARDdog
4. hourGLASSware
5. waterPROOFread
6. checkPOINTless
7. saucePANcake
8. pageANTelope
9. scareCROWSfeet
10. logBOOKworm

TEN RIDDLES

1. I bind it and it walks; I loose it and it stops.
2. What is given first and kept later?
3. What is the longest rope in the world?
4. What kind of nut has no shell?
5. When are eyes not eyes?
6. I left the room on two legs and returned with six.
6. If you have it, you want to share it; if you share it, you no longer have it.
7. Where can you read a whole book before finishing a sentence?
8. Why was it hard for Henry David Thoreau to leave his cabin?
9. Three eyes I have - all in a row - each of a different color.
10. When is a dog's tail not a dog's tail?

Answers:

1. A sandal
2. Your word
3. Europe
4. A doughnut
5. When an onion makes them water
6. You returned carrying a chair.
7. In prison
8. He was walled in. (Walden)
9. A traffic stoplight
10. When it's a wagon

Saturday, May 7, 2011

KANGAROO WORDS  II

A kangaroo word is one that has within its letters a synonym of itself, with the letters in the right order and reading from left to right. The hidden word is called a Joey. Can you find the Joeys in the following kangaroo words?

Example: The word APPROPRIATE contains the letters APT.

1. TRANSGRESSION
2. SUPERVISOR
3. MATCHES
4. STRIVES
5. CLUE
6. DESTRUCTION
7. POSTURES
8. SCIONS
9. CONTAMINATED
10. JUNCTION

Answers:

1. SIN
2. SUPERIOR
3. MATES
4. TRIES
5. CUE
6. RUIN
7. POSES
8. SONS
9. TAINTED
10. UNION




KANGAROO WORDS  I

A kangaroo word is one that has within its letters a synonym of itself, with the letters in the right order and reading from left to right.  The hidden synonyms are called Joeys. Can you find the Joeys in these kangaroo words?

Example: The word SATISFIED contains the letters SATED.

1. INDOLENT
2. REGULATE
3. RESPITE
4. MASCULINE
5. ROTUND
6. CURTAIL
7. SEPARATE
8. FACADE
9. OBSERVE
10. RECLINE

Answers:

1. IDLE
2. RULE
3. REST
4. MALE
5. ROUND
6. CUT
7. PART
8. FACE
9. SEE
10. LIE



MORE CHANGE A LETTER
Will Rogers, Jr. in Coronet
July, 1956

In the list below, find a synonym for the first word. Then change a letter to get a synonym for the second word. Change a letter in that word to get a synonym for the third word.

1. Declare, a fixed gaze, a trap
2. Subject, poisonous, medicinal drink
3. Bad weather, a tale, long-legged bird
4. A swarm, cowboy's best friend, domicile
5. Analyze grammatically, pouch for money, a throb
6. High river bank, bar for moving a weight, Romeo
7. Felony, sound of a bell, to reprimand
8. Selected, make the bed, for one, musical term
9. Desist, pursue, huge gap
10. To imagine, to fear, to trample
11. To vote into office, to build, to expel
12. To gamble, common liquid, a kind of cookie
13. Kind of rock, to ascend, not fresh

Answers:

1. State, stare, snare
2. Topic, toxic, tonic
3. Storm, story, stork
4. horde, horse, house
5. Parse, purse, pulse
6. Levee, lever, lover
7. Crime, chime, chide
8. Chose, chore, chord
9. Cease, chase, chasm
10. Dream, dread, tread
11. Elect, erect, eject
12. Wager, water, wafer
13. Shale, scale, stale


CHANGE A LETTER
Will Rogers, Jr. - in Coronet
July, 1956

In the list below, find a synonym for the first word. Then change a letter to get a synonym for the second word. . Change a letter in that word to get a synonym for the third word.

Example: brink, poetry, energy ----- verge, verse, verve

1. Ebony, vacant, mild
2. A feather pen, bed cover, still
3. Sufficient, Eve's fruit, put to use
4. A dozen dozen, lawn, clasp
5. Smallest amount, dog rein, type of rental
6. Money that talks, newly wed woman, salt water
7. Mixture of metals, pacify, back street
8. It goeth before a fall, cost, type of number
9. Ridiculous comedy, power, sign falsely
10. Highway hotel, cover girl, Alpine sound
11. Sun-dried brick, adore, decorate
12. Thick board, carpenter's tool, flat round dish
13. Weeds, worries, female horses

Answers:

1. Black, blank, bland
2. Quill, quilt, quiet
3. Ample, apple, apply
4. Gross, grass, grasp
5. Least, leash, lease
6. Bribe, bride, brine
7. Alloy, allay, alley
8. Pride, price, prime
9. Farce, force, forge
10. Motel, model, yodel
11. Adobe, adore, adorn
12. Plank, plane, plate
13. Tares, cares, mares
REBUS PUZZLES V

1)
DRAWER*****
DRAWER
DRAWER
DRAWER
DRAWER

2) JANOB

3) IT ALL......................GETTING

4)
WISH
STAR

5)
Breeze.....................5 cents
Gust..................... 10 cents
Gale......................15 cents
Hurricane............20 cents
Cyclone................25 cents
Tornado...............30 cents

6)
2 3 PAIR

7)
BA
MA
PhD*****

8)

C
O
N

9) NE1410S?

10) POPPD

Answers:

1. Top drawer
2. An inside job
3. Getting away from it all
4. Wish upon a star
5. Winds of change
6. Tooth repair (two three pair)
7. Third degree
8. Condescending
9. Anyone for tennis?
10. Two peas in a pod


Friday, May 6, 2011

1. What do the following words have in common?

TABLE
SING
VICE
MAD

2. What do the following words have in common?

PEN
WED
LIVE
VARY
RANGE

3. What do the following words have in common?

STEP
KICK
LIGHT
TRACK
BOARD

HINT:
1. The same two letters, added in the same place, will create new words.
2. The addition of the same letter will change each word into a new one.

Answers:

1. NO can precede each word:

NOTABLE/NOSING (around)/NOVICE/NOMAD

2. Each word can be preceded by the letter O.

3. Each word can be preceded by SIDE.

COOK, WINE, & DRINKER I

Find a rhyme for each word to get a familiar phrase.
For example:
Cook, Wine , & Drinker would be Hook, Line, & Sinker.

1. Wed, Night, & Two
2. Steak, Cattle, & Sole
3. Won, Dune, & Cars
4. Shove, Goner, & Betray
5. Wraith, Soap, & Clarity
6. Find, Field, & Shivered
7. Blast, Pheasant, & Suture
8. Tame, Bet, & Catch
9. Wife, Cork, & Ruin
10. Shop, Trip, & Lump

Answers:

1. Red, White, & Blue
2. Shake, Rattle, & Roll
3. Sun, Moon, & Stars
4. Love, Honor, & Obey
5. Faith, Hope, & Charity
6. Signed, Sealed, & Delivered
7. Past, Present, & Future
8. Game, Set, & Match
9. Knife, Fork, & Spoon
10. Hop, Skip, & Jump





LETTER EQUATIONS - ONE WORD

3 M
3 S
3 A
3 B
7 S
7 C
9 M
10 C
13 C
16 C
31 F
46 C
57 C
101 D

Answers:

3 Musketeers
3 Stooges
3 Amigos
3 Bears
7 Seas
7 Continents
9 Muses
10 Commandment
13 Colonies
16 Candles
31 Flavors
46 Chromosomes
57 Chevy
101 Dalmations


Thursday, May 5, 2011

THE SUM OF ITS PARTS IV

Fill in the blanks in the sentences below so that the first two words combine to make the third word.

Example:
The prime minister _ _ _  the meeting even though the _ _ _ _ was the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ official.
The prime minister RAN the meeting, even though the KING was the RANKING official.

1. The horses _ _ _ _ where the _ _ _ _ _ is on this trail. That _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ could save our lives.

2. _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ _ this question to encourage a broad discussion. I'm not _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ any conditions or restrictions on your comments.

3. Ignoring an injury to his _ _ _ near the _ _ _ of the game, his playing and determination became the stuff of _ _ _ _ _ _ .

4. When you _ _ _ the damage
to _ _ _ car, you're going to _ _ _ _ _ _ .

5. The perfect _ _ _ of _ _ _ arrow before it hit the bullseye indicated her potential to become a world-class _ _ _ _ _ _ .

6. I _ _ _ _ to favor this leg and lean _ _ it a lot. I injured
a _ _ _ _ _ _ last month.

7. "Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the _ _ _ , " my Dad used to say as he read in his _ _ _ . He should know. He worked as a prison _ _ _ _ _ _ .

8. My _ _ _ and I will _ _ _ our best to find the lost dog despite the _ _ _ _ _ _ reward the owner has offered.

9. "I want to talk to him _ _ _ , and I want to talk to him right _ _ _ _ . But, as usual, he's _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to be found."


Answers:

1. know/ledge - knowledge
2. I'm/posing - imposing
3. leg/end - legend
4. see/the - seethe
5. arc/her - archer
6. tend/on - tendon
7. war/den - warden
8. pal/try - paltry
9. now/here - nowhere

MIND FLEXERS X
Credit: GAMES Magazine
John Peterman (#1 - 6)

Match the items on the left with those on the right based on similar or related meanings. The relationships are disguised by the use of puns or altered spacing within words. For example, given the clue BAD SURGEON, the answer could be DROOPS (Dr. Oops). Ignore the dotted lines.

1. Female............................................ Securely in place
2. Weight gain................................................ Prototype
3. Ghostwriter..................................................... Heroes
4. Secretary......................................................... Minuet
5. Working.............................................. Metaphysician
6. Dog-ears........................................................ Vikings
7. Got introduced to a doctor............................ Ironman
8. Infirm.................................................................. Shift
9. Boatman.................................................... Seamstress
10. Six kings.................................................... Subscribe

Answers:

1. Ironman (Fe - chemical symbol for Iron)
2. Seam stress
3. Sub scribe
4. Pro to type
5. Minuet (Work in G by Bach)
6. Shift (Do gears)
7. Met a physician
8. Securely in place (In firm)
9. Heroes (He rows)
10. Vikings (VI kings)


THE A's HAVE IT
Credit: Patrice Munsel in Coronet
August, 1958

Each clue below can be answered by a word containing three or four A's and no other vowels (with the exception of one Y).

1. A street full of shops
2. Fodder useful to farmers
3. Sleepwear
4. A treeless plain
5. A steep waterfall
6. A fleet of ships
7. Indian prince
8. Seed used in breads
9. A string of cars or camels
10. New York island
11. A large, colored handkerchief
12. US southern state
13. A tropical fruit
14. Fruit enjoyed by men and monkeys
15, Central American country
16. Huge African desert
17. Snake oil promoter
18. Mountain on which Noah's Ark came to rest

Answers:

1. Bazaar
2. Alfalfa
3. Pajamas
4. Savannah
5. Cataract
6. Armada
7. Maharaja
8. Caraway
9. Caravan
10. Manhattan
11. Bandana
12. Alabama
13. Papaya
14. Banana
15. Panama
16. Sahara
17. Charlatan
18, Ararat

MOVE OVER

In each pair of words below, move a single letter from one of the words to the other to make two synonyms. Other than the letter moved, the order of the letters does not change.

1. WAR - ZONED
2. BOAST - HIP
3. OPEN - COP
4. CAVE - CURT
5. CARES - PEST
6. SALVE - SAVAGE
7. WHILED - SPURN
8. ROUTING - TIP
9. SHOT - TEAMING
10. RIGHT - BLIGHT
11. PAIN - NIL

Answers:

1. WARD - ZONE
2. BOAT - SHIP
3. PEN - COOP
4. CARVE - CUT
5. CARESS - PET
6. SAVE - SALVAGE
7. WHIRLED - SPUN
8. OUTING - TRIP
9. HOT - STEAMING
10. BRIGHT - LIGHT
11. PIN - NAIL


REBUS PUZZLES IV

1)
OR OR NULL

2)
BILLED

3)
ROCKET SCEINCE

4)
TRUNIME
TIRUNME
TIMRUNE
TIMERUN

5)
1,2,3,5, END

6)
M---E---N---T

7)
ACTION........ $100.00
TALK.....................1.00

8)
THIBOXNK

9)
INHERITOR
GGGGGGGG

10)
"FIRST LETTER OF THE ALPHABET"

Answers:

1. Double or nothing
2. Sick in bed (ill = sick)
3. Not exactly rocket science
4. Run out of time
5. Foregone conclusion
6. Apartment
7. Talk's cheap.
8. Think outside the box.
9. Air on a G string (heir)
10. Quota (Quote A)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SYNONYM MAKER II

Add a letter to the front of each word in the following paired clues to make the two words synonyms.

1. TUMBLE.................... RIP
2. ACTUAL.....................RUE
3. HATTER.....................RATTLE
4. EJECTED................... AD
5. IRE..............................HEEL
6. OUCH........................ EEL

Answers:

1. Stumble/Trip
2. Factual/True
3. Chatter/Prattle
4. Dejected/Sad
5. Tire/Wheel
6. Touch/Feel






FIVE RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
Seven times seventy plus a decade more,
In human years that's 25 score;
Every 500 years I'm engulfed in fire,
My nursery will be made from my funeral pyre.

2)
On Saturday and Sunday I'm big,
From Tuesday through Thursday I'm small;
On Monday and Friday, I don't exist at all.

3)
I share my name with every male child;
I give life to all - both the tame and the wild.

4)
I come in many shapes and colors,
Each one different from the others;
I often fall, though never rise,
Some might say I brush the skies.
When I'm gone, some find it drear,
Though, my host allowing, I'll stay all year.
In plural form a second meaning I assume,
It's a word you use when you leave the room.

5)
Made of wood or of metal composed,
You see me open, you see me closed;
Often swinging, sometimes sliding,
You must move me to see what I'm hiding.

HINT:
4. The plural form follows the "wife - wives" pattern.

Answers:
1. The Phoenix
2. The letter "S"
3. Sun/son
4. Leaf/Leaves
5. A door




To whom does the following little lyric allude?

An alliterative literary
Fictional female
Longs for the love of a
Legendary leaper and
Master of metallic manipulation.

Despite her intellectual proclivity and
Finesse for fact-finding, and oblivious to his duality,
She falls for the illusions of her elusive lover.

Meanwhile this masked man maintains his mediocrity
Until finally the lovelorn lass falls for the friendly fellow
And he is revealed as the mythic mystery man.

Answer:

Lois Lane






FOUR RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
Hopes, wishes, and wants,
Fears, tears, and taunts;
A portal to the subconscious mind,
A glimpse into how much is there to find.

2)
We're the measure of hunger, and also of power;
Four of us will bring on the final hour.
Some gain wealth on account of our speed,
Once we are broken, to man we will heed.

3)
In theory I'm always behind you,
Though I'm also around to remind you;
What could my lesson be?
Take heed, and learn from me.

4)
Around the earth I go,
I don't move fast, I don't move slow;
I have no beginning, I have to end.
See me you cannot, though where I am is often hot.

Answers:
1. A dream
2. Horses
3. The past
4. The equator

SIX RIDDLES

1)
The Queen of England has one, but doesn't use it.
Same with the Pope in Rome.
Most women have two in their lives,
Most men just one.

2)
Money above me,
The ER below me.

3)
Water surrounded by fire,
Green growth surrounded by scorched earth;
Regeneration surrounded by depletion,
A place of gathering in a place of wandering.

4)
Found in a shell, but not in the sea;
Yellow as the sun, white as snow.

5. What claps without hands?

6. What goes with a carriage, comes with a carriage, is of no use to the carriage, and yet the carriage cannot go without it?

Answers:

1. A last name
2. "4" on the computer keyboard
3. A desert oasis
4. An egg
5. Thunder
6. Noise
THE SUM OF ITS PARTS III

Fill in the blanks in the sentences below  so that the first two words combine to make the third word.

Example:
The prime minister _ _ _ the meeting even though the _ _ _ _ was the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ official.
The prime minister RAN the meeting, even thought the KING was the RANKING official.

1. Before making your _ _ _ _ , be _ _ _ _ that is what you want. It can only be changed at the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of the court.

2. He may not _ _ _ the race, but I know he'll _ _ _ his best - even on such a _ _ _ _ _ _ day.

3. We didn't _ _ _ and no one is punishing _ _ .
 It's just a _ _ _ _ _ infection!

4. The constant _ _ _ _ _ of the horses was _ _ _ _ _ _ the
 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ farmers.

5. That little _ _ _ ! He _ _ _ _ again. And this time he _ _ _ _ _ _ _ that I was involved in his mischief.

6. Meet _ _ tonight _ _ the restaurant and we'll try the barbecued _ _ _ _ sampler.

7. She's from a large family; in fact, she's one _ _ / _ _ _. They shop here _ _ _ _ _ .

8. Toward the _ _ _ of his life, Van Gogh cut off his _ _ _ . Was he trying to _ _ _ _ _ _ himself to someone?

9. Being kosher, my _ _ _ _ _ won't eat _ _ animal he thinks is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

10. That little _ _ _ found an _ _ _ _ in his grandpa. They are _ _ _ _ _ _ _ devoted to each other.

Answers:

1. plea/sure - pleasure
2. win/try - wintry
3. sin/us - sinus
4. neigh/boring - neighboring
5. imp/lied - implied
6. me/at - meat
7. of/ten - often
8. end/ear - endear
9. uncle/an - unclean
10. tot/ally - totally
Drop one letter from each of the following words and re-arrange the remaining letters to get new words. The new words are all related.

ENERGY
DOORMAN
CLEAREST
WEIGHT
VOIDING
ARCHERY
EMBARK

Answers:

After dropping the appropriate letter and re-arranging the others, you get the names of seven colors.

ENERGY - GREEN
DOORMAN - MAROON
CLEAREST - SCARLET
WEIGHT - WHITE
VOIDING - INDIGO
ARCHERY - CHERRY
EMBARK - AMBER







FIVE RHYMING RIDDLES

1)
I gathered them in the forest as they grew;
I held them in my hands and gave them to you.
But though you took and cast them on the floor,
They cling to my hands evermore.
Oh, could I but behead them, then they'd be freed,
And I would give them unto those who plead.

2)
A slippery fish in a cloudy sea;
Neither hook nor spear will capture me.
Only your hand can seize this fish,
To see that it ends up in the dish.

3)
Tell me what a dozen rubber trees,
With 30 boughs on each might be.

4)
I am valued much and arrive for free,
It takes time and money to take care of me;
My loss is mourned, especially by men,
Yet they often pay to get rid of me.

5)
With T I'm the crime
Of a country betrayed;
Alone, I'm the grounds
Of an argument made.

HINTS:
1. The answer has to do with a word that is a homograph. One meaning is a type of tree, and the other has to do with your hand.
2. It's not really a fish.
3. "Tree" is used only as a metaphor. The numbers 12 and 30 are the best clues.

Answers:

1. Palms/alms
2. Bar of soap
3. Months of the year
4. Hair
5. Treason/reason


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

REBUS PUZZLES III

1)
HAMLET
WORDS

2)
Disaster Length X Disaster Width

3)
HIT
IRON
FIRE

4)
EYEESEEEXCEPT

5)
poFISHnd
POfishND

6)
BEND
DRAW
DRAW
DRAW

7)
UNOTU

8)
MEREPEAT

9)
FLENGIES

10)
OTURNEDUT

Answers:

1. Play on words
2. Disaster area
3. Strike while the iron is hot (on fire)
4. I before E except after C
5. Big fish in a little pond/Little fish in a big pond
6. Bend over backwards
7. Not in use (u's)
8. Repeat after me
9. Mixed feelings
10. Turned inside out
MIND FLEXERS IX
Credit: GAMES Magazine
John Peterman

Match the items on the left with those on the right based on similar or related meanings. The relationships are disguised by the use of puns or altered spacing within words. For example, given the clue BABY LOTION, the answer could be TO TOIL, re-arranged to TOT OIL. Ignore the dotted lines.

1. Scarecrow................................. Floridians
2. Disappointed....................... Gold earrings
3. Sunset......................................... Approve
4. Brandish........................................... Fired
5. Generation.............................. Not in style
6. Nerd cheer........................................ Traits
7. Outlook.......................................... Sundial
8. Past tense...................................... Postman
9. Old-timer...................................... Relieved
10. Took...................................... Cereal bowl
11. Au pair.................................... Square root

Answers:

1. Post man
2. Fired (Dis-appointed)
3. Floridians (Sun set)
4. Cereal bowl (Bran dish)
5. Traits (Gene ration)
6. Square root
7. Not in style (Out look)
8. Relieved
9. Sundial (Old timer)
10. Approve (To OK)
11. Gold earrings (Au is the chemical symbol for gold)

SECOND GUESSING VIII
Credit: GAMES Magazine - Oct. 2004
Stephen Sniderman

Each definition in the left-hand column has two legitimate answers that fit into the partially filled-in answer on the right.

1. Firm........................................................ ST _ _ DY
2. Place of worship................................... CH _ _ _ _
3. Meal....................................................... _ _ _ N _ _
4. Huge beast, briefly.............................. _ _ _ _ O
5. Rude....................................................... I _ _ _ _ ENT
6. Inhabitant............................................. _ _ _ IZEN
7. Watchdog's warning............................ _ _ _ _ L
8. Currency unit....................................... _ _ _ O
9. Very populous nation......................... _ _ _ _ A
10. Thud, boom, bang, etc...................... _ O _ _ _
11. Widespread........................................ _ _ _ DEMIC
12. Part of the year................................. AU _  U _ _
13. Barnyard bird................................... _ _ _ _ _ E _

Answers:

1. Steady/Sturdy
2. Church/Chapel
3. Dinner/Brunch
4. Hippo/Rhino
5. Impudent/Insolent
6. Citizen/Denizen
7. Growl/Snarl
8. Peso/Euro
9. China/India
10. Sound/Noise
11. Epidemic/Pandemic
12. Autumn/August
13. Chicken/Rooster


MIRROR IMAGES IV
(Based on an idea from GAMES Magazine)

Answer the first clue in each pair with two words which, when read aloud in reverse order, will answer the second clue. Answers will include homophones and homogaphs.

Example:
Kiss a young lady....................................... BUSS a MISS
Arrive at the depot too late..........................MISS a BUS

1)
See if the postman has come
Send in a payment

2)
Get safely past a certain point
Corner a seabird

3)
Old expression for a whipping
Cover yourself after a day in the sun

4)
Hold a stone in your hand
Get a baby to sleep

5)
Official sanction
Marine animal agrees with you

6)
Discover the trail
Put gold nuggets on a scale

7)
Submit a request to your insurance
Retrieve a borrowed grating tool

8)
Guard a prison unit
Offer a timepiece at a price

9)
Estate auction
Seasickness

10)
What a hunter does
What a fisherman does

11)
Where you'd find a Philadelphia scholar
Where you'd find a Philadelphia criminal

Answers:

1. Check the mail/Mail the check
2. Turn the corner/Corner the tern
3. Tan your hide/Hide your tan
4. Cradle a rock/Rock a cradle
5. Seal of approval/Approval of a seal
6. Find the way/Weigh the find
7. File a claim/Claim a file
8. Watch a cell/Sell a watch
9. Sale of effects/Effects of a sail
10. Lies and waits/Waits and lies
11. Penn State/State pen





MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL IV
Credit: GAMES Magazine
Stephen Sniderman (adapted)

EPICLEAVE looks like a nonsense word, but if you see it as epicLEAVE, and change LEAVE to ENTER, you get epicENTER (EPICENTER), a perfectly good word. In each clue below, a real word is hidden in the nonsense word. Find that word and trade it for its opposite to make a new word. UNDERSIT?

1. PASTOPDA
2. BONICE
3. CARTWTOE
4. MIMILAUGH
5. EYESUGH
6. SCONUT
7. COUNTERONER
8. VERMFIRELLI
9. PLOWERWORTHY
10. COTHEMIN

Answers:

1. PAGODA
2. BONFIRE
3. CARTWHEEL
4. MIMICRY
5. ENOUGH
6. SPROUT
7. COUNTEROFFER
8. VERMICELLI
9. PRAISEWORTHY
10. COUSIN
LETTER EQUATIONS 10 and 12

10 P S in G ...................... (A) Perfect Score in Gymnastics

10 A in the B of R
10 E in the D
10 J Q K A - a S in P
10 Y in a D
10 C
10 Y for a F D in F

12 N on a C ......................................... Numbers on a Clock

12 M in a Y
12 D of C
12 E in a D
12 D in a G
12 M of a J
12 I in a F
12 L of H
12 S of the Z
12 T of I

Answers:

Ten:
Amendments in the Bill of Rights
Events in the Decathlon
Jack Queen King Ace - a Straight in Poker
Years in a Decade
Commandments
Yards for a First Down in Football

Twelve:
Months in a Year
Days of Christmas
Eggs in a Dozen
Dozen in a Gross
Members of a Jury
Inches in a Foot
Labors of Hercules
Signs of the Zodiac 
Tribes of Israel