Chapter 1: Scramblers

Knocking at Your Door

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

— Sir Winston Churchill

Hard Work

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

— Thomas Edison

The Good Life

“Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth.”

— Mark Twain

Fairness

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Elementary

“When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Wise Words

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Indebted

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

— Ancient Indian Proverb

Motivation

“The reward for a thing well done is to have done it.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Friend

“I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Come to Me

“Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Countries

  • NICARAGUA

  • LIECHTENSTEIN

  • DENMARK

  • CANADA

  • AFGHANISTAN

Birds

  • MOCKINGBIRD

  • SPARROW

  • ORIOLE

  • PARAKEET

  • CARDINAL

Kitchen Items

  • CUPBOARD

  • BLENDER

  • REFRIGERATOR

  • STOVE

  • OVEN

Vegetables

  • ARTICHOKE

  • BROCCOLI

  • ASPARAGUS

  • RADISH

  • SPINACH

Airplane

  • ENGINE

  • WING

  • COCKPIT

  • TAIL

  • PILOT

Insects

  • BUTTERFLY

  • DRAGONFLY

  • LADYBUG

  • GRASSHOPPER

  • MOSQUITO

Sports

  • BOXING

  • WRESTLING

  • CRICKET

  • BOWLING

  • VOLLEYBALL

Gems

  • EMERALD

  • OPAL

  • GARNET

  • SAPPHIRE

  • TURQUOISE

Condiments

  • SALT

  • CATSUP

  • MARGARINE

  • MUSTARD

  • HORSERADISH

Dances

  • TWIST

  • WALTZ

  • HUSTLE

  • LIMBO

  • MERENGUE

To Your Health

AN-APPLE-A-DAY-KEEPS-THE-DOCTOR-AWAY.

How Much?

THE-BEST-THINGS-IN-LIFE-ARE-FREE.

Precious

A-MIND-IS-A-TERRIBLE-THING-TO-WASTE.

Missing You

ABSENCE-MAKES-THE-HEART-GROW-FONDER.

Picky

MANY-ARE-CALLED-BUT-FEW-ARE-CHOSEN.

Look Inside

YOU-CAN't-JUDGE-A-BOOK-BY-ITS-COVER.

Heartbreaker

BET TER-TO-HAVE- LOVED-AND-LOST-THAN-NEVER-TO-HAVE-LOVED-AT-ALL.

Meow

WHEN-THE-CAT's-AWAY-THE-MICE-WILL-PLAY.

Golden

DO-UNTO-OTHERS-AS-YOU-WOULD-HAVE-THEM-DO-UNTO-YOU.

Imagine That

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

— Walt Disney

Age

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”

— John Barrymore

Good Morning

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Empty

“One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.”

— Socrates

Be Nice

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

— Aesop

Order

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

— Emerson

Happiness

“Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.”

— George Orwell

Highways and Byways

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

— Robert Frost

Deception

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Glow

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Chapter 2: Anagrams

Country Singers

  • Johnny Cash

  • Merle Haggard

  • Dolly Parton

  • Garth Brooks

  • Patsy Cline

Baseball Players

  • Babe Ruth

  • Satchel Paige

  • Reggie Jackson

  • Joe DiMaggio

  • Mickey Mantle

Jazz Musicians

  • Count Basie

  • Dave Brubeck

  • Wynton Marsalis

  • Charlie Parker

  • Louis Armstrong

Football Coaches

  • Tom Landry

  • Vince Lombardi

  • Joe Paterno

  • Don Shula

  • Knute Rockne

Fashion World

  • Georgio Armani

  • Calvin Klein

  • Ann Taylor

  • Tommy Hilfiger

  • Liz Claibourne

Astronauts

  • Sally Ride

  • Neil Armstrong

  • Gus Grissom

  • Alan Shepard

  • Buzz Aldrin

Boxers

  • Muhammad Ali

  • Jack Dempsey

  • George Foreman

  • Mike Tyson

  • Jake LaMotta

Scientists

  • Albert Einstein

  • Stephen Hawking

  • Charles Darwin

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • Isaac Newton

Quarterbacks

  • Roger Staubach

  • Bob Griese

  • Joe Montana

  • Fran Tarkenton

  • Joe Namath

Western Movie Stars

  • Clint Eastwood

  • Roy Rogers

  • John Wayne

  • Chuck Connors

  • Gene Autry

Comedians

  • Billy Crystal

  • Jay Leno

  • Jerry Seinfeld

  • Robin Williams

  • Steve Martin

Mountains

  • Mount Shasta

  • Pikes Peak

  • Mount Everest

  • Matterhorn

  • Grand Teton

Hoosier Cities

  • Evansville

  • Indianapolis

  • Bloomington

  • Lafayette

  • Fort Wayne

Asian Countries

  • Vietnam

  • Thailand

  • South Korea

  • Malaysia

  • Nepal

Lakes

  • Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Superior

  • Great Salt Lake

  • Lake Erie

  • Lake Ontario

California Cities

  • Sacramento

  • Los Angeles

  • San Francisco

  • San Jose

  • San Diego

Islands

  • Greenland

  • Molokai

  • Sumatra

  • Galapagos

  • Martha's Vineyard

Canadian Cities

  • Toronto

  • Montreal

  • Vancouver

  • Calgary

  • Winnipeg

European Countries

  • Germany

  • Spain

  • Austria

  • Switzerland

  • Poland

Space

  • Mars

  • Saturn

  • Uranus

  • Neptune

  • Earth

New England

  • Massachusetts

  • Connecticut

  • Maine

  • New Hampshire

  • Rhode Island

Universities

  • Purdue

  • Notre Dame

  • Georgetown

  • Stanford

  • Penn State

Texas Cities

  • Dallas

  • Houston

  • Austin

  • San Antonio

  • El Paso

Politics

  • The senator was found guilty of TREASON.

  • The VOTERS strove to impeach him.

  • We should devote all of our efforts to getting this bill VETOED.

  • Sometimes the HOLIEST politicians can end up being the most hostile.

Rent

  • She was one of the tannest TENANTS in the apartment.

  • “Each unit comes with DRAPES,” rasped the landlord.

  • Don't worsen the situation by telling the OWNERS.

  • The house was RENTED with legal tender.

  • One more caveat: You must VACATE on thirty days' notice.

Toddlers

  • Do not despair, your little one will not wear DIAPERS forever!

  • The toddler used MANILA paper to make a toy animal.

  • The little slugger GURGLES every time he hits the ball.

Insects

  • The HORNET stung the king while he sat on his throne.

  • The unnamed insect was a rather MUNDANE example of a centipede.

  • The slug sensed DANGER in the garden.

  • The boater used BORATE to remove the roaches from his yacht.

Art

  • The GALLERY was largely responsible for the artist's success.

  • The sculptor's popularity soared when the critic said that she ADORES him.

  • Daniel NAILED the blue ribbon right onto the artwork.

Food

  • The GREASE in the food agrees with him.

  • A pointer for your diet: Eat more PROTEIN.

  • He was hired as a TASTER of the bakery's treats.

Work

  • The labor is TEDIOUS but he enjoys being outside.

  • The workers are tearing GRANITE out of the hill.

  • Andrew works as a WARDEN.

  • The fireman GLANCED back at the station when the bell clanged.

  • The SALESMEN who lost the accounts shall remain nameless.

High Seas

  • Even the BLUEST water has a subtle hue of green.

  • The airman was out of place in the MARINA.

  • He was hoarse from shouting at all of the people who went ASHORE.

  • He paddled across the ocean in a CANOE.

  • The REEF was kept free of trash.

School Rules

  • A CHEATER will be disciplined by the teacher.

  • Never assume that your chatting AMUSES the teacher.

  • PLEASE do not fall asleep during my lecture.

  • The grader of the exam will have little REGARD for incomplete answers.

Construction

  • The property has been zoned for a DOZEN buildings.

  • As a general rule, you will not be able to ENLARGE your house.

  • The hardest part was when they TRASHED the building site.

  • He was always dreaming of a mansion but built a MIDRANGE house.

Writing

  • He braved his teacher's wrath and used an ADVERB instead of an adjective.

  • There is nothing dopier than using a PERIOD in the middle of a sentence.

  • She was editing a manuscript about DIETING.

  • The caveman wrote about the battle on his TABLET.

Family Ties

  • She MARRIED her secret admirer.

  • The settler wrote LETTERS back to his family.

  • Remember when our MOTHERS used to smother us with kisses?

Farm

  • Gosh, there are a lot of HOGS on a farm!

  • Many of the framers of the constitutionwere also FARMERS.

  • The thirsty HORSE wandered down to the shore.

Chapter 3: What's In a Name?

Gary Player

agar, area, earl, gala, gale, gape, gear, gray, gyre, leap, lyre, page, pale, pare, peal, pear, play, plea, pray, prey, pyre, rage, rape, rare, real, reap, rear, rely, year, yelp

Quincy Jones

cine, coin, cone, cons, cues, eons, ices, icon, inns, ions, jinn, joey, join, joys, neon, nice, nine, none, nose, nosy, noun, nuns, once, ones, onus, sine, sync, yens

Burl Ives

bier, bile, blue, blur, brie, burs, evil, isle, leis, lies, lieu, live, lube, lure, revs, ribs, rile, rise, rive, rube, rubs, rues, rule, ruse, sire, slue, slur, suer, sure, urbs, user, veil, verb, vibe, vier, vies, vile, vise

James Dean

amen, ands, dame, damn, dams, dean, deem, dens, ease, ends, jade, jams, jean, made, mane, mans, mead, mean, mend, mesa, nada, name, need, same, sand, sane, seam, seed, seem, seen, send

Lena Horne

aero, alee, aloe, anon, earl, earn, hale, halo, hare, heal, hear, heel, here, hero, hoar, hoer, hole, hone, horn, lane, lean, leer, loan, lone, lore, near, neon, noel, nona, none, oral, real, reel, roan, role

Helen Hayes

alee, ales, ashy, ayes, ease, easy, eels, else, eyes, hale, hash, hays, heal, heel, hens, lane, lash, lays, lean, leas, lees, lens, leys, nays, sale, sane, seal, seen, shah, shay, slay, yeah, yeas, yens

W. C. Fields

clef, deli, dews, dice, dies, disc, feds, file, fled, flew, iced, ices, ides, idle, isle, leis, lewd, lice, lids, lied, lies, life, self, side, sled, slew, slid, weds, weld, wide, wife, wild, wile, wise

Greta Garbo

abet, aero, agar, agog, area, bare, bate, bear, beat, berg, beta, boar, boat, bore, brag, brat, ergo, gaga, gage, garb, gate, gear, goat, gore, grab, grog, ogre, rage, rare, rate, rear, roar, robe, rote, tare, taro, tear, toga, tore

Jerry Lewis

eels, else, errs, ewer, ewes, eyes, ires, isle, jeer, leer, lees, leis, leys, lies, lyre, reel, rely, rile, rise, ryes, seer, sere, sire, slew, were, wile, wily, wire, wiry, wise, yews

Bear Bryant

abet, ante, area, arty, babe, baby, bane, barb, bare, barn, bate, bean, bear, beat, bent, beta, bran, brat, bray, byte, earn, nary, near, neat, rant, rare, rate, rear, rent, tare, tear, tern, tray, yarn, year

Clark Gable

aback, abler, alack, algae, bagel, baker, baler, barge, black, blare, bleak, blear, brace, brake, break, cabal, caber, cable, cager, clear, clerk, creak, gable, glace, glare, grace, label, lacer, lager, large, legal, regal

Evelyn Waugh

angel, angle, eagle, elegy, gavel, glean, gluey, halve, haven, heave, heavy, hyena, laugh, leave, lunge, navel, newel, newly, ulnae, vague, value, vegan, venal, venue, wanly, weave, whale, wheal, wheel

Lauren Bacall

abler, arena, aural, baler, banal, blare, blear, bluer, brace, cabal, caber, cable, calla, canal, clean, clear, crane, cruel, label, lacer, lance, learn, lucre, lunar, renal, ruble, ulcer, ulnae, ulnar, uncle, urban

Lionel Richie

cello, cheer, chili, chill, chino, choir, chore, clone, creel, crone, hello, hence, heron, ichor, icier, ionic, leech, liner, loner, nicer, niche, niece, ocher, ochre, oiler, oriel, recon, relic, rhino

Richard Pryor

acidy, acrid, aphid, ardor, carry, chair, chard, chary, chirp, choir, chord, dairy, diary, hairy, hardy, harpy, harry, hoard, hoary, hydra, hydro, hyoid, ichor, parch, parry, poach, porch, prior, radio, rapid, roach

Jimmy Connors

coins, coons, corns, corny, crony, croon, icons, irons, irony, jimmy, joins, micro, minor, moons, moony, moors, morns, moron, noisy, noons, norms, onion, rooms, roomy, rosin, scion, scorn, scrim, sonic, sonny

John Gielgud

deign, dinge, dingo, dogie, doing, dough, ghoul, glide, glued, going, gouge, guide, guild, guile, hinge, holed, honed, hound, jingo, joule, judge, lined, lingo, lodge, luged, lunge, neigh, nudge, nudie, ogled, oiled, olden, oldie, unled

Alice Walker

alack, alike, awake, aware, calla, clear, clerk, crawl, creak, creek, ileac, ileal, krill, lacer, liker, lilac, relic, waker, wrack, wreak, wreck

Bob Marley

abbey, abler, amber, amble, baler, balmy, belay, beryl, blame, blare, blear, bream, early, labor, lamer, layer, loamy, lobby, maybe, mayor, mealy, molar, moral, moray, realm, relay, royal

Willie Nelson

liens, linen, lines, lions, loins, lolls, neons, newel, nines, noels, noise, sinew, swell, swill, swine, wells, wiles, wills, wines, winos

Tanya Tucker

acuter, arcane, attack, attune, canary, canker, canter, cranky, creaky, curate, cutter, karate, nature, nectar, racket, rattan, recant, retack, tacker, tanker, tantra, tartan, tauter, trance, treaty, truant, tucker, turkey, tyrant, untack

Gore Vidal

derail, dialer, dialog, drivel, galore, gilder, girdle, glared, glider, gloved, glover, goaled, goalie, golder, graved, gravel, gravid, grovel, loader, lodger, ordeal, railed, redial, relaid, reload, roadie, roiled, varied, vialed, voider

Fran Tarkenton

arrant, atoner, errant, errata, fanner, fatten, fatter, karate, nonfat, notate, ornate, rafter, ranker, ranter, rattan, ratter, retorn, retort, rotate, rotten, rotter, tanker, tanner, tantra, tartan, tartar, tarter, tenant

Lionel Richie

choler, cloner, coheir, cohere, coiler, coiner, collie, creole, echoer, encore, enrich, enroll, herein, hereon, heroic, heroin, holier, holler, ironic, lecher, lichen, oilier, recoil, recoin, reline, richen

George Burns

begone, boners, borers, brogue, bugger, bungee, burger, burner, burros, eggers, enrobe, ensure, genres, goners, gorger, gorges, gouger, gouges, greens, grouse, grunge, nurser, rebore, reborn, reruns, resorb, rogues, rouges, rouser, snorer, sourer, suborn, surger, unrobe

Boris Becker

bicker, bikers, borers, briber, bribes, bricks, briers, broker, cobber, corers, corker, creeks, criers, kebobs, recork, resorb, ribber, ribose, ricers, risker, robber, rocker, rosier, scorer, scribe, sicker, sirree, sobber, soiree

Gale Sayers

agrees, argyle, eagles, easels, egress, erases, gasser, geyser, glares, glassy, grassy, grease, greasy, lagers, larges, lasers, layers, leaser, leases, legers, lesser, regale, relays, resale, resays, reseal, sagely, salary, sayers, sealer, serges, slayer

Bill Moyers

beryls, biller, biomes, blimey, boiler, broils, embryo, isomer, libels, limber, limbos, limeys, lories, milers, miller, misery, mobile, morsel, oilers, oriels, rebill, reboil, reoils, ribose, rosily, slimly, smelly, smiler, smiley, solely, somber, sombre, sorely, symbol

Gerald R. Ford

adored, adorer, dodger, fedora, flared, foaled, fodder, folded, folder, forage, forded, forged, forger, galore, glared, goaded, goaled, golder, golfed, golfer, graded, grader, ladder, larded, larder, larger, loaded, loader, loafed, loafer, lodged, lodger, lorded, ordeal, refold, regard, reload, roared, roarer

Ray Charles

archer, arches, archly, arrays, carrel, chaser, cherry, clears, creasy, halers, lacers, lasher, layers, leachy, racers, rarely, rascal, rasher, rashly, relays, sacral, salary, scaler, scarer, sclera, search, sharer, sherry, slayer

John Coltrane

another, cajoler, cartoon, central, channel, chanter, charnel, cheroot, cholera, chorale, chortle, connote, control, coolant, coronal, coronet, enactor, enchant, ethanol, lantern, loather, locater, locator

James Earl Jones

areolas, areoles, armless, arsenal, earless, enamels, enamors, leaners, leasers, loaners, measles, moaners, morsels, nemeses, oarless, oarsman, oarsmen, ransoms, reasons, release, reloans, renames, resales, reseals, resoles, salmons, sealers, senoras, senores, sermons

Ted Williams

dailies, dallies, delimit, details, dilates, dillies, dimwits, distill, elitism, laities, liaised, limited, mallets, malteds, medials, mildest, mildews, millets, misdate, misdeal, misdial, misedit, mislaid, mislead, sallied, sawmill, stalled, stilled, swilled, tallied, tallies, twilled, wallets, wildest, wiliest, willies

Bryant Gumbel

albumen, augment, blarney, blunter, bramble, brambly, bugbear, bum-bler, bungler, butlery, buyable, gambler, gambrel, garment, gaunter, gauntly, granule, greatly, grumble, grumbly, mangler, mutable, mutably, nebular, neutral, numeral, tangler, trembly, tumbler, tunable, umbrage

Charlie Parker

airpark, apelike, caliper, caperer, carrier, charier, cheaper, cheapie, chirper, clearer, earache, earlier, hackler, harelip, harrier, heckler, leakier, pea-like, percale, perkier, piercer, pricker, prickle, railcar, reacher, replace, replica, replier, reprice

Rod Serling

dineros, dingers, dingoes, droners, eroding, gilders, girders, girdler, girdles, gliders, gloried, glories, godlier, grinder, groined, ignored, ignorer, ignores, ironers, legions, lingers, lingoes, lodgers, lording, lorries, redoing, regilds, regions, regrind, ringers, rosined, singled, slinger, soldier, solider

Carole King

aligner, angelic, calking, calorie, clanger, clangor, clarion, clinger, clinker, coaling, coinage, congeal, corkage, corking, corneal, crinkle, glacier, glancer, grackle, lacking, lankier, larking, leaking, linkage, lockage, locking, oarlike, organic, racking, realign, rocking

Loretta Young

gaunter, gauntly, gloater, glutton, granule, greatly, languor, lottery, lounger, negator, neutral, orangey, oregano, outearn, outrage, outrate, rootlet, tangelo, tangler, taunter, tourney, urology, utterly, younger

Andrew Greeley

angered, dangler, deanery, delayer, derange, drawler, eagerly, enlarge, enraged, eyewear, general, gleaned, gleaner, gnarled, grander, grandly, greened, greener, greenly, grenade, layered, learned, learner, leeward, needler, ragweed, redrawn, regaled, regaler, regrade, relayed, relearn, reneged, reneger, renewal, renewed, renewer, wagered, wagerer, wangled, wangler, wrangle, yearned, yearner

Arthur Godfrey

doughty, drafter, draught, drought, farther, foraged, forager, forayed, forayer, forgery, fraught, frothed, further, garrote, grafted, grafter, grouted, grouter, guarder, gyrated, gyrator, hoarder, hydrate, outdare, outdrag, outhear, outrage, outread, readout, redraft, regraft, roguery, roughed, rougher, toughed, tougher, tragedy, trudger, urethra

Raymond Chandler

alderman, anchored, calendar, chandler, charlady, clamored, clamorer, claymore, colander, cornmeal, crayoned, daydream, deaconry, dormancy, handmade, handyman, handymen, hardcore, headland, heraldry, homeland, manacled, mannerly, modernly, monarchy, normalcy, ordnance, ranchero, ranchman, ranchmen, randomly, romanced, romancer

Eric Dickerson

censored, codeines, coercers, coincide, conceder, concedes, consider, cornered, corniced, cornices, decision, decriers, deerskin, derision, derricks, drinkers, encoders, endorser, nickered, reckoned, reckoner, recocked, recoined, recorked, rednecks, rescored, seconder, sickened, sickener, sincerer

Gabriel García Márquez

acquirer, amicable, arguable, beguiler, biracial, blearier, blurrier, calamari, carriage, cerebral, cerebrum, craggier, creamier, crumbier, embracer, equalize, grimacer, grumbler, imbecile, limberer, lumberer, marriage, quagmire, qualmier, quarrier, queazier, realizer, reburial, requirer, ruralize

Thelonious Monk

emotions, emulsion, hookiest, hooknose, hotlines, hulkiest, hunk-iest, huntsmen, insolent, knothole, lookouts, looniest, menthols, mentions, methinks, moleskin, monolith, monotone, moonlets, moonlike, neoliths, noontime, oilstone, outlines, outlooks, outshine, outshone, outsmile, outsmoke, sinkhole, smoothen, smoothie, solution, toilsome, tokenism, unloosen

Alistair Cooke

articles, calories, cloister, colorist, cortisol, costlier, elicitor, isolator, larkiest, locaters, locators, oarlocks, oatcakes, recitals, rockiest, sicklier, silicate, societal, stalkier, stickier, stickler, stockier, tacklers, ticklers, trickles

Alec Guinness

agencies, agenesis, assignee, caginess, classing, cleaning, cleanses, encasing, enlacing, eugenics, euglenas, geniuses, glassine, incenses, issuance, laciness, leanings, leanness, leasings, legacies, licenses, lineages, lunacies, niceness, nuclease, nuisance, salience, sanguine, silences, ugliness, uncasing, unlacing, unseeing, unslings

Oscar Robertson

aborters, ancestor, arrestor, assertor, assorter, baroness, baronets, boasters, boosters, cabooses, cartoons, coarsens, coarsest, coasters, consorts, coronate, coroners, coronets, creators, crooners, crossbar, enactors, reactors, reassort, roasters, roosters, scooters, scorners, senators, snorters, treasons

Abner Doubleday

abounded, adorable, adorably, bearable, bearably, bedaubed, beddable, belauded, bendable, bondable, bone-yard, boundary, burdened, burnable, drabbled, duodenal, laboured, oleander, readable, readably, redouble, redubbed, reloaded, reloaned, unbarbed, unbeared, underlay, undoable, unleaded, unloaded, unloader, urbanely

Greg Louganis

aligners, arousing, ganglier, gargling, gasolier, gasoline, gearings, gigglers, granules, greasing, grousing, grueling, gurgling, laggings, languors, leaguing, leggings, loggings, loungers, nigglers, realigns, regaling, regional, regluing, resoling, seagoing, signaler, singular, slangier, slogging, slugging, snaggier, sugaring

Steve Martin anisette, emirates, emitters, entreats, estimate, interest, matinees, meatiest, minarets, mistreat, naivetes, nerviest, nitrates, raiments, reinvest, steamier, straiten, teamster, teariest, teatimes, termites, trainees, transmit, treaties, treatise, varmints, vestment, veterans

Chapter 4: The Meaning of Names

Male Singers

John Denver

Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey

Ice-T

Tracy Marrow

Elton John

Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Sting

Gordon Sumner

Female Singers

Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan Anderson

Tina Turner

Anna Mae Bullock

Patsy Cline

Virginia Patterson Hensley

Billy Holiday

Eleanora Fagan

Dusty Springfield

Mary Isobel Catherine O'Brien

Actors

Alan Alda

Alphonso D'Abruzzo

Martin Sheen

Ramon Estevez

George Burns

Nathan Birnbaum

Gary Cooper

Frank James

Tom Cruise

Thomas Mapother IV

Actresses

Judy Garland

Frances Gumm

Mary Pickford

Gladys Smith

Marilyn Monroe

Norma Jean Baker

Ellen Burstyn

Edna Gilhooley

Rita Hayworth

Margarita Cansino

Sports

Ahmad Rashad

Bobby Moore

Rocky Marciano

Rocco Francis Marchegiano

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.

Hulk Hogan

Terry Gene Bollea

Johnny Bench

Johnny Lee

Pen Names

Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Dr. Seuss

Theodore Geisel

Anthony Burgess

John Wilson

Groups of Birds

Penguins

A colony

Quail

A bevy

Buzzards

A wake

Eagles

A convocation

Larks

An exaltation

Groups of Mammals

Lions

A pride

Oxen

A yoke

Apes

A shrewdness

Ferrets

A business

Hyenas

A clan

Groups of Insects

Flies

A business

Locusts

A plague

Grasshoppers

A cloud

Cockroaches

An intrusion

Ants

A colony

Animal Adjectives

Ass

Asinine

Bee

Apian

Bird

Avian

Bull

Taurine

Cat

Feline

Female Names

Deer

Doe

Ferret

Hob

Donkey

Jenny

Elephant

Cow

Lobster

Hen

Male Names

Pigeon

Cock

Bison

Bull

Horse

Stallion

Pig

Boar

Turkey

Gobbler

Offspring

Moose

Calf

Cougar

Kitten

Goat

Kid

Kangaroo

Joey

Ostrich

Chick

To Your Health

Dermatophobia

Fear of skin disease

Cardiophobia

Fear of heart disease

Pathophobia

Fear of disease

Iatrophobia

Fear of going to the doctor

Emetophobia

Fear of vomiting

Insects and Animals

Arachnophobia

Fear of spiders

Ichthyophobia

Fear of fish

Ornithophobia

Fear of birds

Herpetophobia

Fear of reptiles

Apiophobia

Fear of bees

Don't Go Outside

Aerophobia

Fear of fresh air

Lunaphobia

Fear of the moon

Noctiphobia

Fear of the night

Limnophobia

Fear of lakes

Chinophobia

Fear of snow

Other People

Androphobia

Fear of men

Venustraphobia

Fear of beautiful women

Pedophobia

Fear or dislike of children

Harpaxophobia

Fear of robbers

Ochlophobia

Fear of crowds

Objects

Crystallophobia

Fear of glass

Bacillophobia

Fear of missiles

Bibliophobia

Fear of books

Cyberphobia

Fear of computers

Mechanophobia

Fear of machinery

Latin Names for Trees

Populus grandidentata Bigtooth aspen

Ulmus rubra

Red elm

Acer rubrum

Red maple

Acer saccharum

Sugar maple

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern red cedar

Medical Names for Body Parts

Popliteal

Hollow in back of knee

Hallux

Big toe

Sclera

White of eye

Vomer

Slender bone between nostrils

Pollex

Thumb

Occupation Names

Wright

One who repairs things

Webster

Operates looms

Sawyer

Sawer of wood

Mason

Bricklayer

Glazier

Window glassman

Names for Colors

Azure

Sky blue

Russet

Reddish brown

Saffron

Orange yellow

Glaucous

Sea green

Mauve

Violet

Names for Measurements

Decibel

Unit for sound intensity

Parsec

Unit of interstellar distance

Dyne

Unit of force

Fathom

Unit used to measure depth

of water

Megadeath

Unit of fatality

Doctrines (-ism)

Accidentalism

Theory that events do not have

causes

Hedonism

Belief that pleasure is the main

goal in life

Solipsism

Theory that self-existence is the

only certainty

Optimism

A doctrine that this is the best

possible world

Theism

Belief in the existence of God

Government (-cracy)

Democracy

Government by the people

Meritocracy

Government selected by ability

Paedocracy

Government by children

Aristocracy

Government by the nobility

Theocracy

Government by divine guidance

Divination (-mancy)

Necromancy

Divination by conjuring up the

dead

Crystallomancy

Divination by gazing into a reflec-tive

object

Bibliomancy

Divination by opening a book at

random

Ichthyomancy

Divination

by

looking

at

fish

entrails

Gyromancy

Divination by walking in a circle

until dizzy

Obsessions (-mania)

Xenomania

Obsession with foreign things

Bibliomania

Obsession with books

Kleptomania

Obsession with stealing

Megalomania

Obsession with grandiose behav-ior

Egomania

Obsession with yourself

Sciences (-ology)

Biology

Study of life

Hypnology

Study of sleep

Kinesiology

Study of human movement

Ecology

Study of the environment

Graphology

Study of handwriting

Shapes (-form)

Boviform

Ox-shaped

Reniform

Kidney-shaped

Cuneiform

Wedge-shaped

Stelliform

Star-shaped

Guttiform

Drop-shaped

Knowledge (-osophy)

Misosophy

Hatred of knowledge

Philosophy

Science of knowledge

Anthroposophy

Knowledge of human develop-ment

Ontosophy

Knowledge of being

Pansophy

Universal knowledge

Feeding (-orous)

Insectivorous

Feeding on insects

Carnivorous

Feeding on animals

Granivorous

Feeding on grain

Baccivorous

Feeding on berries

Panivorous

Feeding on bread

Lovers (-phile)

Bibliophile

Lover of books

Audiophile

Lover of high-fidelity sound

Sinophile

Lover of China and Chinese cul-ture

Hippophile

Lover of horses

Theophile

Lover of God

Polygons (-gon)

Hexagon

Polygon with six sides

Isagon

Polygon whose angles are equal

Dodecagon

Polygon with twelve sides

Quindecagon

Polygon with fifteen sides

Nonagon

Polygon with nine sides

Chapter 5: Logogriphs

Behead to Make H Words

  • shades and hades

  • wheel and heel

  • chives and hives

  • thorns and horns

Behead to Make C Words

  • screws and crews

  • acorn and corn

  • icon and con

  • scent and cent

Behead to Make P Words

  • spit and pit

  • space and pace

  • spike and pike

  • open and pen

  • opal and pal

Behead to Make A Words

  • lace and ace

  • haunt and aunt

  • wart and art

  • farm and arm

  • ranger and anger

Behead to Make U Words

  • bunion and union

  • pusher and usher

  • pump and ump

Behead to Make T Words

  • strip and trip

  • atoll and toll

  • stick and tick

  • star and tar

  • atom and tom

Behead to Make L Words

  • flight and light

  • blink and link

  • glove and love

  • flab and lab

  • clip and lip

Behead to Make R Words

  • driver and river

  • drink and rink

  • broach and roach

  • crib and rib

  • crook and rook

Behead to Make E Words

  • beast and east

  • welder and elder

  • terror and error

  • devil and evil

Behead to Make I Words

  • pirate and irate

  • tissue and issue

  • oink and ink

  • mice and ice

  • finch and inch

Curtail These M Words

  • mate and mat

  • median and media

  • moon and moo

  • menu and men

  • mad and ma

Curtail These B Words

  • bank and ban

  • beer and bee

  • belly and bell

  • board and boar

  • brand and bran

Curtail These H Words

  • hate and hat

  • harem and hare

  • hazel and haze

Curtail These D Words

  • dock and doc

  • doer and doe

  • dent and den

  • debt and Deb

Curtail These S Words

  • sumo and sum

  • slate and slat

  • slope and slop

  • soda and sod

  • seat and sea

Curtail These K Words

  • kite and kit

  • king and kin

  • keno and Ken

Curtail These G Words

  • goof and goo

  • grind and grin

  • gripe and grip

  • grade and grad

  • gash and gas

Curtail These C Words

  • cube and Cub

  • cone and con

  • chump and chum

  • closet and close

  • chin and chi

Syncopate These L Words

  • latte and late

  • launch and lunch

  • lever and leer

  • lice and lie

  • loft and lot

Syncopate These T Words

  • thread and tread

  • trail and tail

  • title and tile

  • tone and toe

Syncopate These D Words

  • dome and doe

  • dread and dead

  • donor and door

Syncopate These P Words

  • pump and pup

  • play and pay

  • post and pot

Syncopate These S Words

  • slaw and saw

  • shake and sake

  • shell and sell

  • shelf and self

  • slum and sum

Syncopate These B Words

  • baby and bay

  • bait and bat

  • bend and bed

  • black and back

Syncopate These W Words

  • wing and wig

  • work and wok

  • writhe and write

Syncopate These R Words

  • ramp and rap

  • rugby and ruby

  • role and roe

  • ridge and ride

Transadd This Word: Retain

  • certain

  • strainer

  • painter

  • latrine

  • hairnet

Transadd This Word: Horse

  • ashore

  • chores

  • herons

  • hordes

Transadd This Word: Teach

  • chalet

  • sachet

  • cachet

Transadd This Word: Cereal

  • cleaver

  • declare

  • replace

  • treacle

  • cleaner

Transadd This Word: Earth

  • bather

  • hatter

  • father

  • halter

Transadd This Word: Lace

  • cable

  • cleat

  • camel

  • decal

Transadd This Word: Star

  • brats

  • rates

  • rafts

  • carts

Transadd This Word: Love

  • vowel

  • novel

  • solve

  • olive

Chapter 6: Word Ladders

PIG to STY

PIG, WIG, WAG, WAY, SAY, STY

SAD to JOY

SAD, SOD, SOY, JOY

FOG to SUN

FOG, BOG, BUG, BUN, SUN

OWL to FOX

OWL, OIL, NIL, NIX, FIX, FOX

JOG to RUN

JOG, JUG, RUG, RUN

OLD to NEW

OLD, ODD, ADD, AID, BID, BED, FED, FEW, NEW

ICE to HOT

ICE, ACE, AYE, DYE, DOE, HOE, HOT

ONE to TWO

ONE, OLE, ALE, AYE, DYE, DOE, TOE, TOO, TWO

TOP to END

TOP, BOP, BOD, BID, AID, AND, END

ARM to LEG

ARM, ARE, AYE, LYE, LEE, LEG

JET to FLY JET, PET, PAT, PAY, PLY, FLY

DRY to WET

DRY, PRY, PAY, PAT, PET, WET

PAL to FOE

PAL, PAR, FAR, FOR, FOE

NEW to OLD

NEW, DEW, DEN, DIN, DID, AID, ADD, ODD, OLD

FOUR to FIVE

FOUR, FOUL, FOOL, FOOT, FORT, FORE, FIRE, FIVE

SAND to DUNE

SAND, SANK, SUNK, DUNK, DUNE

WILD to TAME

WILD, MILD, MILE, TILE, TALE, TAME

HATE to LOVE

HATE, HAVE, HOVE, LOVE

WARM to COLD

WARM, WORM, WORD, CORD, COLD

SEED to TREE

SEED, FEED, FLED, FLEE, FREE, TREE

MORE to LESS

MORE, LORE, LOSE, LOSS, LESS

FOOL to WISE

FOOL, POOL, POLL, PILL, WILL, WILE, WISE

GRUB to WORM

GRUB, GRAB, GRAD, GOAD, LOAD, LORD, WORD, WORM

DAYS to YEAR

DAYS, BAYS, BOYS, BOAS, BOAR, BEAR, YEAR

BORN to FREE

BORN, TORN, TERN, TEEN, THEN, THEE, TREE, FREE

PAWN to KING

PAWN, PAWS, PANS, PINS, PING, KING

SEED to LAWN

SEED, SEES, SEWS, SAWS, LAWS, LAWN

HAND to FOOT

HAND, BAND, BOND, FOND, FOOD, FOOT

HEAT to FIRE

HEAT, HEAD, HERD, HERE, HIRE, FIRE

WORD to GAME

WORD, CORD, CARD, CARE, CAME, GAME

WHEAT to BREAD

WHEAT, CHEAT, CLEAT, BLEAT, BLEAK, BREAK, BREAD

SNACK to MEALS

SNACK, STACK, STARK, STARS, SEARS, SEALS, MEALS

FLESH to BLOOD

FLESH, FLASH, FLASK, FLANK, BLANK, BLAND, BLOND, BLOOD

BABES to WOODS

BABES, BARES, WARES, WARDS, WORDS, WOODS

NORTH to SOUTH

NORTH, FORTH, FORTS, SORTS, SOOTS, SOOTH, SOUTH

FRESH to STALE

FRESH, FLESH, FLASH, FLASK, FLACK, SLACK, STACK, STALK, STALE

SHARP to BLUNT

SHARP, SHARE, SPARE, SPARS, SPURS, SLURS, BLURS, BLURT, BLUNT

TEARS to SMILE

TEARS, SEARS, STARS, STARE, STALE, STILE, SMILE

SMILE to FROWN

SMILE, SMITE, SPITE, SPITS, SLITS, SLOTS, SLOWS, FLOWS, FLOWN, FROWN

SLEEP to DREAM

SLEEP, BLEEP, BLEED, BREED, BREAD, DREAD, DREAM

Chapter 7: Acrostics

Reservations

  • Ticket

  • Road

  • Airline

  • Vacation

  • Excursion

  • Luggage

* TRAVEL

May Flowers

  • Season

  • Plant

  • Rain

  • Insect

  • New

  • Garden

* SPRING

The Final Frontier

  • Stars

  • Planet

  • Asteroids

  • Comet

  • Extraterrestrial

* SPACE

Beginning to Look a Lot Like

  • Chestnuts

  • Halls

  • Ribbons

  • Icicle

  • Stockings

  • Toys

  • Mouse

  • Angels

  • Snow

* CHRISTMAS

Earth Plot

  • Grow

  • Asparagus

  • Radish

  • Dig

  • Earth

  • Nature

* GARDEN

Baby

  • Innocent

  • Nap

  • Food

  • Amused

  • New

  • Toddler

*INFANT

Knowledge

  • Lesson

  • Education

  • Arithmetic

  • Reading

  • Notes

* LEARN

Athletics

  • Stadium

  • Practice

  • Overhead

  • Race

  • Track

  • Score

* SPORTS

Summer Fun

  • Backyard

  • Ashes

  • Roast

  • Beef

  • Eat

  • Cookout

  • Utensils

  • Ember

* BARBECUE

Sewing

  • NovelisT

  • EpitapH

  • EquatoR

  • DarE

  • LaurA

  • EarneD

* NEEDLE, THREAD

Wedding Bells

  • BakinG

  • ReadeR

  • IgloO

  • DiscO

  • EnthusiasM

*BRIDE, GROOM

Assignment

  • HoW

  • OrlandO

  • MajoR

  • EarmarK

*HOME WORK

Doing One Now

  • WinG

  • OkrA

  • RandoM

  • DefinE

* WORD GAME

Four-Leaf Clover

  • LyriC

  • UtaH

  • CharismA

  • KisseR

  • YaM

*LUCKY CHARM

Defraud

  • SemiautomatiC

  • TougH

  • EmpirE

  • AntarcticA

  • LawsuiT

*STEAL, CHEAT

On the Silver Screen

  • MatineeS

  • OutfiT

  • VisA

  • InterioR

  • ExtraS

* MOVIE STARS

Cumulonimbus

  • SporadiC

  • TropicaL

  • OntariO

  • RousseaU

  • MilD

*STORM CLOUD What a Racket 1. TriviA

  • ExhibitioN

  • NastY

  • NemO

  • InspiratioN

  • ServE

* TENNIS, ANYONE?

Composition

  • PavloV

  • OctavE

  • EaR

  • ManuscriptS

  • SatirE

*POEMS, VERSE

Captive

  • Grass

  • Always

  • Greener

  • Side

Saying: The grass is always greener on the other side.

Acrostic: GAGS

Abbreviated Part of an Hour

  • Mother

  • Invention

  • Necessity

Saying: Necessity is the mother of invention.

Acrostic: MIN

Automatons Abbreviated

  • Bitten

  • Once

  • Twice

  • Shy

Saying: Once bitten, twice shy.

Acrostic: BOTS

Overnight Water

  • Dear

  • Elementary

  • Watson

Saying: Elementary, my dear Watson.

Acrostic: DEW

Auction Offer

  • Bucket

  • In

  • Drop

Saying: A drop in the bucket.

Acrostic: BID

Me and You

  • Better

  • One

  • Two

  • Heads

Saying: Two heads are better than one.

Acrostic: BOTH

Organized Crime Gang

  • Moon

  • Once

  • Blue

Saying: Once in a blue moon.

Acrostic: MOB

Up-Down Toy

  • You

  • Only

  • Young

  • Once

Saying: You are only young once.

Acrostic: YOYO

Auto

  • Customer

  • Always

  • Right

Saying: The customer is always right.

Acrostic: CAR

Not Good

  • Bite

  • Another

  • Dust

Saying: Another one bites the dust.

Acrostic: BAD

Chapter 8: Inside Words

Buildings

hot+el=hotel

pal+ace=palace

off+ice=office

At School

tea+cher=teacher

hi+story=history

less+on=lesson

Bird Watching

rob+in=robin

pig+eon=pigeon

spar+row=sparrow

In the Water

oct+opus=octopus

her+ring=herring

min+now=minnow

On the Land

pant+her=panther

don+key=donkey

stall+ion=stallion

Many Moods

am+used=amused

con+tent=content

curio+us=curious

World Cities

cam+bridge=Cambridge

chic+ago=Chicago

par+is=Paris

Plants

car+nation=carnation

lot+us=lotus

we+ed=weed

Around the House

was+her=washer

pill+ow=pillow

pan+try=pantry

Chicken Parts

feat+her=feather

he+art=heart

bra+in=brain

U.S. Presidents

  • Carter, art

  • Washington, ash

  • Clinton, lint

Wildlife

  • spider, pi

  • shrimp, rim

  • crocodile, cod

Vegetables

  • cabbage, bag

  • spinach, pin

  • asparagus, par

Drink Up

  • martini, tin

  • Manhattan, hat

  • screwdriver, crew

Colors

  • white, hit

  • brown, row

  • orange, rang

Games

  • bridge, id

  • dominoes, no

  • checkers, heck

Dog Breeds

  • boxer, ox

  • terrier, err

  • dachshund, shun

Plants

  • clover, love

  • pumpkin, ump

  • dandelion, deli

Careers

  • model, ode

  • executive, cut

  • secretary, tar

Edible

  • marshmallow, mall

  • tomato, mat

  • vanilla, nil

Sequence: PST

campstool, capstan, capstone, chopstick, chopsticks, dipstick, dripstone, dumpster, hipster, jumpstart, lipstick, quipster, slapstick, slipstream, soapstone, sweepstake, sweepstakes, tipster, topstitch, upstage, upstairs, upstanding, upstart, upstate, upstream, upstroke, whipstitch

Sequence: YMN

gymnasium, gymnasiums, gymnast, gymnastic, gymnastically, gymnastics, gymnosperm, hymn, hymnal, hymnbook, hymned, hymning, hymnist, hymns

Sequence: THM

algorithm, algorithmic, arithmetic, arithmetical, arithmetically, arithmetician, arrhythmia, arrhythmic, asthma, asthmatic, bequeathment, betrothment, biorhythm, birthmark, dysrhythmia, earthmover, ethmoid, ethmoidal, eurhythmics, isthmus, isthmuses, logarithm, logarithmic, logarithmically, mythmaker, north-man, northmen, northmost, rhythm, rhythmic, rhythmical, rhythmically, southmost

Sequence: NVA

canvas, canvasback, canvass, canvassed, canvasser, canvassing, convalesce, convalesced, convalescence, convalescent, convalescing, invade, invaded, invader, invading, invalid, invalidate, invalidated, invalidating, invalidation, invalidism, invalidity, invaluable, invaluableness, invaluably, invariability, invariable, invariableness, invariably, invariance, invariant, invasion, invasive, invasiveness, noninvasive, nonvascular, unvaccinated, unvalued, unvanquishable, unvanquished, unvariable, unvaried, unvariedness, unvarnished, unvarying

Sequence: NLA

enlarge, enlarged, enlargement, enlarger, enlarging, inlaid, inland, inlay, inlayer, inlaying, mainland, sunlamp, unlabeled, unlabored, unlace, unlaced, unladylike, unlamented, unlash, unlatch, unlatched, unlawful, unlawfully, unlawfulness, vacationland

Sequence: IZZ

blizzard, dizzily, dizziness, dizzy, dizzying, drizzle, drizzled, drizzling, drizzly, fizz, fizzed, fizzing, fizzle, fizzled, fizzling, fizzy, frizz, frizzed, frizzes, frizzing, frizzy, gizzard, grizzle, grizzled, grizzly, mizzen, mizzenmast, pizza, pizzazz, pizzeria, quizzed, quizzer, quizzical, quizzically, quizzing, sizzle, sizzled, siz-zler, sizzling, swizzle, tizzy, whizzed, whizzing

Sequence: GGA

baggage, beggar, beggared, beggaring, beggarliness, beggarly, beggars, beggary, braggadocio, braggart, haggard, haggardly, laggard, luggage, niggard, niggardliness, niggardly, reggae, sluggard, toboggan, tobogganing, tobogganist

Sequence: FFU

coiffure, diffuse, diffused, diffusely, diffuseness, diffuser, diffusing, diffusion, diffusive, diffusively, diffusiveness, diffusivity, effulgence, effulgent, effuse, effused, effusing, effusion, effusive, effusively, effusiveness, suffuse, suffused, suffusing, suffusion

Sequence: DUA

dual, dualism, dualist, dualistic, duality, gradual, gradualism, graduality, gradually, gradualness, graduate, graduated, graduating, graduation, graduator, individual, individualism, individualist, individualistic, individualistically, individuality, individualization, individualize, individualized, individually, individuals, individuate, individuation, postgraduate, residual, residuals, residuary, undergraduate

Sequence: CKH

backhand, backhanded, backhander, backhaul, backhoe, backhouse, blackhead, blockhead, blockheaded, blockhouse, buckhound, chuckhole, cockhorse, deckhand, deckhouse, dockhand, jackhammer, muckheap, packhorse, stockholder, stockholders, stockholding, thickhead, thickheaded

Beware of Liposuction

tulip, maple, oak

(A Timbuk [tu lip]osuction can cause asth[ma. Ple]nty of people in Gen[oa k]now this already.)

Food Fit trumpet, tuba, violin

(He threw a tan[trum, pet]rified that the [tub a]ctually contained ra[violi n]oodles.)

Problem Child

Saturn, Venus, Mars

(Li[sa turn]s away e[ven us]. She only talks to her friends in gram[mar s]chool.)

Stuntman

carrot, spinach, potato

(As the [car rot]ated rapidly, the [spin ach]ieved Jimmy a s[pot ato]p the daredevil hall of fame.)

Whirlwind

dog, rabbit, cat

(She watched the torna[do g][rab bits] of the repli[ca t]hat were loose.)

Bob

  • bobcat

  • bobby

  • bobtail

  • bobby socks

  • bobsled

Jack

  • jackpot

  • flapjack

  • hijack

  • lumberjack

Tom

  • tomboy

  • tomcat

  • tomfool

  • tomahawk

Mary

  • primary

  • Maryland

  • rosemary

  • customary

Jim

  • jim-dandy

  • jimmy

  • jimsonweed

  • jimmies

Bill

  • billfold

  • hillbilly

  • handbill

  • billy

  • playbill

Chapter 9: Missing Pieces

For the Birds

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

  • Kill two birds with one stone.

  • The early bird catches the worm.

Equestrian

  • I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.

  • Don't put the cart before the horse.

  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

Time

  • Time and tides wait for no man.

  • Time heals all wounds.

  • A stitch in time saves nine.

In the Family

  • Like father, like son.

  • Blood is thicker than water.

  • Necessity is the mother of invention.

Career Advice

  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Love Advice

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  • It takes two to tango.

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Landscape

  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.

  • Making a mountain out of a molehill.

Timely Advice

  • Better late than never.

  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

  • Strike while the iron is hot.

Poultry

  • Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

  • Birds of a feather flock together.

  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

In the Kitchen

  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.

  • Out of the frying pan into the fire.

  • If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Lacking

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.

  • Beggars can't be choosers.

  • Finders keepers, losers weepers.

Nature

  • Still waters run deep.

  • When the cat's away, the mice will play.

  • You reap what you sow.

Words

  • One picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Actions speak louder than words.

  • A word to the wise.

Wheel Around

  • The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

  • What goes around comes around.

  • Don't put the cart before the horse.

Force

  • United we stand, divided we fall.

  • Might makes right.

  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 1

Forrest Gump

Starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, and Gary Sinise.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 2

Titanic

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 3

Pulp Fiction

Starring John Travolta, Samuel L.

Jackson, and Uma Thurman.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 4

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, and Paul Freeman.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 5

Apocalypse Now

Starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 6

Star Wars

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alec Guinness.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 7

Taxi Driver

Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, and Harvey Keitel.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 8

The Godfather

Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 9

To Kill a Mockingbird

Starring Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, and Brock Peters.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 10

Singin' in the Rain

Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 11

It's a Wonderful Life

Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 12

Casablanca

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 13

Citizen Kane

Starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.

Abbreviated Cinema Challenge 14

Gone with the Wind

Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

Red, White, and Blue

• 50 States = Unites States of America

• Great Lakes = Superior, Huron, Erie, Ontario, Michigan

• 13 Original Colonies = Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

Lists

• North, South, East, West = Compass Points

• John, Paul, George, Ringo = Beatles

• U, O, I, E, A = Vowels

Story Time

• 7 Dwarfs = Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Happy, Dopey

• Santa's Reindeer = Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen

• 3 Bears = Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Baby Bear

Sports

• 100 Yards = 1 Football Field

• 52 Cards = 1 Deck

• 18 Holes = 1 Golf Course

For Good Measure

• 12 Inches = 1 Foot

• 360 Degrees = 1 Circle

• 3 Feet = 1 Yard

Color and Composition

• 1 Picture = 1,000 Words

• Blue + Red + Yellow = Primary Colors

• 1 Square = 4 Sides

Time

• 7 Days = 1 Week

• 12 Months = 1 Year

• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday = Weekdays

Makes Sense

• 100 Cents = 1 Dollar

• Penny Saved = Penny Earned

• 2 Quarters + 3 Nickels = 65 Pennies

Chapter 10: Triplets

Within the Mattress

SPRING: spring chicken, offspring, springboard bedspring

School Assignment

HOME: homemade, nursing home, homespun homework

Dust Guard

SLIP: pink slip, slipknot, slipstream slipcover

Sewage Disposal

TANK: gas tank, tank top, think tank septic tank

Elevated Fort

TREE: Christmas tree, treetop, tree-huggertree house

Hourglass

EGG: goose egg, egg white, egghead egg timer

Light in Flight

FLY: fly ball, butterfly, dragonfly firefly

Ocean Boundary

LINE: deadline, lineman, hairline coastline

Farm Fence with a Twist

WIRE: haywire, wire service, hotwire barbed wire

A Plant with Edible Fruit

BLUE: bluegrass, baby blue, bluebird blueberry

An Overwhelming Victory

LAND: heartland, landlord, mainland landslide

A Speedy Bird

ROAD: railroad, road rage, roadkill roadrunner

Football Helmet Front

FACE: boldface, poker face, face card facemask

Heavy Metal Toss

SHOT: big shot, gunshot, long shot shot put

Hoops

BALL: mothball, ballpoint, ballroom basketball

Boxing Victory

KNOCK: knockdown, knock-knee, knockoff knockout

Race Refueling

STOP: stopgap, stopwatch, shortstop pit stop

Football Leader

BACK: drawback, backspace, horseback quarterback

Rouse the Troops

TALK: talk show, sweet talk, talk shop pep talk

Internet Maintainer

MASTER: mastermind, grand master, masterpiece webmaster

TV — with Prizes

GAME: word game, fair game, game plan game show

Info Delivered to Your Door

PAPER: paperback, sandpaper, paper-thin newspaper

TV Forecaster

WEATHER: weathervane, fair-weather, weatherproof weatherman

Price Reduction

MARK: hallmark, postmark, bookmark markdown

Paper Money

NOTE: footnote, notebook, keynote banknote

Greeting or Agreement

SHAKE: milkshake, shakedown, shakeup handshake

Farmer's Tool

PITCH: sales pitch, pitch dark, fever pitch pitchfork

The Presiding Officer

CHAIR: chairlift, highchair, armchair chairman

Office Pen

POINT: checkpoint, needlepoint, point blank ballpoint

County Fair Fare

DOG: top dog, doghouse, dog tag hotdog

Illegal Whiskey

MOON: blue moon, honeymoon, moonstruck moonshine

A Common Quantity of Beer

PACK: packhorse, backpack, fanny pack, six-pack

After Heavy Drinking

OVER: overcast, once-over, overdrive hangover

Pool Protector

LIFE: still life, lifestyle, wildlife lifeguard

Mechanic

MONKEY: monkey bars, monkey business, monkey wrench grease monkey

Man in the Armed Forces

SERVICE: answering service, Secret Service, service charge serviceman

Movie Author

SCREEN: smokescreen, sunscreen, silkscreen screenwriter

Chapter 11: Inky Pinkys

Animals

  • drab crab

  • male whale

  • ape cape

All Wet

  • rain stain

  • snake lake

  • damp camp

This and That

  • ear year

  • brook book

  • peas please

Yummy

  • sweet treat

  • snack shack

  • fake cake

Mammals

  • rare mare

  • bear hair

  • cheap sheep

Hygiene

  • clean teen

  • weird beard

  • bath path

Wildlife

  • shark park

  • free bee

  • fat cat

Nonverbal Communication

  • half laugh

  • brave wave

  • neck peck

Work

  • paid maid

  • wage rage

  • brain drain

Transportation

  • space race

  • star car

  • large barge

Sports

  • track shack

  • dream team

  • small ball

Includes an S Word

  • fleet street

  • smart start

  • salt vault

Around the House

  • flag bag

  • dame frame

  • spare chair

Animal Life

  • nest pest

  • mice dice

  • quick chick

Things People Do

  • brief thief

  • zoo crew

  • yard guard

Apparel

  • shirt dirt

  • chess dress

  • flat hat

Colorful Food

  • tan bran

  • green bean

  • blue brew

Odds and Ends

  • red thread

  • swell bell

  • thick stick

Shopping

  • small mall

  • swift gift

  • pie buy

Body Functions

  • deep sleep

  • ear fear

  • Swiss kiss

Family

  • glad dad

  • wild child

  • mouse house

Manmade

  • wet jet

  • big dig

  • vain train

Small Change

  • dime crime

  • nurse purse

  • nice price

The Great Outdoors

  • mountain fountain

  • forest florist

  • wonder thunder

Anthropomorphize

  • wiser geyser

  • wizard lizard

  • witty kitty

Sports World

  • jockey hockey

  • soccer locker

  • richer pitcher

B Word Included

  • better sweater

  • plumper bumper

  • beaver fever

Odd Occupations

  • summer plumber

  • gutter cutter

  • scooter tutor

Personal Descriptions

  • snoozer loser

  • tire buyer

  • finer diner

By the Numbers

  • midget digit

  • nickel pickle

  • dirty thirty

Chapter 12: Homophone Fun

Homophone Pair Challenge 1

  • banned band

  • hoarse horse

  • stair stare

Homophone Pair Challenge 2

  • sail sale

  • weak week

  • thyme time

Homophone Pair Challenge 3

  • towed toad

  • fair fare

  • prince prints

Homophone Pair Challenge 4

  • peddle pedal

  • night knight

  • dear deer

Homophone Pair Challenge 5

  • idle idol

  • ant aunt

  • mourning morning

Homophone Pair Challenge 6

  • ore oar

  • write right

  • coarse course

Homophone Pair Challenge 7

  • main mane

  • heal heel

  • sweet suite

Homophone Pair Challenge 8

  • carrot karat

  • border boarder

  • chilly chili

Homophone Pair Challenge 9

  • prophet profit

  • sun son

  • current currant

Homophone Pair Challenge 10

  • pale pail

  • toe tow

  • cantor canter

Homophone Pair Challenge 11

  • sore soar

  • bored board

  • whale wail

Homophone Pair Challenge 12

  • wine whine

  • serial cereal

  • lone loan

Homophone Pair Challenge 13

  • steal steel

  • close clothes

  • bare bear

Homophone Pair Challenge 14

  • tense tents

  • heard herd

  • foul fowl

Homophone Pair Challenge 15

  • cash cache

  • meet meat

  • bolder boulder

Homophone Pair Challenge 16

  • hostile hostel

  • maize maze

  • minor miner

Homophone Pair Challenge 17

  • wholly holy

  • hare hair

  • claws clause

Homophone Pair Challenge 18

  • whole hole

  • male mail

  • tacks tax

Homophone Pair Challenge 19

  • cymbal symbol

  • mince mints

  • bridal bridle

Homophone Pair Challenge 20

  • cellar seller

  • better bettor

  • cedar seeder

Basketball

  • Karl Malone

  • Larry Bird

  • Phil Jackson

Trees

  • pine

  • maple

  • cedar

United

  • Kansas

  • Michigan

  • New Mexico

Fine Wine

  • Burgundy

  • Cabernet

  • Chardonnay

Authors

  • Edgar Allan Poe

  • Mark Twain

  • Stephen King

Reptiles

  • alligator

  • lizard

  • chameleon

Stars

  • Dudley Moore

  • Lon Chaney

  • Marilyn Monroe

Birds

  • heron

  • cardinal

  • eagle

Movies

  • Lion King

  • Sweet Home Alabama

  • Ocean's Eleven

Television

  • Jeopardy

  • All My Children

  • Fraiser

Chapter 13: Dictionary Fun

Spelling Challenge 1 accidentally

Spelling Challenge 2 maneuver

Spelling Challenge 3 separate

Spelling Challenge 4 potato

Spelling Challenge 5 camouflage

Spelling Challenge 6 definite

Spelling Challenge 7 bargain

Spelling Challenge 8 occurred

Spelling Challenge 9 village

Spelling Challenge 10 surprise

Spelling Challenge 11 generally

Spelling Challenge 12 cemetery

Spelling Challenge 13 existence

Spelling Challenge 14 accommodate

Spelling Challenge 15 humorous

Spelling Challenge 16 pronunciation

Spelling Challenge 17 occasion

Spelling Challenge 18 recommend

Spelling Challenge 19 disappoint

Spelling Challenge 20 beginning

Age of Words Challenge 1

  • kettle

  • tent

  • antenna

Age of Words Challenge 2

  • candle

  • voyage

  • phony

Age of Words Challenge 3

  • dish

  • narcotic

  • voyeur

Age of Words Challenge 4

  • play

  • suit

  • aquifer

Age of Words Challenge 5

  • dwarf

  • prune

  • barrette

Age of Words Challenge 6

  • stride

  • abstain

  • calibrator

Age of Words Challenge 7

  • greet

  • toothache

  • ethanol

Age of Words Challenge 8

  • key

  • chemistry

  • antilog

Age of Words Challenge 9

  • yellow

  • wrangle

  • nifty

Age of Words Challenge 10

  • iron

  • freeze

  • escalator

Age of Words Challenge 11

  • tough

  • warrior

  • malnourished

Age of Words Challenge 12

  • half

  • alley

  • antonym

Age of Words Challenge 13

  • tide

  • princess

  • nosedive

Age of Words Challenge 14

  • flea

  • pamper

  • mindset

Age of Words Challenge 15

  • thief

  • meridian

  • agnostic

Age of Words Challenge 16

  • wonder

  • windmill

  • tendinitis

Age of Words Challenge 17

  • gold

  • gag

  • malarkey

Age of Words Challenge 18

  • hook

  • vengeance

  • spoonerism

Age of Words Challenge 19

  • hat

  • adulation

  • internment

Age of Words Challenge 20

  • birch

  • verdict

  • amputee

Chapter 14: Word Know-It-All

Pick the Best Definition for Allied

a. Related

Pick the Best Definition for Armistice

b. A truce

Pick the Best Definition for Disbar

a. To expel from the legal profession

Pick the Best Definition for Truant

a. A student who stays away from school without permission

Pick the Best Definition for Lye

b. A strong alkaline substance used in making soap

Pick the Best Definition for Nip

c. A small amount of liquor

Pick the Best Definition for Aperture

c. An opening

Pick the Best Definition for Mediate

c. To settle differences between conflicting parties

Pick the Best Definition for Assent

c. Consent

Pick the Best Definition for Disparage

b. To degrade

Pick the Best Definition for Barbiturate

a: A group of drugs that act as depressants

Pick the Best Definition for Altercation

a. A noisy, angry dispute

Pick the Best Definition for Amphetamine

b. Drug used as a stimulant

Pick the Best Definition for Aggregate

a. Total amount

Pick the Best Definition for Flit

c. To pass abruptly

Pick the Best Definition for Ampere

c. Unit of electric current

Pick the Best Definition for Mesosphere

a. Portion of the atmosphere from twenty to fifty miles above the earth Pick the Best Definition for Au Gratin

a. With a cheese crust

Pick the Best Definition for Anterior

c. Located before in place or time

Pick the Best Definition for Alibi

c. An excuse

Pick the Best Definition for Bayou

b. A marshy inlet

Pick the Best Definition for Jaundice

c. Disorder with the symptom of yellowish skin

Pick the Best Definition for Alpha

a. First letter in the Greek alphabet

Pick the Best Definition for Transcribe

a. To make a written copy of

Pick the Best Definition for Avail

b. To be of use

Pick the Best Definition for Writhe

c. To twist and turn the body

Pick the Best Definition for Plague

c. Pestilence

Pick the Best Definition for Avow

c. Declare openly

Pick the Best Definition for Avoirdupois

a. System of weight measurement

Pick the Best Definition for Scaphoid

c. Shaped like a boat

Pick the Best Definition for Atomizer

a. Device for spraying liquid as a mist

Pick the Best Definition for Mesopause

c. Atmospheric area about fifty miles above the earth's surface

Pick the Best Definition for Alveolate

a. Pitted like a honeycomb

Pick the Best Definition for Quartan

a. Occurring every fourth day

Pick the Best Definition for Babushka

b. A type of scarf

Pick the Best Definition for Flout

b. To scorn or scoff

Pick the Best Definition for Quindecennial

b. A fifteenth anniversary

Pick the Best Definition for Cerement

c. A burial garment

Pick the Best Definition for Agora

a. A gathering place

Pick the Best Definition for Cespitose

c. Growing in clumps, like moss

Pick the Best Definition for Platitude

b. A trite remark

Pick the Best Definition for Quadruped

a. An animal with four feet

Pick the Best Definition for Distend

a. To become expanded

Pick the Best Definition for Zizith

b. The tassels worn on traditional garments by Jewish males

Pick the Best Definition for Anthracite

b. Hard coal

Pick the Best Definition for Quadrille

b. A dance of French origin

Pick the Best Definition for Gouache

b. A technique of painting using opaque watercolors

Pick the Best Definition for Placate

c. To appease

Pick the Best Definition for Baba

b. A rum cake usually made with raisins

Pick the Best Definition for Anabiosis

c. Moving again after apparent death

Pick the Best Definition for Ampoule

a. Container for a dose of medicine

Pick the Best Definition for Jackanapes

a. A mischievous child

Pick the Best Definition for Asperity

c. Harshness

Pick the Best Definition for Soliloquy

b. Talking to oneself

Pick the Best Definition for Abaft

c. Toward the stern

Pick the Best Definition for Rondo

b. A musical form in which a refrain recurs four times

Pick the Best Definition for Acephalous

a. Without a head

Pick the Best Definition for Jato

a. An aircraft takeoff assisted by an auxiliary jet

Pick the Best Definition for Nike

c. The Greek goddess of victory

Chapter 15: Phone Numbers

Placement

  • first

  • third

  • fifth

Mammals

  • moose

  • horse

  • tiger

Sport Areas

  • track

  • field

  • court

Symphony

  • viola

  • cello

  • flute

Bathroom

  • towel

  • basin

  • brush

Fire

  • spark

  • flame

  • ember

Close to the Ground

  • snake

  • worms

  • gecko

Clothes

  • shirt

  • pants

  • socks

Cuts

  • sword

  • knife

  • blade

Sizes

  • giant

  • small

  • large

Computer Peripherals

  • mouse

  • modem

  • cable

Yard

  • trees

  • grass

  • shrub

Measures

  • meter

  • liter

  • ounce

On the Table

  • spoon

  • knife

  • plate

Humor

  • funny

  • comic

  • laugh

Landscape

  • ridge

  • hilly

  • mound

Legal Tender

  • money

  • coins

  • cents

See You in Court

  • juror

  • judge

  • clerk

Dinner

  • pasta

  • salad

  • drink

Body Joints

  • elbow

  • ankle

  • wrist

Talk

  • gossip

  • rumors

  • tattle

Colors

  • yellow

  • orange

  • purple

Elements

  • oxygen

  • helium

  • carbon

Taken

  • ripoff

  • stolen

  • swiped

Composition

  • poetry

  • rhymes

  • verses

Space

  • galaxy

  • planet

  • Saturn

Teeth

  • cavity

  • braces

  • dental

School

  • grades

  • pupils

  • lesson

Films

  • screen

  • movies

  • cinema

Vision

  • retina

  • cornea

  • eyelid

Family

  • sister

  • father

  • mother

Ha Ha Ha

  • giggle

  • guffaw

  • cackle

Thief

  • outlaw

  • robber

  • bandit

Speed

  • rushed

  • slowly

  • faster

Time

  • second

  • minute

  • decade

Sports

  • soccer

  • tennis

  • hockey

Temperature

  • cooler

  • warmer

  • hotter

In the Office

  • copier

  • pencil

  • phones

Fruits

  • banana

  • grapes

  • orange

Dogs

  • beagle

  • collie

  • poodle

Chapter 16: Cryptograms

Cryptoquote Challenge 1

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

Theodore Rubin

Cryptoquote Challenge 2

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

Cryptoquote Challenge 3

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first base.

Frederick Wilcox

Cryptoquote Challenge 4

You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.

Lou Holtz

Cryptoquote Challenge 5

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!

Margaret Meade

Cryptoquote Challenge 6

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu

Cryptoquote Challenge 7

Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.

Richard M. Nixon

Cryptoquote Challenge 8

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Cryptoquote Challenge 9

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein

Cryptoquote Challenge 10

Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

Dale Carnegie

Cryptoquote Challenge 11

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

Tom Bodett

Cryptoquote Challenge 12

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.

Mahatma Gandhi

Cryptoquote Challenge 13

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

Plato

Cryptoquote Challenge 14

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

Mark Twain

Cryptoquote Challenge 15

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.

Joe Namath

Cryptoquote Challenge 16

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.

Vincent van Gogh

Cryptoquote Challenge 17

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

Douglas Adams

Cryptoquote Challenge 18

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Plato

Cryptoquote Challenge 19

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

Harry S Truman

Cryptoquote Challenge 20

The good people sleep much better at night than the bad people. Of course, the bad people enjoy the waking hours much more.

Woody Allen

Cryptoquote Challenge 21

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it.

Anne O'Hare McCormick

Cryptoquote Challenge 22

Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.

Ray Bradbury

Cryptoquote Challenge 23

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

John F. Kennedy

Cryptoquote Challenge 24

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

Cryptoquote Challenge 25

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Douglas Adams

Cryptoquote Challenge 26

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Buddha

Cryptoquote Challenge 27

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.

Alvin Toffler

Cryptoquote Challenge 28

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

George Orwell

Cryptoquote Challenge 29

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Herman Cain

Cryptoquote Challenge 30

Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.

Michael Landon

U.S. Holidays

Easter

Christmas

Thanksgiving

New Year's Day

Fourth of July

Memorial Day

Labor Day

Shakespeare

Taming of the Shrew

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Romeo and Juliet

Much Ado About Nothing

Hamlet

All's Well That Ends Well

Macbeth

Insects

hornet

ladybug

butterfly

locust

mosquito

cricket

grasshopper

Beatles Songs

“A Hard Day's Night”

“Love Me Do”

“Paperback Writer”

“Hey Jude”

“I Am the Walrus”

“Let It Be”

“I Want to Hold Your Hand”

Office Supplies

pencils

pens

paper

paperclips

scissors

ruler

stapler

Classic Literature

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Don Quixote

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Scarlet Letter

A Tale of Two Cities

The Time Machine

Treasure Island

Gems

diamond

emerald

garnet

opal

ruby

sapphire

turquoise

Automobile

tires

windshield

steering wheel

glove compartment

radio

odometer

speedometer

U.S. National Parks

Grand Canyon

Yosemite

Yellowstone

Glacier Bay

Grand Teton

Rocky Mountain

Bryce Canyon

Movies

Finding Nemo

Bruce Almighty

Men in Black

Sweet Home Alabama

Planet of the Apes

A Beautiful Mind

American Beauty

Chapter 17: Word Numbers

Chronogram Challenge 1

  • Knoxville (XVI)

  • cider (CI)

  • library (LI)

Chronogram Challenge 2

  • excited (XCI)

  • exit (XI)

  • McIntosh (MCI)

Chronogram Challenge 3

  • streamlined (MLI)

  • summer (MM)

  • anecdotes (CD)

Chronogram Challenge 4

  • gumdrops (MD)

  • mix (MIX)

  • olives (LIV)

Chronogram Challenge 5

  • handclaps (DCL)

  • axles (XL)

  • immigrants (MMI)

Chronogram Challenge 6

  • mice (MI)

  • excellent (XC)

  • radii (DII)

Chronogram Challenge 7

  • silvers (LV)

  • foxlike (XLI)

  • villages (VI)

Chronogram Challenge 8

  • sandcastles (DC)

  • elixirs (LIX)

  • Hawaii (II)

Chronogram Challenge 9

  • Nixon (IX)

  • Hamlet (ML)

  • Elvis (LVI)

Chronogram Challenge 10

  • headlines (DLI)

  • emcee (MC)

  • skydive (DIV)

Number Name Chronogram: 2-10-8

The fancy FOOTWORK of the boxer is what made him a CONTENDER against the HEAVYWEIGHT champion.

Number Name Chronogram: 1-10-1

The epitaph “GONE but not FORGOTTEN” was etched in STONE.

Number Name Chronogram: 8-10-1

The ship carried FREIGHT that he INTENDED to sell in Canada for a lot of MONEY.

Number Name Chronogram: 2-10-2

Clint EASTWOOD played the policeman LIEUTENANT Speer in the movie City Heat which played on the ABC television NETWORK last night.

Number Name Chronogram: 1-1-1

The PRISONER felt very LONELY in solitary confinement after hearing that his trial was POSTPONED again.

Number Name Chronogram: 10-10-8

She held a PATENT for her invention of a radio ANTENNA that required a HEIGHT of only five feet.

Number Name Chronogram: 10-9-10

As we LISTENED to the lecture, the professor classified the dog as a CANINE and the KITTEN as a feline.

Number Name Chronogram: 8-1-10

The WEIGHT of the load made the porter's BONES ache and required his full ATTENTION to keep it balanced.

Number Name Chronogram: 10-1-1

She OFTEN told him to please PHONE me SOONER rather than later.

Number Name Chronogram: 1-8-10

NONE of his SLEIGHT of hand tricks worked when he was wearing MIT-TENS that covered his fingers.

Cryptarithm Challenge 1

There are twenty possible solutions:

8+692=700

8+592=600

8+492=500

8+392=400

7+593=600

7+493=500

7+193=200

6+794=800

6+294=300

6+194=200

4+796=800

4+296=300

4+196=200

3+597=600

3+497=500

3+197=200

2+698=700

2+598=600

2+498=500

2+398=400

Cryptarithm Challenge 2

There are six possible solutions:

868+747=1,615

848+565=1,413

838+474=1,312

767+848=1,615

545+868=1,413

434+878=1,312

Cryptarithm Challenge 3

There are sixteen possible solutions:

467+467=934

457+457=914

427+427=854

417+417=834

407+407=814

286+286=572

236+236=472

216+216=432

206+206=412

482+482=964

452+452=904

432+432=864

291+291=582

281+281=562

271+271=542

231+231=462

Cryptarithm Challenge 4

There are sixteen possible solutions:

8,366+7,554=15,920

7,366+8,554=15,920

8,766+5,443=14,209

5,766+8,443=14,209

8,355+7,669=16,024

7,355+8,669=16,024

6,844+5,229=12,073

5,844+6,229=12,073

7,944+5,336=13,280

5,944+7,336=13,280

9,233+5,447=14,680

5,233+9,447=14,680

7,833+4,226=12,059

4,833+7,226=12,059

8,433+7,662=16,095

7,433+8,662=16,095

Cryptarithm Challenge 5

There are seven possible solutions:

3,779+4,578=8,357

3,448+2,946=6,394

7,556+2,159=9,715

4,115+2,316=6,431

7,224+1,528=8,752

4,112+5,319=9,431

2,771+3,476=6,247

Cryptarithm Challenge 6

There are eighteen possible solutions:

6,849+6,855=13,704

8,649+8,655=17,304

8,349+8,355=16,704

6,349+6,355=12,704

7,639+7,644=15,283

8,529+8,533=17,062

5,429+5,433=10,862

6,458+6,477=12,935

6,528+6,544=13,072

5,328+5,344=10,672

9,237+9,266=18,503

8,425+8,477=16,902

9,274+9,233=18,507

8,274+8,233=16,507

6,702+6,788=13,490

7,302+7,388=14,690

5,382+5,366=10,748

9,362+9,344=18,706

Cryptarithm Challenge 7

There are two possible solutions:

94,085+64,773=158,858

64,085+94,773=158,858

Cryptarithm Challenge 8

There are fifteen possible solutions:

9,185+35,891=45,076

9,185+25,891=35,076

9,364+14,693=24,057

9,184+24,891=34,075

9,183+53,891=63,074

9,182+52,891=62,073

9,182+42,891=52,073

9,761+21,697=31,458

9,741+51,497=61,238

9,631+41,396=51,027

9,581+21,895=31,476

9,541+71,495=81,036

9,381+51,893=61,274

9,361+71,693=81,054

9,271+41,792=51,063

Cryptarithm Challenge 9

There are ten possible solutions:

4,359+8,208=12,567

5,609+8,428=14,037

4,789+6,036=10,825

7,829+6,406=14,235

7,809+4,254=12,063

4,258+9,309=13,567

9,268+5,405=14,673

6,274+9,509=15,783

8,053+6,476=14,529

3,562+7,087=10,649

Cryptarithm Challenge 10

There are fourteen possible solutions:

37,409+15,289=52,698

17,409+35,289=52,698

47,209+16,389=63,598

17,209+46,389=63,598

70,536+18,926=89,462

10,536+78,926=89,462

73,645+19,205=92,850

13,645+79,205=92,850

51,682+39,042=90,724

31,682+59,042=90,724

40,691+37,821=78,512

30,691+47,821=78,512

47,091+38,521=85,612

37,091+48,521=85,612

Chapter 18: Word Logic

Dr. Rational Challenge 1

Dr. Rational likes seven, because if the first letter of seven is removed another word is formed.

Dr. Rational Challenge 2

Dr. Rational likes Bridget, because Bridget ends with the letter t.

Dr. Rational Challenge 3

Dr. Rational likes evil, because evil spells a word when reversed (live).

Dr. Rational Challenge 4

Dr. Rational likes saws, because saws contains the letter w.

Dr. Rational Challenge 5

Dr. Rational likes noon, because noon begins with two letters that are consecutive in the alphabet.

Dr. Rational Challenge 6

Dr. Rational likes anagrams, because anagrams has three a's.

Dr. Rational Challenge 7

Dr. Rational likes cherries, because cherries contains the word her.

Dr. Rational Challenge 8

Dr. Rational likes Ohio, because Ohio begins and ends with the same letter.

Dr. Rational Challenge 9

Dr. Rational likes tales, because tales is an anagram of the word stale.

Dr. Rational Challenge 10

Dr. Rational likes hymns, because hymns contains y used as a vowel.

Dr. Rational Challenge 11

Dr. Rational likes cookbooks, because cookbooks has a letter used four times.

Dr. Rational Challenge 12

Dr. Rational likes audiotape, because audiotape has all of these letters: a, e, i, o, and u.

Dr. Rational Challenge 13

Dr. Rational likes Ann, because Ann uses only two letters.

Dr. Rational Challenge 14

Dr. Rational likes augite, because augite starts with an abbreviation for a month.

Dr. Rational Challenge 15

Dr. Rational likes cute, because if the last letter of cute is removed another word is formed.

Letter States Challenge 1

Ohio

Letter States Challenge 2

Oregon

Letter States Challenge 3

Kansas

Letter States Challenge 4

Illinois

Letter States Challenge 5

Vermont

Letter States Challenge 6

Idaho

Letter States Challenge 7

Nevada

Letter States Challenge 8

Montana

Letter States Challenge 9

Alaska

Letter States Challenge 10

Arizona

Letter States Challenge 11

Colorado

Letter States Challenge 12

Texas

Chapter 19: The Riddler

Riddle of the Sphinx

A man who crawls as a child, walks upright in his prime, and uses a cane in old age.

Ends in -GRY

Language, because it is the third word in the phrase “the English language.”

Children

The stars

Sings

A bell

Lawyer, Soldier, Sailor

Yvan, a reversal of the word navy

Fishermen

The fisherman had been infected with lice. The lice that they caught were picked off and left behind, and the lice that they did not catch were unwittingly carried away.

Begin and End

The letter e.

Long and Short

Time

Flying

Smoke

Touch Me

Heart

Three Letters

Few

Waves Over Me

Oyster

Related

“That man” is my son.

Behead

Stable

Devoured

Candle

The Rich Require

Nothing

Two and Two

A kiss

A Breed Unfit

Mule

Breathe

Bellows

Sixty

A woman in labor with twins

Never and Always

Tomorrow

Strange Indeed

A drum

Airy Creatures

Vowels

Eat

Time

Clamorous

A vacuum cleaner

A Yellow Fork

Lightning

Play

Musicians

Suspended in Air

The letter i

Under the Sea

An anchor

Up and Down

everything is under control

man overboard

long underwear

Neighbors

life after death

he's beside himself

I'm bigger than you

Within

the inside scoop

a big fish in a small pond

a stitch in time

Backwords

glance backwards

he ran backwards and forwards

looking backwards over the years

Double

paradise

all in all

despair

Broken

a house divided

scrambled eggs

coffee break

Sports

tennis shoes (ten issues)

out in leftfield

double dribble

Letters Only

water (H to O)

anemone (an M and E)

noel (No L)

Phraseology

I'm overworked and underpaid.

Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me.

It's a small world after all.

Stuck Key

The Andes

excuse

Tennessee

Chapter 20: Advanced Challenges

Hemingway Books

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • A Farewell to Arms

Rodgers and Hammerstein

  • State Fair

  • The Sound of Music

  • South Pacific

1980s Television Shows

  • The Dukes of Hazzard

  • The Love Boat

  • Little House on the Prairie

Elvis Presley Songs

  • “Return To Sender”

  • “Love Me Tender”

  • “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Harrison Ford Movies

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Clear and Present Danger

  • Air Force One

Multiple Transaddition Challenge 1

  • cats

  • tacos

  • actors

  • coaster

  • ancestor

Multiple Transaddition Challenge 2

  • rose

  • horse

  • chores

  • roaches

  • poachers

Multiple Transaddition Challenge 3

  • care

  • trace

  • nectar

  • certain

  • clarinet

Multiple Transaddition Challenge 4

  • life

  • rifle

  • filter

  • trifles

  • filberts

Multiple Transaddition Challenge 5

  • cent

  • scent

  • insect

  • clients

  • stencils

TICKET to TRAINS

TICKET, PICKET, PICKED, PECKED, PEAKED, BEAKED, BRAKED, BRACED, TRACED, TRACES, TRACTS, TRAITS, TRAINS

FASTER to SLOWER

FASTER, FESTER, FEATER, FEARER, FEARED, FLARED, FLAWED, FLOWED, FLOWER, SLOWER

CROOKS to CRIMES

CROOKS, CROCKS, CRICKS, PRICKS, PRICES, PRIMES, CRIMES

GOLFER to SPORTS

GOLFER, WOLFER, WOOFER, HOOFER, HOOKER, COOKER, CHOKER, CHOKES, CHORES, SHORES, SPORES, SPORTS

LISTEN to BUGLER

LISTEN, LISTER, LITTER, BITTER, BUTTER, BUTLER, BUGLER

Sequence: ESSO

accessories, accessorize, accessory, aggressor, assessor, compressor, confessor, coprocessor, depressor, dispossessor, espresso, intercessor, intercessory, lesson, lessor, microprocessor, multiprocessor, oppressor, possessor, predecessor, processor, professor, professorial, professorially, professorship, repressor, stressor, successor, suppressor, transgressor

Sequence: RASE

catchphrase, erase, erased, eraser, esterase, extrasensory, paraphrase, paraphrased, paraphraser, phrase, phrased, phraseless, phrasemaker, phraseologist, phraseology, polymerase, rephrase

Sequence: EASU

admeasure, countermeasure, countermeasures, displeasure, immeasurable, immeasurableness, immeasurably, measurability, measurable, measurably, measure, measured, measureless, measurement, measurer, measures, measuring, pleasurable, pleasurably, pleasure, treasure, treasured, treasurer, treasuries, treasuring, treasury, unmeasurable, unmeasured

Sequence: ENCI

agencies, commencing, conferencing, constituencies, contingencies, currencies, dependencies, emergencies, encipher, encircle, encircled, encirclement, encircling, experiencing, fencing, frequencies, influencing, pencil, penciled, penciling, presidencies, sentencing, sequencing, silencing, stencil, stenciled, stenciler, stenciling, teleconferencing, tendencies, videoconferencing

Sequence: NDAR

boundaries, boundary, calendar, gendarme, gendarmerie, legendary, mandarin, nonstandard, quandaries, quandary, secondaries, secondarily, secondary, standard, standardization, standardize, standardized, standards, substandard

Sequence: EALI

appealing, appealingly, concealing, congealing, corporeality, dealing, dealings, ethereality, healing, idealism, idealist, idealistic, ideality, idealization, idealize, idealized, idealizing, pealing, realign, realism, realist, realistic, realistically, reality, realizable, realization, realize, realized, realizer, realizing, repealing, revealing, sealing, squealing, stealing, surrealism, surrealist, surrealistic, unappealing, unappealingly, unrealistic, unrealistically, unreality, unrealizable, unrealized

Quintuplets Challenge 1

FIRE: fireworks, wildfire, fireman, campfire, crossfire

Quintuplets Challenge 2

HOT: hotbed, hot plate, hotcake, red-hot, hotwire

Quintuplets Challenge 3

STAR: starfish, starlight, superstar, starship, stargaze

Quintuplets Challenge 4

FALL: nightfall, fallback, pitfall, fallout, waterfall

Quintuplets Challenge 5

MEAL: piecemeal, mealtime, cornmeal, mealworm, oatmeal

Spaceless Cryptoquote Challenge 1

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.

— Harry S Truman

Spaceless Cryptoquote Challenge 2

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

— Thomas Jefferson

Spaceless Cryptoquote Challenge 3

Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.

— Richard M. Nixon

Spaceless Cryptoquote Challenge 4

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

— Ronald Reagan

Spaceless Cryptoquote Challenge 5

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.

— George Washington

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