In each of these 20 problems, underline the two words that are most similar in meaning, or write them on your scratch paper. Guess if you are not sure of the answer. Get ready...

1. ambulate ambuscade walk run

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2. confluence foresight prescience recumbent

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3. cynic faultfinder pessimist stoic

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4. confessor dumulcent gallate priest

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5. glissade moorhen relucent shining

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6. glucose meager pennon sugar

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7. chill furbelow predict vaticinate

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8. demission exorbitant jeepney resignation

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9. axiom consanguinity maxim queen

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10. erstwhile former hammock nonsense

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11. bluff canvass debate isomerase

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12. dreary epidural gloomy martyry

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13. derringer edulcorate pistol preliterate

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14. altitude cassia elevation papillon

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15. daub endear kolkhoz plaster

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16. anserine clement sandbag stun

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17. blue burg cerulean cordate

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18. deontic entwined hebetate obligatory

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19. howdah irreal littoral seashore

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20. conidium debacle disk planchet

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For problems 21-25, 2 words are outside of a set of brackets with spaces. Each of the words on the outside is a synonym of a word that can be made by filling in the blanks in the brackets. A word can be made for the word on the left of the brackets, and a different one can be made for the word on the right of the brackets. The 2 words that can be made are homophones of one another. That is, they sound the same, but are different in spelling and meaning. Example:

Birds (---L) Disgusting

The answers are FOWL and FOUL.

21. Fly (-O--) Tender

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22. Bucket (-A--) Wan

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23. Drill (-O--) Peasant

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24. Wail (---L) Globe

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25. Passageway (-L--) Floated

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These 18 problems conceal 4 words that, when read together, describe what you'll (hopefully) find at Puzz.com. Each problem looks something like this:

A time telling device : A device that keeps portals securely closed (first, 5).

The "first" and "5" in parenthesis indicate that the first definition given describes a 5 letter word. After removing 1 letter from somewhere in the first word, you can arrive at a word that means the same as the second definition that is given. In the example I just gave you, the answers are CLOCK and LOCK. Because "first" was in parenthesis, you would now take the first letter of the first word, "C," and write it down. If the parenthesis had contained "second" and "4," you would instead write "L." You would also have known that the second word had 4 letters, & the first word had 5 letters. When you have completed all of the puzzles, the letters you have written down will spell out the 4 words that are the solution to the puzzle. I hope you have fun with these brain teasers!


26. Something that flickers : Renown (first, 5).

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27. Count : A pigment (second, 5).

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28. You can be an aunt or uncle to one of these : Minutely accurate (first, 5).

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29. A type of thief : Talk too much (second, 5).

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30. Not suitable : A component part (first, 5).

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31. Ionized form of oxygen : A region (second, 4).

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32. The name of an ancient Greek philosopher : A Buddhist school (first, 4).

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33. A weapon employed by knights : A rural road or path (second, 4).

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34. An Australian bird : A letter of the Greek alphabet (first, 3).

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35. A cloud form extending over a large area : Position (second, 6).

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36. Senile : The longest river in the world (first, 5).

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37. A sound : Something found on the face (second, 4).

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38. A Greek word for "the people" : A demonstration (first, 5).

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39. Increase : An alcoholic drink (second, 3).

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40. A furred cape or hood : More than one small rodent (first, 5).

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41. An augury : More than one man (second, 3).

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42. An agent sent on a diplomatic mission : Ill will and jealousy (first, 5).

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43. Dinner : Of high quality (second, 5).

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Here's a few short teasers for you to solve. You've probably seen puzzles like these in a few places that use equal signs, and these really aren't much different. A few of these have probably appeared in other places before, but many of these are surely original. An example would probably serve better than an explanation: 26 L in the A. Answer: 26 letters in the alphabet. Some of the puzzles are taken from famous quotes, movie titles, and other sources. Many of them are easy, but a few are quite difficult! See how many you can solve.


44. 12 I in a F

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45. 365 D in a Y

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46. 2's C, 3's a C

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47. 101 D

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48. 7 D S

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49. 7 W of the W

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50. 12 D of C

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51. 99 B of B on the W

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52. P 76ers

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53. The 5th E

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54. 50 S on the A F

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55. The O 13 C of A

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56. C 22

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57. 52 C in a D

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58. G your K on R 66

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59. The 7th V of S

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60. 12 M in a Y

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61. 18 H on a G C

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62. 6 0's in a M

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63. 4 S and 7 Y A

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64. 14 D in a F

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65. 100 Y in a C

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66. 1000 Y in a M

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67. The 4 H of the A

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68. 4 W and a F

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69. 12 S of the Z

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70. 6 D of S

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71. 31 D in O

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72. 92 is the A N of U

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73. 3600 S in an H

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This next 40 questions is to some extent a parody of some tests (many of which are used by various high IQ societies) that purportedly measure high level mental abilities by using questions that consist almost entirely of obscure words like these. Still, if you can score high, it would seem likely that you are pretty smart; but if you don't score high, don't be discouraged, as I take all of the "legitimate" tests out there with a grain of salt. So for this test, you might as well use the entire shaker.... Try to determine which definition is the real one for each of the words given on the 20 problems below, & write the letter for each definition on a sheet of paper.


74. paraclete

A. A bird that is noteworthy because of its inability to avoid being stepped on.

B. A dentist's assistant.

C. A lawyer's assistant.

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75. mingy

A. Imperceptible

B. Failing miserably.

C. Selfish and mean.

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76. waniand

A. The waning of the moon and the bad luck sometimes associated with it.

B. A pale ox.

C. An instance serving to illustrate or explain.

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77. piscatology

A. The study of fish.

B. The science of fishing.

C. The study of feline urine.

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78. storaine

A. Rendered breathless, as from fright, astonishment, etc.

B. A synthetic substitute for cocaine used as an anaesthetic in spinal surgery.

C. A mistaken belief or perception.

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79. narthex

A. A covered entranceway to a church.

B. Medication that aids in the regulation of sleep habits.

C. A vestibule or anteroom.

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80. boletus

A. A variety of wild mushroom.

B. A sweet, flavored liquor.

C. A ripple, as in a lake or pond.

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81. tarpon

A. A spear used for fishing by some coastal villagers.

B. A small fishing ship.

C. A large, edible fresh-water fish.

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82. cocket

A. A document ensuring that a merchant's goods have been checked by a customs officer.

B. A license to carry poultry out of a country.

C. A severed abdominal pain.

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83. mandrill

A. A hand held tool used for excavation.

B. A ferocious baboon with a deep blue face and a bright red bottom.

C. A small barracks.

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84. screeve

A. A high-pitched screeching sound.

B. To draw pictures on a sidewalk for money.

C. An attachment on airplane wings that shakes off ice.

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85. bummalo

A. A small dried fish used in chutney relish.

B. A variety of flying fish.

C. An emblem or token.

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86. liblab

A. A worker who was pro union in the 19th century.

B. A specially designed office used to recreate crime scenes.

C. A book that treats a particular technological subject.

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87. modoc

A. A jester in the Festival of Fools, which was popular in Renaissance England.

B. A person in a carnival game who lets people try to hit him with balls.

C. Confused doggerel.

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88. abandannad

A. A pickpocket who steals scarves and kerchiefs.

B. A small, but swiftly flowing stream.

C. A card game (renamed) that is believed to have originated in China during the Ming Dynasty.

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89. therblig

A. A school of Natural Healing that promotes certain herbs and exercise.

B. A time and motion study invented by F.B. Gilbreth, (word is anagram of name).

C. A house of ill repute.

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90. jerque

A. A male mannequin.

B. To search for things that have been smuggled.

C. An alternate spelling for a dance that was popular during the 1950's.

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91. popination

A. The process by which opium is manufactured.

B. Bar hopping.

C. The hurling of a football to the ground after a touchdown.

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92. bdellometer

A. An early instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure, invented by Barton Dell.

B. A tuning fork.

C. A mechanical leech.

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93. pilgarlic

A. A garlic tablet.

B. The greenish blue plume worn by Spanish soldiers during the Inquisition.

C. A person with a bald head that resembles a peeled garlic clove.

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94. carmagnole

A. A lively song often accompanied by street dancing, popular during the French Revolution.

B. A disease of the liver that is in many cases terminal.

C. A type of derby that was worn in the late nineteenth century and originated in England.

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95. spatung

A. A sea urchin.

B. A snow crab.

C. A shrewish woman.

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96. nautch

A. A waterproof watch that is safe at great depths undersea.

B. A type of ancient hut.

C. A chorus line in India of nautch girls.

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97. mantelet

A. A small shelf above a fireplace.

B. A bulletproof screen.

C. A Norwegian soldier.

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98. sardoodledum

A. A gadfly

B. A type of radish

C. A melodrama

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99. mahout

A. A metal boomerang with extremely sharp edges.

B. A prehistoric reptile with pointed tusks.

C. An elephant driver.

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100. camisole

A. A container used to carry water or wine over long distances.

B. A short sleeveless garment for women.

C. A boastful, swaggering person.

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101. lagan

A. Short, thin, diagonally cut tubular pasta.

B. A special gift or donation.

C. Goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so that they may be found again.

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102. cymatium

A. A crowning molding in classic architecture.

B. The angle between an aircraft supporting surface (as a wing) and a horizontal transverse line.

C. A small chamber or cavity especially in a plant or animal body.

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103. hoplite

A. A circle dance of Romania and Israel.

B. A heavily armed infantry soldier of ancient Greece.

C. A spittoon.

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104. preterist

A. An architectual housing model.

B. An appetizer.

C. A person who enjoys reliving past memories.

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105. pignus

A. The waning light from a flickering flame.

B. Someone who enjoys language games.

C. Property held as collateral against a debt.

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106. nictitate

A. A very wealthy man.

B. Medical treatment using aloe and other healing herbs.

C. To flirt by winking the eye.

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107. thesicle

A. A type of one-horse sleigh.

B. A small thesis or proposition.

C. A variety of Asian buzzard.

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108. gawf

A. A shiny red apple.

B. A laugh that is accompanied by coughing.

C. A slow burning fuse that is used in underground explosions.

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109. schesis

A. A variety of skunk.

B. That which sometimes follows Synthesis in a Hegelian model.

C. To make fun of people's accents and mannerisms.

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110. kinnikinnik

A. A gambling game played with three small cups and a ball.

B. A young palm tree.

C. Indian smoking substance made from tree bark.

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111. sindon

A. The tissue between the front and back legs of a flying squirrel that aids in flight.

B. A poisonous weed.

C. A book cover made of linen.

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112. yashmak

A. An Indian biscuit.

B. An intense argument.

C. A face-veil worn by women of Moslem countries.

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113. kilhig

A. Dysentery.

B. In logging, a short pole used to direct the way a tree will fall.

C. As sharp as nails.

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Each of the following puzzles consists of a list of six words. You must decide which two of the words in each list are most similar in meaning. Some of the puzzles use obscure words, or obscure definitions. Example: Did you know that one of the meanings of the word NICE is "minutely accurate"? You have done quite well if you can answer six or more of these problems correctly, & if you answer more then ten correctly, you get an A+ on this quiz. 

114. wing fatalistic pungle pennon knish tenuto

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115. free divest jugate chape squalid filar

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116. scurrilous congener gaggle magneton cluster junta

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117. gift eparchy cine exsiccate unlade dry

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118. repast disclimax cupule amorous lovesome portative

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119. telepathy expressive revulsion epazote restoral withdrawal

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120. polyclonal harken cushat echoing syzygy resonant

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121. refute flapper miter lithic uptake comprehension

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122. muleta laical programmed postlude secular withy

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123. redeem fulfill massacre idealize perpetuate brant

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124. cushy mechanistic encumber clog nervous mouton

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125. einkorn crikey harrow slog torment lien

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126. efficacious subserve stream freshet rifle formant

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127. hirsute extended cycadeoid measly lingo hairy

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128. long righteous supersubstantial criollo gibbous sesquipedalian

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129. letch ineffable mescal hydrosere taboo dodder

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130. Aymara Polabian Sukkoth Dionysus Bacchus Ceres

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131. naught vibrissa match paragon sudser repulse

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132. russet neomycin erudite monish warn squaw

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133. matte maneuver sterling demarche proboscis volant

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Some of the students in Mr. Joshua's class have submitted incorrect definitions to the words on a vocabulary test. See if you can figure out what the 20 words were by studying the flawed definitions. The number that follows the definition is the number of letters in the word. When you're finished, you can use the scale below to rank yourself. Because some of the words are quite obscure, you are encouraged to use a good dictionary & any other resources. Have fun!

134. A constantly roaming individual who is never angry (5).

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135. A guy who wears a Scottish cap (9).

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136. A cursed strongbox (9).

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137. Falsely causing sweat (9).

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138. Very small plants & animals in an area (5).

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139. To put back into sets of two (6).

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140. The right to drop anchor (8).

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141. To drug an encased explosive (8).

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142. An animal that excretes a fluid used in some writing tools (4).

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143. The desire of an ill-tempered woman (8).

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144. An insect that makes prolonged musical sounds (6).

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145. To simultaneously avoid & pursue (5).

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146. To shoot at someone from the bushes (9).

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147. A fish that tastes like an onion (7).

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148. To get back in bed (5).

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149. Someone from planet Trif (8).

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150. The helmet that is worn by riot police (6).

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151. The amount, but in pennies only (7).

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152. To construct a hill of sand (8).

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153. A friend of two friends (5).

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See how many of these punzzles you can solve. What's a punzzle? It's a puzzle that is a play on a well known saying, title or term.

Example: sprained ankle + "you're ugly!"

The answer is adding insult to injury. Many punzzles play on the positions of words and letters, as well as their sounds, as you will see from the following.

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No, these puzzles do not involve the Queen of Hearts or Alice in Wonderland! Puzzles 1-20 each describe a different word; puzzles 21-40 also describe different words, but each word was made by removing the first letters from the answers to 1-20. Example: if one of the puzzles in the first set is listed as "A path," you might guess that the answer is TRAIL. One of the puzzles in the second set might be "A metal bar used to form a track for a vehicle." The answer to this would be RAIL. Every word in the first set appears headless in the second set, but not in any particular order (e.g. the answer to puzzle 21 is not necessarily the headless version of the answer to puzzle 1). If the answers you're coming up with don't seem to quite "fit," you've probably come up with the wrong answer(s). The answers are on this page. If you can solve more than 20 of these puzzles, I believe you'd make the Queen of Puzzledom proud. Happy puzzling!

178. The name of Hester's daughter in The Scarlet Letter.

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179. A concave container for food.

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180. A long, narrow band of flexible material.

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181. Idle away time.

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182. Not deep.

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183. A prime number.

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184. A suppurating sore on the skin.

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185. Await settlement.

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186. Something that will create sparks when struck against steel.

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187. A representative specimen.

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188. Order or rank.

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189. A slight break.

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190. Something that connects.

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191. A short remaining piece.

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192. Develop by cultivation.

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193. An airship.

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194. An affectedly modest individual.

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195. Rise slowly.

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196. A spinachlike vegetable.

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197. Ordinary language.

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198. A lout.

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199. Copious.

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200. A nocturnal person.

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201. A vessel for bathing.

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202. A large branch of a tree.

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203. A stand for holding articles.

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204. A mimic.

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205. A light crimson color.

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206. Primitive.

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207. A girl.

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208. An upper limb of the body.

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209. Unyielding.

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210. Regarded as sacred.

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211. Walk with noticeable difficulty.

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212. A British nobleman.

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213. A fluid used to reduce friction in engines.

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214. Equal.

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215. A fluid used for writing.

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216. Small bits of thread or fiber.

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217. An outermost boundary.

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Each of these puzzles consists of some letters that are strung together and are the initials for an organization, person, legislation, etc. The initials are followed by the category for what the initials represent. Try to figure out what each set of initials stands for. If you can answer more than 10 of these correctly, you've done extremely well!


218. SNL (TV show)

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219. LBJ (person)

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220. PLO (organization)

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221. TWA (company)

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222. FBI (organization)

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223. CIA (organization)

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224. BLT (food)

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225. REM (phenomenon)

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226. TLC (thing)

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227. ERA (legislation)

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228. NBA (organization)

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229. IRA (finances)

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230. IRA (organization)

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231. NRA (organization)

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232. NAFTA (legislation)

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233. OPEC (organization)

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234. LSD (drug)

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235. ASVAB (test)

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236. NOW (organization)

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237. A.D. (time)

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