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Twisted Word Puzzle #9

Here’s a twist on my word quizzes. I’ve listed 12 groups with five words each. Your job is to choose the category  in which the words belong.

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature,that was its name.  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. ~ Genesis 2:19-20 (NIV)

  1. bine, drupe, glume, rhizome, and spidix – a) parts of a plant; b) types of poisons; c) plastic components; d) related to the belly of an aircraft
  2. durmast, garry, banksian, bull, and mugho – a) ancient pavilions; b) architectural moldings; c) parts of a sailing vessel; d) Canadian oaks and pines
  3. abra, bonnet, cowrie, horn, lion’s paw, and turret – a) farming tools; b) seashell collection; c) jeweler designs; d) Middle East hieroglyphs
  4. danbo, esrom, mysost, sprinz, and tilsit – a) types of cheese; b) unflattering Welsh terms for the under educated; c) types of grass popular in cattle ranges; d) middle age salves and potions
  5. axminster, beck, denier, kuster, and velva – a) foreign nicknames for buttocks; b) types of beer; c) carpet terminology; d) English royalty titles
  6. cameo, daisy, doric, spiral, and royal lace – a) types of depression glass; b) notable snowflake shapes; d) stitches used in weaving; d) terms used in jewelry-making
  7. John Astin, Art Carney, Ethel Merman, Cliff Robertson,  and Shelley Winters – a) actors in the first Titanic movie ; b) actors all related to at least one US president;  c) actors who appeared on TV’s Batman; d) actors who appeared on Sesame Street
  8. Brazos, Maumee, Neches, Owyhee, and Yadkin – a) US rivers; b) towns in Oklahoma; c) villages in Argentina; d) names of African tribes
  9. calf’s head, honeycomb, lozenge, rondelle, and scissors – a) types of caves; b) street names for illegal drugs; c) a variety of high wire circus acts; d) types of gem stone cuts
  10. Aquila, Cepheus, Dorado, Fornax, and Indus – a) Big Band record labels; b) types of constellations; c) names of theaters in Athens, Greece; d) brands of Mediterranean cigarettes
  11. curlew, drongo, grandala, hoopoe, and yuhina – a) Native American hand tools; b) birds found in Chinac) Brazilian dances;  d) Asian children’s games
  12. alforja, canniken, growler, kylix, and toby – a) types of fish found in the Southern Ocean; b) types of containers; c) Cockney words that describe a layabout; d) parts of the Hubble telescope

thinking capHave you chosen the correct category? If so, how many of the 5 words had you heard before? Scroll down to see how you did.

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. ~ James 3:7-12 (NLT)

Here are the correct answers.

  1. bine, drupe, glume, rhizome, and spidix – a) parts of a plant
  2. durmast, garry, banksian, bull, and mugho – d) Canadian oaks and pines
  3. abra, bonnet, cowrie, horn, lion’s paw, and turret – b) seashell collection
  4. danbo, esrom, mysost, sprinz, and tilsit – a) types of cheese
  5. axminster, beck, denier, kuster, and velva – c) carpet terminology
  6. cameo, daisy, doric, spiral, and royal lace – a) types of depression glass
  7. John Astin, Art Carney, Ethel Merman, Cliff Robertson,  and Shelley Winters – c) actors who appeared on TV’s Batman
  8. Brazos, Maumee, Neches, Owyhee, and Yadkin – a) US rivers
  9. calf’s head, honeycomb, lozenge, rondelle, and scissors – d) types of gem stone cuts
  10. Aquila, Cepheus, Dorado, Fornax, and Indus – b) types of constellations
  11. curlew, drongo, grandala, hoopoe, and yuhina – b) birds found in China
  12. alforja, canniken, growler, kylix, and toby – b) types of containers

 

How did you do?

10-12  May I call you in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep?

07-09 When you speak, do blank faces stare back at you?

04-06 My kind of person!

00-03  I don’t think you’re trying very hard.


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Twelve Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #6

Marsha-Thinking-Cap-200Many of the words I chose are from The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. ~ Proverbs 2:10-11 (NIV)

  1. alexia – a) automated procedure; b) written material;  c) respiratory condition; d) architectural detail
  2. clerestory – a) type of window; b) cleric’s quarters; c) talkative; d) clearing house
  3. echopraxia – a) practice of echocardiograms; b) uncontrollable mimicking; c) art of yodeling; d) military maneuver
  4. glaciate – a) freeze; b) sink; c) glad-handing; d) make wide at the bottom
  5. lentiginous – a) contentious; b) freckled or speckled; c) liable; d) originating in a certain region
  6. maculate – a) impure; b) manly; c) eye condition; d) sterile or clean
  7. nobby – a) light-hearted; b) boney; c) pimple-faced; d) fashionable
  8. osculate – a) rotate; b) kiss; c) debate; d) insert breathing tube
  9. potable — a) able to be transported; b) plants that grow best in pots; c) type of Irish potato; d) fit or suitable for drinking
  10. rip-rap – a) lower class; b) material used to protect a slope; c) type of sail; d) brand of of bubble wrap
  11. salariat – a) employees; b) a lasso expert; c) toastmaster; d) dental suction tool
  12. tuft-hunter – a) upholsterer; b) furrier; c) hanger-on; d) hound dog

    thinking capHave you chosen the correct definition? Can you use the words in a sentence? Scroll down to see how you did.

    The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools. The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~ Proverbs 16:21-24 (NIV)

    Here are the correct answers.

    1. b) written material
    2. a) type of window
    3. b) uncontrollable mimicking
    4. a) freeze
    5. b) freckled or speckled
    6. a) impure
    7. d) fashionable
    8. b) kiss
    9. d) fit or suitable for drinking
    10. b) material used to protect a slope
    11. a) employees
    12. c) hanger-on

      Jumping for joy over your score?

      10-12  Did you spend your entire childhood alone in your room reading the Oxford English Dictionary?

      07-09  Many of your friends just pretend to know what you’re talking about.

      04-06  You’re a better guesser than most.

      00-03  You are monosyllabic like me.


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      12 Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #3

      Marsha-Thinking-Cap-200

      The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Psalm 1:7 (NIV)

      This vocabulary quiz is based on The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

      1. a-nile:  A) yellowing; B) senile; C) type of cat; D) fussy
      2. bos-ky:  A) musty; B) pushy; C) woody; D) bulky
      3. con-a-tion: A) type of flower; B) motivation; C) tarnation; D) trickery
      4. frab-jous: A) joyous; B) chubby jowls; C) difficult; D) pliable
      5. gon-iff: A) gun moll; B) sexually transmitted disease; C) English bakery; D) pianist
      6. ir-re-frag-a-ble:  A) untouchable; B) irresistible; C) unquestionable; D) broken beyond repair
      7. jo-cos-i-ty: A) joke; B) curiosity; C) warmth;  D) predictable
      8. par-o-no-ma-sia: A) sleep deprivation; B) umbrella manufacturing; C) magic trick; D) pun
      9. re-lict: A) change of mind; B) condense; C) artifact; D) widow
      10. sa-pi-ent: A) saturated; B) wise; C) type of snake; D) overweight
      11. wag-gish: A) stout; B) limping; C) temperamental; D) witty
      12. zeph-yr:  A) gemstone; B) a slight wind; C) hot air balloon; D) clown-mobile

      Have you circled the correct answers? But can you use them in a sentence? Scroll down to see how you did.

      His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  ~ 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

      Answers:

      1. B) senile
      2. C) woody
      3. B) motivation
      4. A) joyous
      5. A) gun moll
      6. C) unquestionable
      7. A) joke
      8. D) pun
      9. D) widow
      10. B) wise
      11. D) witty
      12. B) a slight wind

      For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. ~ Proverbs 2:10 (NIV)

      Happy with your score?

      • 10-12  Yikes! I’m glad I’m not conversing with you.
      • 07-09  I imagine you would do well on Jeopardy.
      • 04-06  It must be agony for you to watch TLC.
      • 00-03  Call me sometime. We can practice our one syllable words.