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Word Puzzle [Dec. 7th, 2008|09:38 pm]
Nicodemus
Every now and then I get in the mood to do a little word puzzle and the rest of you just have to suffer. ;)

Post with your answers (I'm trusting you'll reply without first reading the existing ones) or with any comments. No screening so that you can check your answers against everyone else. Enjoy!

Directions: Each clue has two missing words that go in the blanks. One of these words is the other word but with an "S" added to it. The "S" can be added to the first or second word and it's never just forming a plural.

For example: "Depending on breeding, a rat can be a pet or a peSt."

Clues:

1. The number ___ isn't ___.
2. The kid ___ his toy somewhere in the vacant ___ by his house.
3. I ___ when I ___ too much stubble.
4. I heard about the drug ___ ___ I wasn't there.
5. He's bi and thus has ___ of both ___.
6. I purchased a ___ and a ___ at the nursery.
7. If you're bald and paranoid about high winds, ___ your wig on your ___.
8. I don't expect a ___ of wind that strong, but that's just my ___ feeling.
9. My transplanted tree took ___ and a bunch of birds ___ in it.
10. When I ___, the ___ on my watch loosens.
11. It was hard to see the ___ in the ___ morning light.
12. The zoo next to the church had an escapee; they recaptured the ___ in the ___.
13. That I never learned fancy card games like ___ bothers me not a ___.
14. A ride from Lexington to Boston could be called a "___ ___."

Bonus Round: More than one "S"

15. Between his lascivious looks and clumsy passes, the ___ was the ___ annoyance.
16. Solar cycles don't affect houseplants; there's no need to ___ during ___ activity.
17. No need to ___ him about going to the doctor when he looks so ___.
18. When the band went fishing, the ___ supplied the ___.
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: timberwoof
2008-12-08 06:57 am (UTC)

Fun!

I got some of them. I'm going to wimp out on solving the rest because it's late.

1. The number seven isn't even.
2. The kid lost his toy somewhere in the vacant lot by his house.
3. I shave when I have too much stubble.
7. If you're bald and paranoid about high winds, paste your wig on your pate.
8. I don't expect a gust of wind that strong, but that's just my gut feeling.
9. My transplanted tree took root and a bunch of birds roost in it.
10. When I trap, the strap on my watch loosens.
13. That I never learned fancy card games like wist bothers me not a wit.

16. Solar cycles don't affect houseplants; there's no need to unpot during sunspot activity.
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[User Picture]From: foofers
2008-12-08 07:06 am (UTC)
1) seven/even
2) lost/lot
3) shave/have
4) bust/but
5) exes/sexes
6) hoe/hose? post/pot?
7) paste/pate
8) gust/gut
9) root/roost
10) clap/clasp?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-08 07:47 am (UTC)
I was thinking of "hose/hoe" but "post/pot" also works. Kudos!

And "clap/clasp" was indeed the intended answer for #10.
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[User Picture]From: qatar
2008-12-08 07:21 am (UTC)
1. seven/even
2. lost/lot
3. shave/have
4. bust/but
5. exes/sexes (love it!)
6. pot/post??
7. paste/pate
8. gust/gut
9. root/roost
10. crew/screw? seems dubious but it's all i can think of
11.
12. ape/apse
13. whist/whit
14.
15.
16. unpot/sunspot
17.
18. bassist[s]/bait

Still working on the others
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-08 07:49 am (UTC)
Great start! #10 isn't right (but foofers guessed it above). And good job getting #12 and #18; those were my favorites. :)

For #6 I was thinking "hose/hoe" but "post/pot" works, too. Kudos!
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[User Picture]From: qatar
2008-12-08 07:50 am (UTC)
I saw foofers' post after I posted, and both his/her 6 and 10 made more sense than mine.

5 and 12 were my favorites.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2008-12-08 07:47 am (UTC)
I got them all! Although I had to use twisted logic and make up words for some of them.

1. seven, even
2. lost, lot
3. shave, have
4. bust, but
5. exes, sexes
6. pot, post?
7. paste, pate
8. gust, gut
9. root, roost
10. trap, strap?
11. swan, wan
12. snake, nake (a nake is the part of the church that people store clothes in, hence the term 'naked'.)
13. whist, whit
14. ubway, subway (U.B. stands for "up ta bahston")

15. kissing, kiing
16. unpot, sunspot
17. needle, needless?
18. bassist, bait
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-08 07:54 am (UTC)
I knew that if I posted a word puzzle a KT comment wouldn't be long coming...

Nice job getting #11! In fact, I like all of your answers (even the ones that didn't precisely match my intended solutions) enough that I'll give you credit for special linguaphilic creativity. :D
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2008-12-08 09:13 am (UTC)
Ié!

[sings a victory song]
We are the champagnes, with bread
And we'll keep on writing in the shed
We are the Champlains, we are the champignons
No chimes for Hoosiers
'Cause we are the Champollions...
Of the worrrrrrrrrrms
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[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2008-12-08 08:38 am (UTC)
12 could also be ape and apse
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[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2008-12-08 08:42 am (UTC)
Looks like everyone got all the others, but 14 is REVERSE REVERE.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2008-12-08 08:50 am (UTC)
1. seven - even
2. lost - lot
3. shave - have
4. bust - but
5. exes - sexes
6. hoe - hose
7. paste - pate
8. gust - gut
9. root - roost
10. clap - clasp
11. swan - wan
12. ape - apse
13. whist - whit
14. strip - trip
15.
16. unpot - sunspot
17.
18. bassist - bait

Yes, I know, they've been guessed already, and #14 is apparently wrong, but I'm posting this anyway. Just try and stop me!

EDIT:
15. leer - lesser
17. hassle - hale

Edited at 2008-12-08 09:09 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: penh
2008-12-08 09:11 am (UTC)
And this came up in my brain while I was puzzling away:

Depending on the witch doctor's mood, you can end up either _____ or _____.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2008-12-08 10:03 am (UTC)
cured, cursed?
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[User Picture]From: penh
2008-12-08 07:42 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-12-08 09:44 pm (UTC)
That's a good one! Cool.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2008-12-08 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Say, any of you puzzly folks around here familiar with P&A Magazine? It's an on-line bi-monthly puzzle magazine featuring a bunch of puzzles with answers that lead to the solution of an overall meta puzzles. You gotta pay for it, but it's worth it, and it would be neat to have some folks to compare answers with. :)
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[User Picture]From: gatcat
2008-12-08 09:30 am (UTC)
1. six - IX
2. lost - lot
3. shave - have
4. bust - but
5. exes - sexes
6. pot - post
7. paste - pate
8. gust - gut
9. root - roost
10. trap - strap
11. swan - wan
12. ape - apse
13. whist - whit
14. reverse - Revere
15.
16. unpot - sunspot
17. needle - needless
18. bassist - bait

Damn you. I couldn't hit the hay before trying this, and now I'm sure I won't sleep thinking about the ones I know I flubbed.

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[User Picture]From: spazfox
2008-12-08 09:41 am (UTC)
It's not that I can't solve puzzles. I just think too laterally to do it literally.
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2008-12-08 03:37 pm (UTC)
A good way of getting my brain going on a Monday morning... thanks :)

1) seven/even
2) lost/lot
3) shave/have
4) bust/but
5) exes/sexes
6) hose/hoe
7) paste/pate
8) gust/gut
9) root/roost
10) clap/clasp
11)
12) ape/apse
13)
14)
15)
16)
17) hassle/hale
18) bassist/bait
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2008-12-08 04:51 pm (UTC)
well, i got half anyway...

1) seven, even
2) lost, lot
3) shave, have
4)
5) exes, sexes (clever!)
6)
7) paste, pate (works, but "pate" is kinda archaic...)
8) gust, gut
9) root, roost
10) trap, strap? (doesn't make a WHOLE lot of contextual sense unless the speaker is a hunter, but...)
11)
12)
13)
14)
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2008-12-09 07:24 pm (UTC)

Ess Tesst


I'm intrigued but too busy so was gonna leave a note saying so, but I glanced at some of the questions and instead of "Dang, I'm too busy" I fear my response is "Dang, I'm too stupid."

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