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A State-ly Word Puzzle [Feb. 27th, 2015|08:17 pm]

...because every now and then I get inspired to make a word puzzle. Enjoy! LMK what you think. Assume the comment section contains answers/spoilers.

“A Change of State”
Combine a two-letter state postal abbreviation with a word to form a different word.

In the blue hen state, illumination becomes a joy.
DE + light = delight

1. In the island state, a bell’s sound means companies are gaining employees.
2. In the show-me state, this flower by any other name would be sad.
3. In the commonwealth, thieves’ jargon sounds like an empty room.
4. In the palmetto state, this colony insect is tiny or meager.
5. In the heart of Dixie, a factual basic statement or saying is seen as selfless concern for others.
6. In the Great Lakes state, carmine becomes stuck in mud.
7. In the beaver state, this leafy vegetable grows into a maintained grove of trees.
8. In the Liberty Bell state, a delicate openwork fabric becomes a home fit for a king.
9. In the ocean state, part of your torso is the wealthiest.
10. When you’ve finished first, then you go to the bluegrass state, things end up kind of off-balance or broken.

“Interstate Trip"
Combine two two-letter state abbreviations to form a four-letter word.

11. Driving from the highest state to the bayou state earns you a Coke.
12. Driving from the peach state to the pine tree state makes for an entertaining diversion or event.
13. Driving from the bay state to the empire state yields lots and lots.
14. Driving from the keystone state to the land of Lincoln gives you a bucket.
15. Driving from the evergreen state to the cornhusker state causes one to diminish.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2015-02-28 05:20 am (UTC)
You've rePAID in puzzle kindness, sir! ^.^
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[User Picture]From: aprivatefox
2015-02-28 05:02 am (UTC)
1) HI ring
2) MO rose
3) VA cant
4) SC ant
5) AL truism
6) MI red
7) OR chard
8) PA lace
9) RI chest
10) won KY

11) CO LA
12) GA ME
13) MA NY
14) PA IL
15) WA NE
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[User Picture]From: aprivatefox
2015-02-28 05:03 am (UTC)


I write/run puzzle events rather often, so if you wanted to participate, drop me a line. I'd love to have more of your style of wordplay in them.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2015-02-28 06:10 am (UTC)

Re: Relatedly...

Well solved!

Yes, that definitely sounds interesting... I'll drop you a private note on here.
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[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2015-02-28 04:50 pm (UTC)
1. Hiring
2. Morose
3. Vacant
4. Scant
5. Altriusm
6. Mired
7. Orchard
8. Palace
9. Richest
10. Wonky

11. Cola
12. ?
15. Wane

(I wasn't going to do the second part, I get bored of puzzles fast, but looked it over anyway.) This was cool. :)
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