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Star, Post, Tea - Three Interesting Words

STAR, POST, and TEA are three very interesting words that share a very unusual common trait. What is that common trait?
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Burned Up Minerals No Longer Out To Sea

The following word equation may seem to make no sense, but maybe you can explain why it is true?

BURNED UP + MINERAL = NO LONGER OUT TO SEA

 

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Hinkety Pinkety: A Frozen Mode Of Transportation

A hinkety pinkety is two three-syllable rhyming words which complete a clue. Here's your clue:

I made the mistake of not parking my vehicle in the garage during the winter, and NOW look what it's become!
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Word Ladders: From Flour To Bread

Begin with the word FLOUR. Change one letter at a time in such a way that the result is always a word, until you arrive at the word BREAD.

What was your sequence of changes?
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A Friend and A Card Live In A Fine Abode

Here's another word equation for you. Can you make sense of it?

A FRIEND + A CARD = A FINE ABODE
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A Paradoxical Word

Oh my, this word's in a very odd state;
It has a peculiar and inexplicable trait:
It brings things together, from the very start,
But ends by slicing what's joined apart!

What is the paradoxical word?

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Word Equation: A Limb at Last becomes a Myth

Here's another word equation for you. How can you make sense out of the following:

LIMB + LAST = MYTH

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Word Equation: I Doubt Fog Causes Oxidation

Would it be foolish to doubt that fog causes oxidation? How can we make sense of the following word equation?

DOUBT = FOG + OXIDATION

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Word Ladders: From Head To Toes

Can you create a word ladder from your head to your toes? Start with the word HEAD, and change it one letter at a time to obtain TOES.

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Hinky Pinky: Middle Eastern Clunker

I'm looking for two rhyming two-syllable words for the following phrase:

MIDDLE EASTERN CLUNKER

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Hinky Pinky: A Plant That's Making Music

Give me two rhyming two-syllable words that mean:

A PLANT THAT'S MAKING MUSIC

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Word Equation: Conviction Is A Canine Parent

How can you make sense of the following word equation?

CONVICTION = CANINE PARENT

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A Disease, an Offer and a Mythological Deity

Here is your word equation...how can you explain this?

DISEASED = A MYTHOLOGICAL DEITY + AN OFFER

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A Mediterranean Criminal - A Word Equation

How can you make sense out of this word equation?

SIDEWALK = CRIMINAL + MEDITERRANEAN

 

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Hink Pink: A Confident Criminal

Thanks to one of our members for pitching in with a couple puzzles to help me keep things going this month! One of these puzzles appears this week, another in a couple weeks.

We're looking for two rhyming words with one syllable which mean:

CONFIDENT CRIMINAL
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Word Equation: Mythology, Rats and Sticks

How can you make sense of this word equation?

RATS = STICK + MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES

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Hink Pink: A Shy Plaything

Find two rhyming words with one syllable each, which mean: A SHY PLAYTHING
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From Hair To Bald

Here's another word ladder: How can you get from HAIR to BALD, changing just one letter at a time?

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Word Equation: Comfort, Sun and Cards

How can you make sense of the following Word Equation?

COMFORT = THE SUN + PLAYING CARD
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A Mysterious Sequence

Can you figure out the next number in this sequence?

1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, ???


Congratulations to the following, who were high scorers for this past year:
AlphaSigChainsaw (96 points)
yoi55 (85 points)
lewanj (83 points)
beckyh (76 points)

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A Girl and a Nail

Welcome to the new set of puzzles for the fall of 2008. These puzzles are all poems that are also riddles. 

I'm a girl, and a nail,
And I'm worth just a tad.
And although I am pretty,
I am also quite bad!

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An Unknown Name



Well, my name is "unknown";
I'm a note, and some money.
I'm a wild woodland creature;
And occasionally runny.

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Perpendicular and Invisible

I'm invisible, yes,
Perpendicular, too;
I'm a measure of wind,
And I slice things right through.

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A Catchword or Phrase

I'm a catchword or phrase...
Here's a clue that is better:
I'm a braiding of hair;
I'm a line, or a letter.

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A Cutter and a Binder

I cut things apart,
Yet I hold them together,
I make all sorts of music;
I'm birds of a feather.

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Stirred Word: A Luxurious Place

This is a Stirred Word puzzle. What word, when its letters are mixed up, can be made to fit each of the clues below?

A luxurious place,
Or a poisonous snake,
I'm a sweet tasting juice,
And a step in ballet.

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Stirred Word: A Favorite Pet

Here is another Stirred Word Puzzle. If you missed how to do these, click "Previous Problem" to read the explanation.

I'm your favorite pet,
Or a part to portray.
I'm the midst of a game
That is easy to play.

 

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A Giant Among Men

I'm the largest of men,
With the largest of loads,
And I'll guide you along
On your journey's long roads.

 

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Many Different Types

I come in many diff'rent types:
I'm popular at Halloween,
I'm also just a kind of drink,
A worm, as well, that stays unseen.

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Stirred Word: The Name of a Girl

The name of a girl,
A directional sheet;
I'm a maker of sound
That is quite indiscreet.

 

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Stirred Word: A Nuisance and an Animal

I'm a nuisance, my friend,
I'm a cat or a dog,
I'm also a walk
Or a run or a jog.

 

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Your Hair, the Air, and the Sea

It's in your hair,
And bounces through the air,
It's in the sea,
And shared by you and me.

 

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Stirred Word: Past and Present

Past and present
Of a daily task
When stirred and iced
Can fill a tall cool flask.

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A Verb and a Noun

A verb and a noun,
And it's also a letter,
A game for a student
And a very small critter.

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Clever Yet Crazy

Clever yet crazy,
Beautiful as can be;
I live in the woods,
Though you see me on TV.

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Like Peas in a Pod

This poem riddle is actually a sonnet. 

As steadfast mutes, we utter not a sound,
Yet in our silence speak the words of God;
With steady stance we lightly touch the ground,
My twin and I, like peas that share a pod.
And though I seem to be the same as him,
Some diff'rences the watchful will divine;
His face, though lovely to be sure, is dim,
When placed beside the brilliant cheer of mine.
Though I'm the lesser one -- I must admit --
I say with kind and brotherly affection,
He is my perfect mirrored opposite,
A haunting, strange, ephemeral reflection.
I wonder, can you solve the mystery
Of who or what my twin and I might be?

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