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A Dance and a Game

I'm a dance and a game and a person not careless,
In addition to that I am just shy of hairless.

This riddle should look familiar; it is a poem riddle similar to the ones we did last fall. Starting next week I'm going to try out three different types of riddles, and we'll see how you do with those.

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Synonymous Verbs

SHOVE
STOMP
BEAT
GORGE

None of these verbs describe things that are commonly done to me. Nevertheless, they are all synonyms of verbs which are commonly done to me. What am I?

 

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Word Ladder from an animal to a household chore

This is slightly different from the Word Ladders we did last year. You aren't given a starting word or an ending word. Instead you are given definitions.

Start with an ANIMAL, and change one letter at a time to obtain: a DAILY ACTIVITY, a WEATHER CONDITION, a GOOD TASTE, and a HOUSEHOLD CHORE.

 

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Spoonerism - Cashiers in Chinese Restaurants

Reverend Spooner would often mix up letters in words when he was speaking. For example, he might say "fanned cruit" when he meant to say "canned fruit." If Reverend Spooner seems to be talking about the cashier at a Chinese restaurant, what did he intend to say?

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Fatigue, Scarf, Grasp, Snout

FATIGUE
SCARF
GRASP
SNOUT

I am made up of many components, none of which are listed above. However, the words above are synonyms of some of my components. What am I?

 

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Synonym Ladder - From MOUNT to SHINE

Here's another synonym word ladder. I give you a list of words, and you have to come up with synonyms/related words such that only one letter changes from each word to the next in your sequence.

MOUNT
FIRE
LIES *
BANNERS
BEATS
RUNS
STRING
SHINE

* somewhat obscure word!

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Beat, Pile and Slice - Synonymous verbs

beckyh gives us the following riddle:

BEAT
PILE
SLICE

None of these verbs describe things that are commonly done to me. Nevertheless, they are all synonyms of verbs which are commonly done to me. What am I?

 

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Agitating a Skyscraper

I was talking to Reverend Spooner (who often mixes up the beginning consonants of words he says) and he seemed to be telling me that he was planning to agitate a skyscraper.

What do you suppose he was really planning to do?

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Word Ladder - Extensive to a Football Team

Start with a word which means EXTENSIVE, and change one letter at a time to obtain words which mean each of the following:

SINGLE
ROAD
HAIR
SPOUSE
COVERINGS

And then end up with a FOOTBALL TEAM
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Synonyms Puzzle

Although none of the following words are in any way related to me, each of them has a synonym which is related to me.

PURCHASE
FLOAT
EXTERIOR
LOFTY

What word am I?

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Spoonerisms - Child's Play at Sea

Reverend Spooner (who often mixes up the initial consonant sounds of words he is saying) seems to be talking about a children's game that you might play while out to sea.

What do you suppose he was really talking about?
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Synonym Ladder - SWIMMING to STATUES

By changing one letter at a time, start with someone who SWIMS, and create

A BODY OF WATER,
SOMETHING TORN,
AN EASTER WORD,
WHAT THE TEMPERATURE DOES IN SUMMER,
SUBTERFUGES,
VEHICLES,

and end with STATUES.

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Synonym Ladder - FRAGILE to DRINK

Changing one letter at a time, start from a word for something FRAGILE, and create:

FLOWERS
PRODS
AMPHIBIANS
SYCOPHANT
A DRINK
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Spoonerisms - Missing Pastries

Reverend Spooner, who often mixes up the beginning consonants in his words, seems to be talking about the fact that the pastries are missing.

What do you suppose he was really talking about?

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What Am I?

Sometimes I'm feeling kind of blank
And other times I'm simply wet.
You'll find me at a sports event;
Have you divined my nature yet?

 

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Word Ladder - From Numbers To Numbers

Start with a word which is a NUMBER, and change one letter at a time to create the following:

FORCIBLY DIVIDE
A SICKNESS
SOME MONEY
ANOTHER NUMBER (PLURAL)
REPAIRS
ANOTHER NUMBER (PLURAL)

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A Place for Promenading

I'm an oversized mallet,
A beating or bruising,
A place for some shopping
Or for promenading.

What am I?

 

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Word Ladder - From FAKE to PULLED

Start with a word that means FAKE and change one letter at a time to get words that mean:

ABOVE AND BEYOND
SKELETON
CONTAINERS
FIGHTER
ARBOR
PINNACLE
PULLED

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