from wordly fans
Dear Mr. Hoad-Reddick,
The weekly Uncommon word contest is terrific.
I'm enjoying it and have got my husband hooked, too. Please keep up
the good work.
-- Jane Hinckley
I would like to extend my congratulations
on producing a very informative and resourceful site dedicated to
word puzzles and word games. An excellent addition to the web, one
that you should be very proud of. It really is impressive work and
a definite bookmark for puzzle fanatics like me.
-- Ben Ciolczynski - Home and
Hearth Web Site
Hooray! Had a chance to do the challenge
Also a quick note that I've been meaning to write for a while.
When I was a child, my family went on several cross-country car trips.
One of the great "child distracting" games my dad played
with us was a game he called "Higgledy Piggledy."
It was much like rhyme 'n reason, except that you had to indicate
the number of syllables in your rhyming pair along with the clue.
So, a pair of one-syllable rhymers was a hig-pig, a two-syllable pair
was a higgy-piggy, and so forth. A second rule was that clue had to
be a pair of synonyms (or semi-synonyms) in the right order. (For
example, the hig-pig "pack grandfathers" might be BOX CLOCKS.)
We would play for hours, until someone just couldn't form a
new and interesting rhyme or was too brain-dead to come up with a
clue. Those trips were always fun, and I think that much of the reason
I enjoy your puzzles so much arises from those times.
So, once again, thanks,
I love the Uncommon
word game! Keep 'em coming. Regards,
is possibly one of the most addictive games I've ever played!
-- Katy Appleton
I use your Rhyme-n-Reason Puzzles with
the third and fourth grade students and your puzzles have made me
a hero! I have had to set up a file with puzzles that we haven't
done to use if I don't get a chance to check your new ones.
The exercise of solving your puzzles is the high point of the students'
day! The discussions of word usage has sparked the children's
imagination and I have high hopes that when they face the state writing
exam this next year that they will have a richer vocabulary because
of the exercises. Thank you from sunny Florida!
Jeanne A. Graham,
Hallmark Elementary School,
I stumbled onto your site three days
ago. I used the ten word quiz in my 8th grade class 2 days ago. Was
wondering if I could use your material for weekly vocabulary building
at Crest Middle School in Kincaid, KS 66039? I have 25 8th graders,
and 24 7th graders. What kind of cooperative agreement would be acceptable
-- Forrest Brandt
web site! It is fun, interesting and tickles my ancient brain cells.
Thanks very much for my new daily surf site! You've been doing this
since 1995? Please don't stop now. So much garbage on the web -- yours
is a shining exception.
-- K Forte
The Spectral Quiz
Hello Adrian: What
a whopper of a puzzle! My dictionary and thesaurus got a workout like
they've not seen before! What a brain twister. I enjoyed every minute
working on this one. Word Origami is my favorite of the regular
Hi. I am a high
school Literature Teacher. I was looking for a short story to use
on my birthday when I give them a treat. As I surfed the web, I found
your story "A Clump of Woops".... Thanks
for a wonderful story and a great website.
-- Pam Simms