Solve clues to *A*B*C* words
Words are discovered woven into larger words.
Quiz of Collectives
Hey, get a bunch of animals in one place and who knows what they're
called. Test your collectives sense.
Sprinkling of Snow
Clues refers to a word containing the letters 's-n-o-w' (in
that order, but not necessarily in consecutive order).
Stampede of Carniverbs
Man the dictionaries! You won't believe how many animal-verbs
there are. We've found 100! Can you doggedly ferret out the
answers? This is a great activity for English teachers.
you one of the more than 500,000 subscribers to Anu Garg's A.Word.A.Day
mailing list? Time to put you to the test! These vocabulary
quizzes, each based on a weekly AWAD theme, will test how well you
were paying attention. Non-AWAD players will find the quizzes
challenging vocabulary builders.
Quiz 1 - Beastly Words
Quiz 2 - Which Craft?
Quiz 3 - Ten Words
Quiz 4 - Pass the Spaniard
Quiz 5 - A Study in Scarlet
Quiz 6 - Character Assassination
Quiz 7 - Eponymous Origins I
Quiz 8 - In the Beginning was the AWAD
Quiz 9 - Pre-theme Days
Quiz 10 - Not all that Nautical
Quiz 11 - A Word A Day About Words
Quiz 12 - Vocabulaire en passant
Quiz 13 - Terms of Endearment
Quiz 14 - Savory Words
Quiz 15 - Timber!
Quiz 16 - Verbal Zoo!
Quiz 17 - Strange Plurals
Quiz 18 - Collective Nouns
Quiz 19 - Unusual Body Parts
Thar's beasts embedded in the clued solutions. And much verse!
Syzygies (see below) for those who preferred "fill in
the blank tests" in high school English classes.
in the Mail
Solve clues to words and phrases caching 'checks'
Some words can survive having their head and tail letters lopped
off. 'Mideast' becomes 'ideas'... Here are three games based on
Complete the punning signs that one may find at lunchtime on the
door of a local business. Here are twenty witty submissions, missing
significant (punning) words.
Take a time-out to complete the signs...
Complete the colourful clued expressions:
Are you Red-dy
The Black Whole
Lyn Andrews researches, compiles, prints and mails a quiz magazine
to a loyal membership throughout Australia. The magazine is called
"Frustration" and it is a bi-monthly publication which
contains word association and general knowledge quizzes (the profits
of which go to Cancer research). Lyn regularly submits word association
puzzles to Wordly-Wise. We have dubbed the games COMPONENTS.
A perennial favourite word game! Can you make LOVE into HATE
in 5 steps, changing only one letter at a time -- such that a new
real word is created at each step? Using Lewis Carroll's innovation
which permits anagrams at any stage, the Doublets puzzles
generate lots of email responses. See also the new challenging derivation,
Well, you solve six clues to 2-letter words and then shake 'em all
about and then solve four clues to 3-letter words and you shake
'em all about and then you solve three clues to 4-letter words.
These ingenious wee challenges are well worth the time it takes
to devise them!
Five phrases are related. They have been shaken (not stirred). Straighten
them out and determine their bond.
Solve for the following words and then determine how the solution
words are related.
Each answer here is a word or name that contains four I's.
these mixed up comedy movie titles
Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Three clues refer to 1. a synonym, 2. an antonym
and 3. an anagram of the answer word (in no particular order). Unscramble
the clues to detemine the answer word.
Great Divide 1 | 2
Solve clues to six-letter words on either side of the great
divide. Recombine the component trigrams to solve the seven clues
on the other side of the divide.
Solve clues to *HARD* words
Solve clues to words. The letters H-I-D-E are embedded in the solutions.
I see words hidden in sentences! I see clues in the sentences...
Solve clues to phrases that feature the word
In the infectious tradition of the Equation Anaysis Tests,
here's one featuring common English idiomatic phrases.
The Editor's Choice!
Four clues to four words within words. This was the toughest
puzzle to construct until Eric Hammond generously created a Perl
script to create possible answer lists generated from the third
"embedded" word. The clues are still handcrafted
to amuse and enlighten!
Five words share a common key word in each of their definitions.
Got a hunch? You are encouraged to make trips to your favourite
dictionary to verify your answer.
Keyword with a twist - each of the five clue words has been
Arrange letters into a 3 X 3 grid to create words in each horizontal
and vertical channel.
Named after the puzzle's creator, Lewis Carroll, this anagram game
challenges you to create exactly two words using three vowels and
seven consonants chosen randomly from five alphabets. Often
a clue is provided to a possible two word combination. Also
comes in more complex 4-20 and 6-30 varieties.
Slide words into three different horizontal configurations so that
the highlighted columns show members of that group's category.
Each of the clued answers has the letters NIL (intact) embedded
The game of near misses. Solve clues to words that differ by one
letter from a root word.
Solve clues to phrases that feature the word 'ground'
Squashed sayings seek some support...
This compact word game features clues and a common cycling quadrigram.
Any way you slice it, this is a fun and challenging wordgame.
Find the clues to the five 3-letter words, rearrange them to find
the clues to three 5-letter words. Variations include Vingt
answers to three clues such that you use the fewest letters of the
alphabet in your combined responses. Can you name a car make or
model, an actress, and a one-word book title using only 5 letters?
Three of the participants in Rational, AL #001 did!
to the symmetry of language. Who'd have thought that the first
four letters of VERBOSITY reversed would make the first four letters
of BREVITY? This puzzle has bounced onto the Wordly-Wise list a
few times. Each issue features the clues to two words. Reverse the
first x letters of the first answer word and you have the
first x letters of the second answer word.
They spell something left to right and something else right to left,
and they're gameworthy! Answer the couplets to determine the two
clues words. This puzzle was inspired by William Espy.
This "in two rhyming words" game was the first of the
Wordly-Wise games. It was featured on Anu Garg's wordserver
and on Crossword America's AOL forum. The RNR Archives contain
well over 1,500 Rhyme-and-Reason puzzles.
Internal Rhymes Special
The answers to these RNRs feature internal rhymes, as in 'Mordor'.
First published in a series through April 1996, this RnR Special
reappeared in an August 1997 posting to Wordly-Wise.
Take a word and roll it around and you have a rotagram. For
example, take the word 'grin' and roll it forward starting at the
'r' and you get 'ring'. The clues below will produce a rotagram
pairing solution. For a complete list of all possible rotagrams
in the U.K. Advanced Cryptics dictionary, write to me.
Solve clues to palindromic words.
is an anagram of must/can. Some letters you CAN use, some letters
you MUST use. Create the longest words possible in this great word-creation
Insert or delete letters from the head or tail of words to go from
source to target words.
Reshuffle the anagrammed words and figure out what they have in
This puzzle idea comes from a book by puzzlesmith Everett
M. Smith published in 1931 called Synonym Golf. The
objective of each hole is to provide the SHORTEST synonym for the
offered word. Par ratings are provided. Scoring is based on word
length. This is a great game for the classroom!
I Threw Together
clues to phrases that feature the word 'throw'
If butterflies can flutter by, then Adrian Road-Headache can challenge
you with this fun word puzzle.
Know your colours? A mammoth and colourful quiz, with 152 clues
Be a sport and coach these sporting movie titles back into shape!
Another innovative Lewis Carroll word game. Doublets on steroids.
Behead and curtail words to create new words. Lewis loved
them and you will, too.
Withdraw as many of the letters in Letter Bank Word (LBW) as required
to solve the clues. The answers start small, and the words
(and interest) accrue quickly! This word transforming
technique is at the heart of the success of Word Origami (see below).
You have 5 minutes to find 26 words featuring the bigrams
IA - IZ. Go!
You have 3 minutes to find 26 words featuring the bigrams
LA - LZ. Go!
You have 5 minutes to find 26 words featuring the bigrams
RA - RZ. Go!
You have 10 minutes to find 26 words featuring bigrams
Complete the following clued "____ to _____" phrases
This compact word game features clues and a common cycling trigram.
Many Wordly-Wise subscribers have told me about licence plate games
that they played as children (and adults!) and that's exactly where
I got the idea for this game. What's the smallest word you
can make with the trigram SYE? Trigram is one of the more
popular of the games, with its unique golf paradigm and fierce and
A derivation of Trigram, in which the letters of the Trigram are
twisted into all possible permutations. Kind of like playing
the Trigram Valley course with a speed cart.
Answer a variety of word clues. Be correct, but also be wittily
uncommon. Your score depends on how many
other entrants gave your answer to the clue. This game, introduced
in February 2000, is played in weekly instalments and is one of
the most popular weekly competitions!
A cool variation on Alternating Current,
this game has clued words interspliced forwards and backwards in
Unscramble words to insert into the opening of a famous novel. As
a final challenge, identify the literary work and its author.
Match clues to famous First Names to the definitions of their verb
forms. West Winger Lowe steals... and author Conroy strokes a cat!
Match each unusual word with its definition! (or perhaps save some
of the arcane definitions for your next game of Balderdash!)
cur - curb - curfew - insecure... Answer clues to words which fan
out from a common root letter combination.
Unearth the word from its etymological fossil.
Turn the FUTURE into the PAST. A challenging derivation on the Doublets
game. Word Origami permits letterbanking, as well as letter
swapping and anagramming. Beat par. Lewis Carroll would
have loved this one, as the source and target words need not be
of equal length. Here's a helpful strategy
guide for this game.
are what you eat!
The Wordly Wise were asked to submit in question and answer form
a riddle thematically linking a person and some agreeable element
in their diet. Example: What would an equivocator eat for breakfast?
A: a waffle! Can you determine the twenty dietary peculiarities?
Try the Rhyme
& Reason @ Random Server! Play your favourite rhyming word
game as long as you want. 1500+ original clues and rhyming word
a random issue of the keyword game. Then another, and another...
from the 700 or so in the archives on the KeyWord
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