Newsletter Teasers and Answers

20 June 2024 Teaser – “Short and sweet”

Here in Australia it will be the shortest day of the year tomorrow. So, in honour of this fact, can you unscramble all of the following synonyms for SHORT?

  1. CCNOISE
  2. EVIDBATBERA
  3. PANSYP
  4. PEERSIC
  5. DESCEMPORS
  6. LATRICUDE
  7. ENGIFTEL
  8. TELLIT
  9. INTUSCCC
  10. MACCPOT
  11. HINDISMEDI

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How did you go with the SHORT words? Here are the answers:

  • CONCISE
  • ABREVIATED
  • SNAPPY
  • PRECISE
  • COMPRESSED
  • CURTAILED
  • FLEETING
  • LITTLE
  • SUCCINCT
  • COMPACT
  • DIMINISHED

13 June 2024 Teaser – “Lucky 13”

Can you work out what the following 13-letter words are from the clues below? (First letter in parentheses.)

  1. Ironically (for such a long word), these are always shortened! (A)
  2. What you might be doing with a glass against a wall. (E)
  3. A way to describe complex patterns and colours. (K)
  4. How you might describe something happening every four years. (Q)
  5. So helpful in providing a place to stay! (A)
  6. AC/DC were rather surprised. (T)
  7. A way to preserve Pharaohs. (M)
  8. Devices that cops might have when they pull you over.  (B)
  9. Olympic sport that rewards clean snatches. (W)
  10. An explanation of how to protest!  (D)
  11. A type of confidential agreement. (N)
  12. An egg and sperm meet cute. (F)
  13. Destruction of property, e.g. graffiti. (V) 

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How did you go with the 13-letter words? Here are the answers:

  1. Ironically (for such a long word), these are always shortened! (A) ABBREVIATIONS
  2. What you might be doing with a glass against a wall. (E) EAVESDROPPING
  3. A way to describe complex patterns and colours. (K) KALEIDOSCOPIC
  4. How you might describe something happening every four years. (Q) QUADRENNIALLY
  5. So helpful in providing a place to stay! (A) ACCOMMODATING
  6. AC/DC were rather surprised. (T) THUNDERSTRUCK
  7. A way to preserve Pharaohs. (M) MUMMIFICATION
  8. Devices that cops might have when they pull you over.  (B) BREATHALYSERS
  9. Olympic sport that rewards clean snatches. (W) WEIGHTLIFTING
  10. An explanation of how to protest! (D) DEMONSTRATION
  11. A type of confidential agreement. (N) NONDISCLOSURE
  12. An egg and sperm meet-cute. (F) FERTILISATION
  13. Destruction of property, e.g. graffiti. (V) VANDALISATION

6 June 2024 Teaser – “D-Day

Today marks 80 years since 1944’s famous D-Day invasion. So to mark the occasion, can you identify the following words that all begin with “D”? (Number of letters in brackets.)

  1. Dahl’s beasts, Swayze’s dancing and AC/DC’s deeds? (5)
  2. A rather onomatopoeic measurement of cream. (6)
  3. A cartoon nephew and library system. (5)
  4. Bowie’s dogs are a girl’s best friend! (7)
  5. What a courier or obstetrician does. (7)
  6. What rich people and motivated people are. (6)
  7. Shrek’s friend and Democrat mascot. (6)
  8. You might find me in test cars or babe’s mouths. (5)
  9. A way to describe a wine or a sense of humour! (3)
  10. Men racing cars but also men dressing up. (4)
  11. A practice tool? (5)

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How did you go with the D words? Here are the answers:

  1. Dahl’s beasts, Swayze’s dancing and AC/DC’s deeds? (5) DIRTY
  2. A rather onomatopoeic measurement of cream. (6) DOLLOP
  3. A cartoon nephew and library system. (5) DEWEY
  4. Bowie’s dogs are a girl’s best friend! (7) DIAMOND
  5. What a courier or obstetrician does. (7) DELIVER
  6. What rich people and motivated people are. (6) DRIVEN
  7. Shrek’s friend and Democrat mascot. (6) DONKEY
  8. You might find me in test cars or babe’s mouths. (5) DUMMY
  9. A way to describe a wine or a sense of humour! (3) DRY
  10. Men racing cars but also men dressing up. (4) DRAG
  11. A practice tool? (5) DRILL

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