Games and Puzzles

by Mary Ellen Jolley

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    Riddles

    Why does a bald-headed man have no use for keys? Because he has lost his locks.

    When is a department store like a boat? When it has sales (sails).

    Is there a word in the English language that contains all the vowels? Unquestionably.

    What is always filled when in use and empty when at rest? A shoe.

    What is it that can be broken without being hit or dropped? A promise.

    Word Wheels

    Fill in the letters of words in the spaces around each wheel.

    The beginning letter of each word is the same letter as the end of the previous word. The beginning letter is given for each wheel.

    Wheel one = two-letter words

    Wheel two = three-letter words

    Wheel three = four-letter words

    Wheel four = five-letter words

    Wheel five = six-lettered words

    Answers:

    Here are some possible answers: (1) to, on, no, oh, hi, it; (2) try, yes, see, ear, red, dot; (3) rain, need, drop, pink, kind, dear; (4) storm, meter, range, elbow, water, rocks; (5) litter, rattle, energy, yellow, winter, refill.

    Ins and Outs

    All of the words that fit the following definitions end with either and in or and out.

    1. One born in the same birth as another, and may look like him. __ __ __ __

    2. A salmon-colored fish. __ __ __ __ __

    3. Center of the lower jaw. __ __ __ __

    4. Inflammation of a joint. __ __ __ __

    5. A small, sharp, pointed object. __ __ __

    6. A sudden loud outcry. __ __ __ __ __

    7. Extension from the side of a fish. __ __ __

    8. Thrust-out lower lip. __ __ __ __

    9. A holder for meal or coal. __ __ __

    10. Something that is on every side. __ __ __ __ __

    11. A kind of metal. __ __ __

    12. A boxing contest. __ __ __ __

    13. A transgression. __ __ __

    14. Earnestly religious. __ __ __ __ __ __

    15. Another word for slender. __ __ __ __

    16. A person sent to observe. __ __ __ __ __

    17. To whirl rapidly. __ __ __ __

    18. A mixture of sand and gravel. __ __ __ __ __

    19. A round hot bread or roll. __ __ __ __ __ __

    20. An awkward fellow. __ __ __ __

    Answers:

    (1) twin, (2) trout, (3) chin, (4) gout, (5) pin, (6) shout, (7) fin, (8) pout, (9) bin, (10) about, (11) tin, (12) bout, (13) sin, (14) devout, (15) thin, (16) scout, (17) spin, (18) grout, (19) muffin, (20) lout.