Fun ’n Friendsy

by Grace Diane Jessen


Brain Teaser

Hidden in the following story are the names of 21 parts of the body. Some are made by combining the last part of one word with the first part of the following word. How many can you find?

One cold dark night Bob Ackerman sat dozing in his chair beside a cozy fire. Suddenly he heard a clip-clop outside and a knock on his door. There stood a shivering handsome stranger.

“Come in,” said Bob, “and kneel by my hearth and warm yourself.” Quick as a flash, the stranger did so.

“Where are you heading on such a night?” asked Bob.

“It is no secret,” replied the stranger. “An old legend was told to me yeaterday, and I am going to ski north to a spot high in the mountains of China where I shall find magic snails.” Then without stopping to even say goodbye, the stranger lunged out the door and was gone.

“What a strange fellow!” exclaimed Bob. “He was a bit too thin and quite thankless. I wonder if he were really here at all. Perhaps I have only been dreaming!”

Answers:

(in order found in story): back, hair, ear, lip, hand, knee, heart, arm, lash, head, nose, lef, eye, skin, thigh, chin, nails, toe, lung, tooth, ankle.

Icy Endings

Here are definitions of words that end with the letters ICE. Read the definition. When you decide what the word is, print the letter in the blanks.

1. A sweet tasting black substance. __ __ __ __ __ ICE

2. A stone used for cleaning and polishing. __ __ __ ICE

3. A thin flat piece cut from something. __ __ ICE

4. A word that tells you that is enough. __ __ __ __ ICE

5. Some tiny gray rodents. __ ICE

6. An opinion about what should be done. __ __ __ ICE

7. The liquid part of fruits. __ __ ICE

8. Tiny insects that cause itching. __ ICE

9. Something pleasing or agreeable. __ ICE

10. The word for something done two times. __ __ ICE

11. Grain of plant grown in warm climates. __ ICE

12. A city in Italy. __ __ __ ICE

Answers:

(1) licorice, (2) pumice, (3) slice, (4) suffice, (5) mice, (6) advice, (7) juice, (8) lice, (9) nice, (10) twice, (11) rice, (12) Venice.

Spanish Puzzle

Some Spanish (español) and English (inglés) words are much alike. Many words used in the following crossword puzzle are similiar in both languages.

Down

1. alone

2. book

3. fruit

5. airplane

6. difficult

8. soft drink

9. potato

12. permission

13. eye

14. teacher

16. crazy

18. rich

19. cycle

21. last

22. artist

23. text

Across

1. yes

4. university

7. hat

10. dollar

11. dozen

12. newspaper

14. plate

15. result

17. rare

20. musician

23. bullfighter

24. money

25. problem

26. bull

Spanish words used (in alphabetical order)

artista

dólar

patata

raro

sombrero

avión

fruto

periódico

refresco

texto

ciclo

libro

permiso

resultado

torero

difícil

loco

plato

rico

toro

dinero

músico

problema

último

docena

ojo

profesor

solo

universidad

Answers:

[illustration]

Across—(1) sí, (4) universidad, (7) sombrero, (10) dólar, (11) docena, (12) periódico, (14) plato, (15) resultado, (17) raro, (20) músico, (23) torero, (24) dinero, (25) problema, (26) toro. Down—(1) solo, (2) libro, (3) fruto, (5) avión, (6) difícil, (8) refresco, (9) patata, (12) permiso, (13) ojo, (14) profesor, (16) loco, (18) rico, (19) ciclo, (21) último, (22) artista, (23) texto.