Funstuf

By Grace A. Mayr


Baker’s Dozen

After you read the clues, fill in the blanks before/after this baker’s dozen of baked goods.

1. Win the prize

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ cake

2. Scottish plaid

tart __ __

3. Package

bun __ __ __

4. Old Spanish peso

pie__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

5. Livelihood

bread __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

6. Fried pastry

dough__ __ __

7. Young rabbit

bun__ __

8. Full width

bread __ __

9. Showy dance step

cake __ __ __ __

10. Elevated amusement park railway

roll __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

11. Baker’s utensil

roll __ __ __ __ __ __

12. Lazy person

loaf__ __

13. Person or thing of excellence

cracker__ __ __ __

Answers:

(1) take the cake, (2) tartan, (3) bundle, (4) piece of eight, (5) bread and butter, (6) doughnut, (7) bunny, (8) breadth, (9) cakewalk, (10) roller coaster, (11) rolling pin, (12) loafer, (13) crackerjack.

Round and Round

Each definition for this crossword puzzle involves something that is round.

Crossword puzzle

Across

  1. 1.

    Used in game with bat

  2. 5.

    Pastry with hole in middle

  3. 7.

    String of __ __ __ __s (kind of necklace)

  4. 8.

    Used in game with racket (2 words)

  5. 10.

    Jewelry worn on finger

  6. 14.

    Earth’s satellite at its most visible (2 words)

  7. 15.

    Unicycle: vehicle with one __ __ __ __ __

  8. 16.

    Pastry crust filled with fruit or pudding

  9. 17.

    Citrus fruit

Down

  1. 2.

    Used under cup

  2. 3.

    Shirt fastener

  3. 4.

    Inflated rubber toy

  4. 6.

    Piece of loose change

  5. 9.

    Christmas decoration

  6. 11.

    Three-dimensional map of world

  7. 12.

    Object rolled down street or rotated around wrist

  8. 13.

    Symbol for nothing

Answers:

Across—(1) baseball, (5) doughnut, (7) bead, (8) tennis ball, (10) ring, (14) full moon, (15) wheel, (16) pie, (17) orange. Down—(2) saucer, (3) button, (4) balloon, (6) coin, (9) wreath, (11) globe, (12) hoop, (13) zero.

Twelve Tribes of Israel

Find the twelve tribes of Israel, as mentioned in Genesis 49:1–28 [Gen. 49:1–28], by reading forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally.

B

E

N

U

L

U

B

E

Z

Y

Z

H

A

R

E

U

B

E

M

N

A

P

E

B

U

E

R

H

A

I

T

H

P

N

A

E

A

P

V

M

S

X

H

C

U

D

H

E

V

A

C

H

N

B

U

T

L

S

A

J

G

J

E

J

A

U

S

O

A

N

A

N

O

L

S

D

A

J

A

E

D

S

I

M

E

O

N

D

Z

B

Asher

Gad

Judah

Reuben

Benjamin

Issachar

Levi

Simeon

Dan

Joseph

Naphtali

Zebulun

Games for Long Trips

Here are three variations of popular travel games. What other twists can you think of to give old games new life?

Letter Fun

The first player starts with a word, such as friend. The next player has to give a word beginning with the last letter in friend, such as deer. The next player must give a word beginning with the last letter in deer, such as run. The game continues until someone is stumped.

This game can be restricted to certain types of words, such as food or first names. Thus the first player might say “Karen,” the next player “Norman,” and so forth.

Advertisements

Before starting out, each player picks a subject that he thinks he will see advertised during the trip. Gas stations, restaurants, and motels are usually good choices. Each time a player sees a sign in the category he has chosen, he calls out “Point.” The first player to gain fifteen points wins. This game may be made more challenging by excluding the more popular subjects, such as those mentioned above.

City Count

Each player picks a letter. He then has two minutes to name as many cities as he can that begin or end with his chosen letter. If he picks s, for example, he may name San Francisco, Dallas, Singapore, Memphis, St. Paul, Paris, Scranton, Sao Paulo, Seattle, and many more. The player who names the most cities in two minutes wins.

Besides naming cities with your chosen letter, try naming animals, foods, famous people, or countries.