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Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-7-2005 23:57

OK ... as there are so many readers and writers here, we'll see if this is popular ...

I'll post a list of dictionary definitions and see if you can provide the word. I'll try to balance between making it too hard and making it interesting. I'll try and make it so that, even if you don't one right, you'll at least have heard the word before. For each quiz, all answers will begin with the same letter:


Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-12-2005 16:00

Lady Grey: Yes I know. It was a joke for those of us who live in countries of high taxation, which is theft by other means : o )

Luvely K: Yup. A government by the worst is called a 'kakistocracy' - which I think is set to become one of my favourite words ever!

The answer to (3)is 'kinchin'.

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-12-2005 16:21

All answers beginning with 'L':

1) adj. glaringly, wanly or dingily reddish-yellow or yellowish-brown: gloomily threatening: ghastly pale, wan: ghastly: melodramatically sensational: brimstony.

2) adj. mournful: dismal.

3) v.i. to study by lamplight: to discourne learnedly or pedantically.

4) adj. clear: transparent.

5) adj. expressing or expressed in few words: sententiously brief.

6) n. a bestowal or distribution of gifts.

B - n. excessive flow of words (could apply to this thread!)

John Hale
John Hale
Yarn Weaver

Jun-12-2005 16:40

1) Lurid
2) lugubrious
3) Lucid or Lucent
4) Legacy
5) Loquacious


Jun-12-2005 17:20

1. lurid
2. lugubrious
3. lucubration
4. limpid
5. laconical
6. largess
B. logorrhea

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-13-2005 04:54

John H: 2/5 of those attempted.
Envy: 6/6 and the bonus (spelt logorrhoea in my dictionary but there might be alternatives). Awesome!

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-13-2005 05:21

All answers beginning with 'M':

1)n. one skilled in mysteries or religious secrets: an adept: a wise and holy leader. (Sans)

2)n. a vague feeling of unease, illness or depression.

3)v.i. to feign sickness in order to avoid duty.

4)n. a hater of mankind, one who distrusts everyone else.

5)n. a morbid dread of being alone.

6)Adj. pertaining to home affairs: pertaining to the government of a borough.

Bonus: adj. abnormally small-headed.

Esme Weatherwax
Esme Weatherwax

Jun-13-2005 06:08

1) Magus
2) malaise
3) malinger
4) misanthrope
5) monophobia
6) municipal

Bonus: microcephaly


Jun-13-2005 13:29

Too many smart people on here! :) I agree with Esme on all of them.

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-13-2005 13:43

I agree that there are too many smart people on Sleuth!

However ...

No. 1 is incorrect. Any takers? (it's not a silly word - it's one we'd have all heard of)

Lady Grey
Lady Grey

Jun-13-2005 13:58


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