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Exercise #374

Exercise #374: Word Play
Posted  2/27/09

Today’s exercise was inspired by a joke I received from the Jack’s Weekly Jokes mailing list. (  Here is the joke:

How fast can you guess the words?

1. B o o _ s
2. _ _ n d o m
3. F _ _ k
4. P _ n _ s
5. P u _ s _


1. Books
2. Random
3. Fork
4. Pants
5. Pulse

You got all 5 wrong DIDN'T YOU!

Fun, eh? So here are five other words, with only the first and last letter given. Fill in the blanks, then use all five words in your SUB. Be sure to tell us what words you came up with!

1. T _ _ _ k
2. H _ _ _ r
3. C _ _ _ k
4. S _ _ _ g
5. F _ _ _ t

If you cannot figure out words of your own, contact me privately and I’ll give you the ones I had in mind.

Critiquers, along with the usual grammar, spelling, etc, you might note how well the author integrated the words in their piece. Was it seamless or did it feel forced?

Word limit: 1200
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             SUB: Exercise #374/yourname

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