Bogglers

By Scott Kim|Friday, December 03, 2004

LINGO MANIA

Get ready for a little wordplay to test your science literacy


Recombinant words

Complete each sentence below with two words that are anagrams of each other—words that contain exactly the same letters, just in a different order. The dashes indicate the number of letters in each word. For example, the missing words in puzzle 3 are reef and free. The final puzzle requires that you come up with three words that are anagrams of one another.

1. _ _ _    _ _ _  RNA are blueprints for making proteins.

2. Of all the elements, _ _ _ _ is as useful as _ _ _ _ for making brightly lit signs.

3. The coral _ _ _ _ was _ _ _ _ of pollution.

4. Because the telescope was out of focus, the astronomer was _ _ _ _ _ _ to see the

_ _ _ _ _ _ clearly.

5. The brilliant, _ _ _ _ _ _ scientist could count in both  _ _ _ _ _ _ and decimal systems.

6. When ophthalmologists  _ _ _ _ _ _ a patient’s eyes, they can see more _ _ _ _ _ _ in the retina.

7. The computer used a fast _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to compute the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of a number.

8. You can turn a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ into a square by _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the number of sides.

9. The doctor had to _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ his instruments to look for a  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

infection.

10. Despite the young woman’s exacting _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ care and her husband’s obvious

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ feelings, the couple shared certain _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ concerns.


 

Entangled letters

Moving one square at a time—left, right, up, or down—you can spell out a number of words in the grid above. (This puzzle is excerpted from the Brainteasers, Mind Benders, Games, Word Searches, Puzzlers, Mazes, and More page-a-day calendar by Scott Kim, Workman Publishing.)

1. How many different paths can you find that spell out the word RACE?

2. How many different paths can you find to spell RACECAR? You may use the same square twice, and the sequence matters: Starting at the bottom right R and traveling to the top left R is one path; going in the opposite direction constitutes a second path.

3. How many different ways can you find to spell the nonsense word ECARACE? But first, without figuring out the exact answer, can you guess whether the correct number of paths is bigger, smaller, or the same as the answer to the previous puzzle?

 


Missing Links

Fill in the missing word in each group at right so the first two words and the last two words form two different scientific terms. For instance, the missing word in the first puzzle is ice (“dry ice” and “ice age”).

1.  DRY ICE AGE

2.  PERPETUAL _____ SICKNESS

3.  STROBE _____ WAVE

4.  CLEAN _____ TEMPERATURE

5.  BINARY _____ FISH

6.  FUEL _____ DIVISION

7.  FOOD _____ REACTION

8.  COMMON _____ FUSION

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