Brain Teasers / Games

Ling O'Tool

Each of the following clues describes two words. One of the words is a type of construction tool. The other word is that tool with one of the following changes: a letter added anywhere (awl bawl), a letter deleted anywhere (plane plan), a letter changed anywhere (giblet gimlet). There is no rearrangement of the other letters. No tool is used more than once.

1) This is a sage tool.
2) This is a dancing tool.
3) This is a grieving tool.
4) This is a tool that is used to dry things.
5) This tool is used for defamation.
6) This tool is a cooking utensil.
7) This tool is a local magistrate.
8) This tool is used to keep a mollusk from opening its shell.
9) This is a morally despicable tool.
10) This is a ditch for a tool.
11) This is a large basket for a tool.
12) These bridge supports are made of tools.

Baseball Organs

What saying is hidden in this rebus?

Playing at first base is Bert Kidney.
Playing at second base is Ernie Liver.
Playing at third base is Tom Stomach.
Playing at shortstop is Jerry Pancreas.
Playing behind home plate is Felix Heart.
On the mound is Oscar Lung.

Give an Inch, Take a Mile

Change MILE to INCH by changing one letter at a time. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. But there is a catch. You must make the change by going through YARD and FOOT. No word can be used more than once. Remember ... you may have to use several new words to get between each one below!

MILE ---- YARD ---- FOOT ---- INCH

Word Progression

What is the next word in this series? Choose from the pool.

deal, ether, pant, wrath, realty, ?

Pool: archery, canteen, leopard, pollute, snapper, tractor

Know Your Spazy Croonerisms?

A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?

1) a circular depression & a part for a canine actor
2) a container for an alcoholic beverage & an insignificant insect
3) a container for a container & the bottom of a coffin
4) a cunning wolf relative & insect foot coverings