Are You Ready for a 'Double-Cross-Word' Puzzle?

Rob Kyff on

Let's play "Guess the Word Origin!" Can you select the correct derivation of these terms?

1. When someone betrays an ally, it's called a "double cross" because ...

A. Writing one "X" over another voids the first X.

B. Two hot-cross buns were used as a signal to begin an attempted coup in England in 1605.

C. The two crosses are associated with the two thieves crucified with Jesus.

D. Such traitors and deceivers often looked cross-eyed at their victims.


2. Boarders (people who live in rooming houses) are so called because ...

A. Many worked in sawmills making boards.

B. They often slept on boards.

C. Their food was served on long boards.


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