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Word Encounters

by Laurel Stoddard, CET

 

Our favorite puzzle maestro, Laurel Stoddard, is at it again. Laurel is an avid reader and often has close encounters with new words. In ufology, a close encounter is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object. This month Laurel tries to baffle us with some of her word encounters. Are you up to an unexpected experience? If you dare, see if you can identify with clarity some of her newly-discovered words.

 

____1. extirpate

a. interruption

____2. titivate

b. grassy area

____3. caesura

c. occurring in morning

____4. swarf

d. utterly destroy

____5. feckless

e. troublesome

____6. sward

f. futile

____7. matutinal

g. waste metallic particles

____8. importunate

h. weekly

____9. otiose

i. irresponsible

____10. hebdomadal

j. spruce up

    

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Laurel came of age in a small town in north Texas and ventured fewer than 30 miles, though worlds away, to attend a small Presbyterian liberal arts college, from whence she obtained a bachelor's degree in biology. Her first literary accomplishment was a letter, at the age of 5, to request that her parents allow her and her sister to open early just one volume of the encyclopedias that were awaiting Christmas morning. She remains passionate about words. Owner of On the Record Reporting & Transcription, she has worked in the industry since 1984.


 

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