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Word Puzzle

by Laurel Stoddard, CET


Word Puzzle

Close Encounters of the Word Kind


____1. geosmin

a. fragrance of rain hitting dry earth

____2. samizdat

b. send to assist or support

____3. sabulous

c. middle of a rope

____4. petrichor

d. of winter

____5. fardel

e. dissident literature

____6. second

f. petty formality

____7. punctilio

g. soil-scented organic compound

____8. bight

h. customs document

____9. hibernal

i. burden

____10. carnet

j. sandy, gritty


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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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