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Word Puzzle

by Laurel Stoddard, CET


More Mysterious Words


Our favorite master of puzzling, Laurel Stoddard, has been at it again. Laurel composes the Word Puzzles for our AAERT newsletter. Since Laurel is an avid reader, this quarter she's been perusing the mystery section of her library. When she comes across a novel word, Laurel makes an electronic note of the word to use in one of her future puzzles. Do you love to be baffled and perplexed? See if you can solve Laurel's word puzzle. We think you will find it mystifying and mind-boggling!


____1. edaphalogy

a. keffiyeh

____2. vitiate

b. hostile

____3. oppugnant

c. growing in limestone

____4. perfervid

d. center of attention

____5. shemagh

e. study of soil

____6. tannoy

f. corrupt

____7. imprecation

g. overwrought

____8. cynosure

h. curse

____9. sinecure

i.  loudspeaker

____10. calcareous

j. position that provides income but requires little work


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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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