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Puzzle ID:#36907
Fun:*** (2.98)
Difficulty:** (1.97)
Submitted By:MarcM1098Aca*****
Corrected By:MarcM1098




Find a rhyme for each word below so you end up with a familiar three-word phrase in the form "__, __, and __".

Clue = "Cook, Wine, Drinker"
Answer = "Hook, Line, and Sinker"

1. Shop, Swap, Dole
2. Mop, Slip, Thump
3. Mud, Wet, Smears
4. Sock, Rock, Carol
5. Claim, Debt, Scratch
6. Steady, Filling, Label
7. Warning, Soon, Flight

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Jun 11, 2007

i LOVED this one!! u did a good job! i only got a few right though. lol
Jul 06, 2008

VERY fun and VERY good idea and VERY well done.
Aug 09, 2011

At last! Somehting I can do and wasn't that fun!!!!
Aug 09, 2011

Barrel and Peril? Not in my parts of the English-speaking world.

Otherwise, fun teaser.
Aug 09, 2011

I agree with spikethru4. Peril and Barrel don't really rhyme. I was thinking of lock stock and barrel, but when I got to peril, I became stumped and decided I didn't know what that one could be.
Aug 09, 2011

Took me longer than usual (the brain is showing its age), but I got all of them. Hi GiMi
Aug 09, 2011

I also want to say hello to auntiesis.
Aug 09, 2011

I liked that quiz! Thanks Thought it was as "breezy as gun, who, me" (Easy as one, two, three!) Hi to KiPA and AS! Hope you're all having a wonderful day!!
Aug 09, 2011

Also, interesting comment about PERIL and BARREL not rhyming. Here in our part of the US, it does rhyme. Although I know someone in eastern Pennsylvania who would pronounce peril as purl. Different dialect.
Aug 09, 2011

I'm with spike all the way on this; I would love to know where he and gaylewolf are from, to track their linguistic differences! Peril's first vowel is short e, and barrel's is short a. (I'm from the nyc area.) I'm a language teacher, so this is of interest to me. Have a great day, folks!
Aug 09, 2011

I'm with gaylewolf on this one. Sorry wordmomma, but the people from nyc have a different dialect than the rest of U.S.
Aug 09, 2011

For those who don't think "peril" rhymes with barrel, would "carol" be better?
Aug 09, 2011

In some areas merry/Mary/marry are all prounounced the exact same. In others, they're pronounced quite differently (first syllables pronounced to rhyme with ear, air & are).

English is an interesting language with all its regional variants (Boston English is very different from Socal English, and both find Australian English to be almost alien). Even the grammar is insane sometimes - "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is an actual complete, grammatically correct sentence.
Aug 09, 2011

Oh I LOVE these comments - very interesting and very insightful - and nice that they are remaining friendly. Wordmama, I am from the Detroit area - and I have friends in Ohio who have what we used to call "southern" accent. And my friends from eastern Pennsylvania have another, different dialect. Friends from New Jersey offer another distinct variation to the same words. And, yes, MarcM, "Carol" would have fit. Now, Rockstar - will you please translate your Buffalo buffalo... sentence.
Aug 09, 2011

Love this one. The barrel/peril contraversy is interesting to me. I'm from the New England and many of my neighbors pronounce them the same, while I find they sound different to my ears when I speak them out loud. I like to see all the comments from everyone. Hi to doehead and GnMn.
Aug 09, 2011

I'm am of the "they rhyme" school. Not sure how one would pronounce peril otherwise.
Aug 10, 2011

@Wordmama, I am from the UK and now live in Australia. There are many different dialects in both those countries but I cannot think of any in which 'peril' and 'barrel' would sound the same. Even trying to pronounce them with an American drawl left me stumped as to how they could rhyme.

But, clearly there are pockets of North America where they do, so I am interested to know: do you pronounce 'barrel' with a hard 'e' ('berrel') or 'peril' with a hard 'a' ('paril'), or is there some in-between sound that they both adopt?

@MarcM, 'carol' works wonderfully! Much better suggestion, imho.
Aug 12, 2011

wat the heck wuz that? srry im tired i need 2 go 2 sleep now
May 18, 2013

I got them all but the first one, thanks for changing 'peril' to 'carol' I never would have got it otherwise. Your teasers are always, always fun Marc. I know I sound like a broken record by now, but thanks so much, again!
Aug 09, 2014

I thought it was fun in 2011 and still think it is now. Had fun both times.
Aug 09, 2014

6/7 #5 even after I read it wasn't familiar to me
Aug 09, 2014

I was only stuck on the first, although I had the 2nd and 3rd word. I logically guessed the 1st word to score 100%. Like this a lot and definitely put a smile on my face this morning
Aug 09, 2014

Some of these were familiar and easy for me, some were not. Catmom, I think the one you mentioned refers to a tennis match. I like this type of quiz. Hope to see more!

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