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Spazy Croonerisms 9

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.


Puzzle ID:#37065
Fun:*** (2.96)
Difficulty:*** (2.27)
Submitted By:cnmne*us*****




A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?

1) ales in Madrid & to refuse javelins
2) sluggish crawl & insane jump
3) very warm poodle & selfish hoarder of specks
4) large cetacean & bundle of toupees


1) Spanish beers & banish spears
2) lazy creep & crazy leap
3) hot dog & dot hog
4) big whale & wig bale


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Jun 25, 2007

Ha, that was fun
Jul 27, 2007

Excellent!! I love these!!
Jul 27, 2007

Great fun! Thanks!

Now try this one:

concise - job // comparative of bad - inhabitant of Turkey

Jul 27, 2007

one of these days I will leard how to solve these........ I hope
Jul 27, 2007

I'm with you Grams, I love spoonerisms, but can never figure them out. These were all great.
Jul 27, 2007

Very interesting but not my type of trivia.
Jul 27, 2007

I got 3 1/2 out of 4! Got big and wig but didn't know cetacean and would never have thought of bale for bundle without the hay or straw.

These were great! More!

(And yes, Grandma B, I got yours, too!)
Jul 27, 2007

Tough one ! Very clever, but some of the words just did not leap to mind.
Jul 27, 2007

Excellent! The last one took me a little longer, but I loved it. Just the right challenge. BTW, doehead, this isn't trivia it a "teaser".

Jul 27, 2007

You got me there hoon. I couldn't figure those things out to save my life. Thanks for the post anyway. I've learned something new today.

Jul 27, 2007

Oh, and GrandmaB - got your's, too. Thanks!
Jul 27, 2007

Having been a teacher, I can't help wanting to help folks get the hang of how to do this kind of teaser...

So, on the example I offered earlier, here's how to think it out:

Pick an easy one of the clues that you might know the definition of:

inhabitant of Turkey is a "Turk"
or, Job is "work"

Then hearing the sound relationship of "Turk" and "work" you know you're on the right track.

Taking the first letter of each ("T" and "w"),
help you find the other words which are also definitions and rhyme with each other:
comparative of bad is "worse"
concise is "terse"


terse work :: worse Turk

Hope this helps
Jul 27, 2007

I only got the 1st one but thanks for the tips, GrandmaB, maybe I'll get the next one.
Jul 27, 2007

received a double, baby glop, got two, tot goo!
Jul 27, 2007

I got 31/2. Although i read three and immediately said hot dog , when i read the second half i was lost. I guess a brain freeze happened. Anyway it was nice. THX.
Jul 27, 2007

Couldn't put lazy and crazy to leap and creep, but the rest were all easy enough... and fun as usual!
Jul 27, 2007

That was great! I had a lot of fun with that one! Definitely my favorite...
Jul 27, 2007

You think that's bad? I didn't get the whale one and I teach science!
Jul 27, 2007

Thanks Gramma B You could be
Grandmaster B.

I get the first half of these but
then give up. This helps make more sense of them.

Good Teaser
Jul 27, 2007

Jul 27, 2007

Having read Moby Dick not that long ago, the cetacean reference was easy (seems like the word is on every page of the book). Fun teaser. Would love to see more like these!
Jul 27, 2007

Wow, those can get quite confusing!!! Great job though, I liked it!
Jul 29, 2007

i really liked it... good job
Jul 30, 2007

Hmm... "Banish" doesn't really mean "to refuse", it means "to expel, drive away, send away, compel to depart, exile". Other than that, a fine puzzle.
Jul 27, 2010

Didn't like it the first time I saw it, and still don't.
Jul 27, 2010

Love the spoonerisms. Keep 'em coming
Jul 27, 2010

One thing about having a swiss-cheese brain, I'd had no idea I'd already seen these until I read the comments! What I was going to say, I'll still say: I LOVED this teaser! It had the perfect level of difficulty--gettable, but I had to think some. I'm very happy it was re-posted!
Jul 27, 2010

Ditto Wordmama. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Jul 27, 2013

Not a favorite, but did get a couple.
I was not too sure what she was going for with the "beer" one. I thought maybe they called beer by another word. Oh well.
Jul 27, 2013

loved them!
Jul 27, 2016

nicely done
Jul 27, 2016

I usually get these, but not this morning - maybe too early. Thanks, though!
Jul 27, 2016

Very entertaining teaser; it took a short while but I got them all.

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