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A Transcendental Slant

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Puzzle ID:#49087
Fun:*** (2.36)
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Category:Language
Submitted By:Gizzer*

 

 

 



A set of words that can be read both horizontally and vertically is known as a word square. The words TEN, ERA, and NAB can form a word square as shown below.

T E N
E R A
N A B

Can you construct a word square using the following cryptic clues for the 5-letter words in the square?

1) Where mouthwash has power.
2) Theft of a flower bud.
3) A lot of work in Latin class.
4) Lassie sticks up for coffee.
5) Wipeout!


Answer

S C O P E
C A P E R
O P E R A
P E R K S
E R A S E

1) The area where something has influence or power is known as its scope, which is also the name of a brand of mouthwash.

2) A theft is an example of a criminal act sometimes called a caper. A caper is also a flavourful flower bud used in cooking.

3) The Latin word for work is opus, and the plural of opus is opera.

4) A dog's ears might stick up, or perk up, at the smell of coffee perking (percolating).

5) "Wipeout!" is a great surfing song, and to wipe out something is to erase it.

Did you notice that the letters on the diagonal from lower left to upper right are all E's? Euler's number (e) is a transcendental number, so you could say that the word square has a transcendental slant!

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