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Five Spoonerisms

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


Puzzle ID:#9892
Fun:*** (3.03)
Difficulty:*** (2.74)
Submitted By:Bobbrt*****




A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have the initial sounds switched to form new words. For example, "churning bear" is a spoonerism for "burning chair" (note that the pairs do not have to be spelled the same - only sound the same). From the definitions below, can you figure out the spoonerism pairs?

1. Thumper's cellphone...mis-named nerve.
2. Where to buy a mallard...jammed portal.
3. Grizzly relative...two pin-lovers.
4. Sad iguana...Merlin slam-dunking.
5. Wasp accelerates...Half a six-pack.


1. Bunny phone...funny bone.
2. Duck store...stuck door.
3. Polar bear...bowler pair.
4. Weeping lizard...leaping wizard.
5. Bee throttles...three bottles.


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Jan 27, 2003

I like it! I like it!
(user deleted)
Jan 28, 2003

I didn't read your teaser, but you are the editor of one of my teasers (Ramsey). You said that my Winnie the Pooh teasers would be impossible to answer if you didn't read Winnie the Pooh, but a lot of the teasers have answers that have to do with the United States. I am Canadian so I wouldn't know those answers. IT WAS NOT FAIR!!!!!!
Feb 19, 2003

I thought this brain teaser was O.K.
Feb 19, 2003

It didn't say that the words given were hints from which one needed to re-arrange the first parts. I thought it was 6/10.
Feb 19, 2003

Ingeniously clever and very hard. I too liked it. The merlin one was the best.
Jul 29, 2003

Liked it! These types of teasers are pretty fun.. haven't seen them anywhere else besides on this site!
Got the first two and half-got the last three... but fun!
Feb 12, 2005

At first I didn't know what I was supposed to do, but then I got it after I looked at some of the answers. Great teaser though.
Feb 20, 2005

I like it! Good one... At first, I was completly blank, but after a minute or so, it came to me!
Feb 20, 2005

Great teaser!!
Only one that threw me was the polar bear - kept thinking aunt, uncle etc. Finally got it backward from the bowlers.

Thanks for the work on this, would love to see more.
Feb 20, 2005

Horrible instructions.
Feb 20, 2005

That's a good one. i didn't get it though.
Feb 20, 2005

Fun, but difficult. Now that I know how to do them, maybe the next one will be easier. I enjoyed it.
Feb 20, 2005

Darn, I got all of them except Duck Store. I settled on Duck Stop - Stuck Dock for some reason, even though it's not a spoonerism. I even had Duck Store at one point but didn't convert the other side to Stuck Door. I liked the puzzle! Nice difficulty but solvable.
Feb 20, 2005

GREAT teaser! I didn't get all of them, though...
Feb 20, 2005

I loved 'em I didn't really understand what to do at first, but after staring at it for about 5 min. I got the jist. Would love to see more like these very clever!
Feb 20, 2005

Should have been clearer that reazder needed to generate both halves.
(user deleted)
Feb 20, 2005

Creative and fun. I loved them.
Feb 20, 2005

You had me laughing! Nice one!
Feb 20, 2005

i didnt get what to do...
but it was nice
Feb 20, 2005

You're a pretty fart smeller ... I mean smart feller. Hehehehe...
Feb 20, 2005

very cute... spoonerisms are fun!
Feb 20, 2005

Wait a minute... a wasp is not a bee!
Feb 21, 2005

That is awesome! Very smart.
Feb 21, 2005

very cool!
Mar 18, 2005

I thought that we were supposed to turn the words that were already there into spoonerisms. it was clever, though
Mar 18, 2005

I thought that we were supposed to turn the words that were already there into spoonerisms. it was clever, though
Feb 03, 2006

I love these types of puzzles, although I thought the difficulty rating was a tad too high (about one point!) Great job!
May 23, 2006

leaping wizard... how adorable! good job!
May 23, 2006

One through four were really fine, but five...wasp and bee...a bit of a stretch. One Spoonerisms too far, hey? Still I enjoyed the teaser.
May 23, 2006

Not too difficult, different AND a lot of fun! I liked these. Although you got me with THROTTLES and BOTTLES, POLAR and BOWLER.
May 23, 2006

By the way, loved the spoonerism by CANSTANZ above too! Made me laugh out loud.
May 23, 2006

I got some of them...
May 23, 2006

I got all but leaping / weeping. I knew it had to be "l" and "w" but just didn't think of "weeping". This was really good!!! I think there should be an example, however, I mean an ex. just like the regular questions. Very good, Thanks!!!
May 23, 2006

Brilliant! I love these spoonerisms Keep up the good work!
May 23, 2006

I guess I just don't understand what you have to do to figure out the answers. Can someone explain?
May 23, 2006

May 23, 2006

Fun!! Directions could have been a bit clearer.
May 23, 2006

unclear directions,but other than that......cute one
May 23, 2006

These were fun. I hadn't tried this type of puzzle before. I got 3 of them so I was happy!
May 23, 2006

Great! Could get only one, that too after quite some thinking. Love this type of puzzles whose clues are hard to frame. Hope we get more of such teasers.
(user deleted)
May 23, 2006

I understood the directiosn clearly and got all but one correct (#3 - polar bear bowler pair). Great job - would love to see more of these!
May 23, 2006

Only got two but it was fun......
May 23, 2006

Awesome teaser, keep it up!
May 23, 2006

LVED 'em! The only thing that would have made them better, as stated by others, would have been a clearer example in the directions - one that was constructed exactly like the teaser spoonerisms.
ThanxaMILLION for the fun!
May 23, 2006

No pun intended, but I just ate up these spoonerisms. Loved them. Had trobule with polar and bowler, but otherwise they were great. Many more, please. Great job. As you can tell, I really liked these teasers.
May 23, 2006

Like this but thought they were really tough. Might have been easier if the instructions were better. I was trying to turn one part into a spoonerism for the other. Pammed Jortal? Sumper's Thellphone. Boy did I feel stupid once I saw the answers.
May 23, 2006


These were fun. To me they were hard since I never seen them before, but still fun. Next be clearer on directions. Thanks .
May 23, 2006

I agree with kboardma. After I read the answers I was like, "Oh, that's what we're supposed to do." The instructions didn't make sense to me.
May 23, 2006

May 23, 2006

Thought it was a little confusing at first, but then got it. HA! Great job!
May 23, 2006

May 23, 2006

immuray i am soooo sick of your snide comments. you hate every puzzle you read! if they give you so much pain, please stop coming to this site!

i really liked it though! it was fun!
May 23, 2006

I haven't seen this before, and I did not get a one. would like to try more of these though.
May 23, 2006

nys... veri funi...

May 23, 2006

Must jump in with many others. Very well thought out puzzles, but the directions left me in the dark. One example would have made this great fun. As mentioned by others, I was caught trying to turn one part into a spoonerism for the other.
May 23, 2006

Not my cup of tea, but a very good job just the same. Instructions could have been a little better, or I could have been a little brighter. I'm not sure which.
May 23, 2006

The instructions weren't so good but still it was a good teaser, after I got it
May 23, 2006

ummm, i don't know what to say. I couldn't come up with it but, you know.... it was okay. It was challenging. but maybe i should learn to take a little challenge...
May 23, 2006

just want to point out that a wasp isn't really a bee

I like the spoonerism idea... too bad I'm horrible at them (I didn't get any right)
May 24, 2006

Excellent...very difficult.
May 24, 2006

Only for couple of these. It was fun trying to figure it out,though.
May 24, 2006

OOPS! I meant I only got a couple of these. Sorry! I'm not fully awake yet.
May 24, 2006

VERY well done. Directions were clear to me but Spoonerisms are one of my favorites.
May 26, 2006

Great job! I only got one of them (the duck store one), but I did understand the directions. Maybe because I already knew what spoonerisms are.

I can't understand why several people are always responding to immuray's comments. I'm getting more tired of them (the responding comments)thanI am of him. Don't you think he is doing this ony to "bait" you and is probably getting a chuckle out of every one that expresses annoyance with him? Why don't we all just ignore him and he'll get tired of his little game.

Aso, if every comment just said "great job!" what would be interesting about reading the comments? (I'm referring now to those who get uspset with people who express another view or explain an alternative slant on the teaser.)

I, personally, enjoy reading the comments as much as trying the brain teasers.
Nov 08, 2006

Excellent bunch of spoonerisms!

To comment on the criticism of the instructions - I can't imagine what would be the point if one side of the spoonerism was given, and you had to get the other - that would be no challenge whatsoever.

If you didn't know what to do, you could always do a web search for spoonerism to figure it out, or try out some of the other easier spoonerisms submitted already.
May 23, 2007

May 23, 2007

And, by the way, the directions were quite clear to me...

I suggest that before one looks at the answers, try looking for similar puzzles in the archives...
May 23, 2007

Wheww! That was a brain stretch for me... I only got store.

I'm always curious as to how folks put these together. Those must have been just as difficult to create as to solve! Did you first think of a series of spoonerized words and then put the phrases together?

I just tried to create one...not easy to make them meaningful:
How about "heavy, wind; spoiled kid, chilled"
Answer: fat breeze; brat freeze

That was terrible; sorry......
May 23, 2007

Great teaser. I had trouble with the last 3 but got the first 2 immediately. I had to think hard on the last ones and still didn't get them completely.

Keep up the great job!!!
May 23, 2007

Those were a lot of fun! I thoroughly enjoyed them. I got all except the third one. I knew the bear and pair part but was stuck on trying to come up with a relative like papa or something, but nothing fit. Never crossed my mind that it might be a relative of a grizzly like a polar bear. That was brilliant though. I love puzzles that stump me but then I'm kicking myself once I read the answer.

With regard to the directions, I myself had no trouble understanding them. However, in the future (and I hope there will be more of these in the future) it might be a good idea to give an example that follows the same format as the puzzle itself, instead of just a general spoonerism example.
May 23, 2007

Only complaint I have is a wasp is not a bee, two different insects.
May 23, 2007

this was funny. The only problem was the instructions. It doesn't do a good job of explaining. But the answers were so cute
May 23, 2007

4 years old and still as stupid
May 23, 2007

very good teaser...dont have a lot of time this morning .so i cheated and looked at the answers.. verynice..
May 23, 2007

for those who didnt like the instrucktions...what was so hard about it?it was pretty simple ..i guess if you dont have any brain cells it would be kinda hard you.mayby you get of the pot ..that might help..
May 23, 2007

I liked it - good job!

doe - are you always miserable? Why even bother coming and commenting if you're always going to be so negative? UGH
May 23, 2007

i looked at this teaser and went straight to the answer. It looked harder than it really was. This was a great tain breezer, I mean brain teaser.
May 23, 2007

I liked it. A couple of these are right up there with my favorite Spoonerism, attributed to Reverend Spooner, himself: "The boy rode on a well boiled icicle."
May 23, 2007

I'm not very good at some of these teasers, but they are very clever
May 23, 2007

You should have given an example. I was trying to do the wrong thing.
May 23, 2007

I wouldn't go so far as Horrible
for insructions. But I didn't get them either.

1st if this kind for me. Thought I was working with 2 words - not 4.

Was on on some clues like 3 is 1/2 a 6 pack but did'nt know how to follow thru.

I will now

THANKS THO... A lot o thought went into that.
May 23, 2007

2nd posting from Rose 2ndhand

Do the puzzle creators make the sample or is it as I think BRAINGLE.

I think so . Could be wrong. To blame whoever created a good puzzle for bad instructions would then be wrong.

Let's be positive & nice ...
May 23, 2007

Good job!
May 23, 2007

I really like these and I think you did a great job!! Keep 'em coming!!
May 23, 2007

Nice...I've always loved these. The directions were great.

And wasps and bees are close enough for these kinds of things...if you didn't get it, just admit you didn't get it and move on. Enough with the excuses.
May 23, 2007

Directions were perfect and teaser fun to do. Great job!
May 23, 2007

good one

im bored

message me
pretty please
with a cherry on top!
May 23, 2007

My brain wasn't up to the task I loved GrandaB's comments....Brat freeze..indeed
May 23, 2007

these are great! i love em! make some more please!
May 23, 2007

ummmmmm wut do not understand
May 23, 2007

really neat...i wonder which smarty pants did that... ...but i looooooooooooooooved this one
May 23, 2007

Who iz imurray...whoevery he iz...idont like his comment!!
May 23, 2007

I read the directions and the example and knew exactly what to do. I'm not sure why people thought they were confusing. These were fun to do. Hope there are more of them coming!
May 24, 2007

I didn't understand the directions, I guess, cuz made no sense to me but now that I see what the deal is , I should be able to figure out the next ones. Nice going!
Jul 12, 2007

Wow, these were hilarious!!! And I liked the level of challenge ... just right! Tough, but easy enough to get them and feel rewarded by the answer being great!
May 31, 2010

GREAT teasers!
Too tricky for me today
Even though it's afternoon, I can't wake up!
May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day in US, everyone!
Jun 03, 2010

tricky.. bit too tricky for me.. i dont know what a duck store is.. or a bunny phone. liket he idea though. got the wizard one
Dec 15, 2012

Lover spoonerisms. The only one I missed was the wizard one. I read Merlin as Marlin and couldn't come up with anything with a fish in the answer
Dec 15, 2012

Lover spoonerisms. The only one I missed was the wizard one. I read Merlin as Marlin and couldn't come up with anything with a fish in the answer
May 31, 2013

I only got one, but had fun trying the rest. Good teaser.
May 31, 2013

I only got 1, also. These were trickier than usual I think - but still fun! Thanks!
May 31, 2013

I only got a few, they were too tough for me.
May 31, 2016

It's about 2 am (USA CST).

We are about a day ahead of you so I'll wait until beyond your "wake-up" time to comment again.

Meanwhile ... still willing to wager this won't get more than four comments.

(the BunnyBunch)

(still hilarity)
May 31, 2016

Almost 8 am (USA CST) and still no comments.

Very sad.

Wonder if somebody is going to "blame it on me" again ????

(the Bunnybunch) ; still "going strong" and laughing all the way.

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