I idolize Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzles. I used to lie in bed on Sunday mornings and wait for his Puzzlemaster segment to air on NPR. Then I'd rattle off as many answers as I could and try to beat whomever the contestant was that morning. I never phoned in, but lying there in my Sunday morning reverie (before the mad rush to get ready for church) I usually won.
Here's a Will Shortz-esque word puzzle I made up (not for the faint of heart):
I have a standing offer to anyone in my family of $20 to the first person who can beat me at Scrabble®. So far no one has claimed it. So I'm extending it here to you. First person who solves this puzzle (all 5 word pairs) wins a $20 gift certificate to Amazon. (Answers published next week, along with the winner, if there is one.) I'm thinking this puzzle would be right up Luisa's alley (of Novembrance fame) but since she's out on maternity leave, that might just give everyone else a better chance at the prize.
Add three letters to the middle of one answer to form the other.
Example: Picnic pest / Quantity A N T A M O U N T
1. To take offense / To take on as a client _________ ____________
2. Blog Remark / Personal Resolution _________ ___________
3. Summon or imagine / Venture a guess _________ ____________
4. Runs a museum / Runs an automobile _________ ____________
5. Female Relative / Increase _________ ____________
Following are the letters you add to solve each puzzle above:
1. P R E
2. M I T
3. E C T
4. A R B
5. G M E
p.s. It's lucky I prepared this one ahead of time, because last night I came down with the flu, and today I'm just grateful for Gatorade. :)