It's called "Following Clues," contains words
taken from the book by mystery writer P.D.
James. How good a word sleuth are you in
tracking down the correct meanings?
1. pallid (adj.) - A: gloomy or sad. B: smooth and glowing.
C: lacking color. D: submissive.
2. cumbersome (adj.) - A: obnoxious. B: sluggish.
C: unwieldy. D: diminutive.
3. raucous (adj.) - A: piercing. B: undercooked. C: loud and
harsh. D: vulgar.
4. cursory (adj.) - A: obscene. B: crafty. C: mean.
5. clutch (n.) - A: cluster. B: keyhole. C: obvious clue.
D: small cage.
6. concomitant (adj.) - A: resulting. B: occurring together.
C: fully committed. D: understandable.
7. reticent (adj.) - A: pure. B: furtive. C: reserved.
8. condolences (n.) - A: congratulations. B: expressions of
sympathy. C: words of forgiveness. D: acts of conciliation.
9. ostensibly (adv.) - A: virtually. B: obviously.
C: strictly. D: apparently.
10. sobriquet (n.) - A: actress in a light comedy. B: witty
remark. C: type of painting. D: nickname.
11. lugubrious (adj.) - A: mournful. B: greasy. C: fawning.
D: slow and heavy.
12. frisson (n.) - A: shudder. B: calm. C: decorative
border. D: type of dessert.
13. venue (n.) - A: recollection. B: meeting place.
C: passageway. D: long vista.
14. recrimination (n.) - A: setback. B: rebirth. C: counter-
change. D: asperity.
15. vicarious (adj.) - A: many and varied. B: doubtful.
C: transitory. D: serving as a substitute.
16. histrionic (adj.) - A: hypersensitive. B: historically
significant. C: uncouth. D: excessively dramatic.
17. derisory (adj.) - A: amusing. B: unfortunate. C: ridic-
ulous. D: damaging.
18. unprepossessing (adj.) - A: poverty-stricken.
B: unimpressive. C: distinctive. D: laid-back.
19. condone (v.) - A: to forgive. B: eliminate. C: regret.
20. rail (v.) - A: to rush through. B: punish. C: attack
verbally. D: lament.
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