Word Puzzle!

Choose the meaning you think
is correct for each - Have fun!

1. sear (v.) - A: to insult. B: thirst. C: predict.
D: scorch.

2. seer (n.) - A: elderly person. B: cooking utensil.
C: idealist. D: prophet.

3. dun (v.) - A: to soil. B: add to. C: demand payment.
D: find fault.

4. don (v.) - A: to chaperone. B: put on. C: give. D: lord

5. nib (n.) - A: point. B: small amount. C: essence.
D: clever response.

6. nub (n.) - A: clumsy person. B: lack of courtesy.
C: mechanical fitting. D: knob or lump.

7. vie (v.) - A: to long for. B: compete. C: urge. D: pass

8. via (prep.) - A: over. B: toward. C: by way of.
D: between.

9. quark (n.) - A: in physics, a fundamental particle.
B: unusual star. C: newt. D: any unexplained phenomenon.

10. quirk (n.) - A: dagger. B: self-satisfied smile. C: odd
mannerism. D: habit.

11. couch (v.) - A: to camouflage. B: put into words.
C: relax. D: hunker down.

12. conch (n.) - A: part of a saddle. B: crown. C: rope.
D: shell.

13. wax (v.) - A: to begin. B: diminish. C: melt. D: grow.

14. wag (n.) - A: sprite. B: dishonest person. C: joker.
D: someone who is ineffectual.

15. score (v.) - A: to criticize severely. B: cleanse.
C: flatter. D: treat with deference.

16. scope (n.) - A: agenda. B: range or extent. C: educated
guess. D: conclusion.

17. rife (adj.) - A: divided. B: petty. C: widespread.
D: accurate.

18. rile (v.) - A: to enliven. B: waste time. C: blunder.
D: annoy.

19. chafe (v.) - A: to rub against. B: tease. C: cut through.
D: challenge persistently.

20. chaff (n.) - A: compost. B: impatience. C: grain husks.
D: foolishness.

*Answers are located in "comments"
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Professor Howdy said...

Answers To The Quiz:

1. sear - D: To scorch; brown quickly; wither; as, The
summer sun can sear a field. Old English searian (to dry).

2. seer - D: Prophet; one who predicts; wise person; someone
with deep moral and spiritual insight. Middle English seen
(to see).

3. dun - C: To demand payment of a debt; as, Credit-card
companies dun delinquent customers. Perhaps derived from
Joe Dun, a 16th-century London debt collector.

4. don - B: To put on; as, They quickly donned raincoats and
left. Contraction of do and on.

5. nib - A: Point of anything; as, the nib of a pen; the
diamond nib of a record player. Old English nebb (beak).

6. nub - D: Knob or lump. Also, the gist, heart or point of
something; as, the nub of a discussion. Middle Low German
knubbe (knot).

7. vie - B: To compete; struggle for superiority; as, tennis
rivals vying for a championship. Old French envier (to

8. via - C: By way of; through; as, to go from New York to
San Francisco via Chicago. Also, by means of; as, via air-
mail. Latin.

9. quark - A: In physics, a fundamental particle of which
protons and neutrons are made. Coined from a line in James
Joyce's Finnegan's Wake: "Three quarks for Muster Mark."

10. quirk - C: Odd mannerism or trait; idiosyncrasy; as, her
quirk of talking to house plants. Also, sudden change or
twist; as, to win by a quirk of fate. Origin unknown.

11. couch - B: To put into words; express; as, She couched
her request in an amusing way. Old French coucher (to lay

12. conch - D: Large, handsome, spiral shell of various
marine mollusks. Greek konche.

13. wax - D: To grow, as said of the moon. Also, to increase
in intensity; as, to wax enthusiastic over an idea. Old
English weaxan.

14. wag - C: Joker; wisecracker; wit. Perhaps shortened from
Middle English waghalter (rogue, rascal, or mischievous
person; also, someone likely to hang).

15. score - A: To criticize severely; berate; as, The media
scored the senator's poor judgment. Old Norse skora (to

16. scope - B: Range or extent; as, within the scope of his
ability. Also, opportunity; as, the exciting scope of the
plan. Greek scopos (aim, target).

17. rife - C: Widespread, suggesting an increase of some-
thing; as, a city rife with drug-related crime. Old English
ryfe (abundant).

18. rile - D: To annoy; vex; irk; as, People were riled over
the unexpected increase in taxes. Variation of roil (to stir

19. chafe - A: To rub against, making sore or worn; as, The
stiff collar chafed her neck. Also, to become impatient; as,
He chafed at restrictions. Middle English chaufen (to warm).

20. chaff - C: Grain husks separated from seeds by thresh-
ing. Also, banter or good-natured teasing. Middle English

J. Hampton - Harvard Law School said...

You know you are a UNC grad
when a tornado hits your
neighborhood and does
$100,000.00 worth of

Anonymous said...

Dear Professor,

I had general anesthesia for my surgery. It's so weird.
You go to sleep in one room and then wake up four
hours later in a totally different room. Just like in college.

Ross S.

Jill Carattini - rzim said...

As the Lamb

Ralph Wood, professor of theology and literature at Baylor University, once
asked a group of seminary students to compare two individuals: an astute
collegian who tells you insistently that sin and the fall of humanity are
fallacies invented by the superstitious, and a young pagan in a remote
village whom you find in the woods sacrificing a chicken on a makeshift
altar. "Which man is farther from the truth?" he asked. The students
hemmed and hawed but hesitantly agreed that the pagan boy, however
primitively, understood something the other did not. There is a need in
our lives for atonement. There is a need for blood.

As Malcolm Muggeridge regularly insisted, the depravity of humankind is at
once the most unpopular of the Christian doctrines and yet the most
empirically verifiable. We have within us a basic sense of our desperate
condition. We are aware--or often reminded--that we are not quite what we
should be, what we were intended to be. Something went wrong, something we
yearn to see made right, but somehow find ourselves incapable of

For generations, the Israelites labored to follow laws that were meant to
atone for their sin and restore them to the presence of God: "And you
shall provide a lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering to
the LORD daily; morning by morning you shall provide it" (Ezekiel 46:13).
The language of sacrifice and offering was found throughout Near Eastern
culture. But Israel's sacrifices were not the same as blood shed by those
attempting to appease the many gods they feared and followed. The prophets
sent throughout Israel's history were forever insisting that what God was
commanding was far more than the empty performance of sacrifice. God
wanted sacrifices offered with hearts of worship, lives yearning to be in
the presence of their creator, though recognizing the fear of such an act.
The God of Israel wanted to be near his chosen people, and God made them a
way through the blood of a spotless lamb.

When Scripture speaks of Christ as the Lamb of God, it is easy to think of
it as something like a symbolic code. Each time we read of the lamb or the
lion in Scripture, it is easy to move through the text with an
instantaneous recognition: The lamb is Christ. The lion is Christ. But
Oxford scholar John Lennox reminds us that these passages tell us not only
who it is, but what it is. It is Christ as the lamb,
the spotless lamb whose blood my life requires. The description moves
well beyond symbolism. Christ is the Lamb whose blood atones my
depravity, the Lamb who moves me forever into the presence of God.

When the apostle John describes his vision of heaven in the book of
Revelation, the Lamb is found in the center of a singing multitude: "Then
I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of
the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders"
(Revelation 5:6). Lennox thus asks thoughtfully: "But how can a slain
lamb stand?" On these days leading up to holy week, it is an image that
poses much for our hearts and minds. The Lamb who bore my sins, forever
bears the scars of my atonement, even as he stands.

As the Lamb, Christ has reached a need we could not. He has become the
sacrifice we could not give. He is the Lamb who was slain so that we
could bow and sing in the presence of God on Easter Sunday. In these days
leading to that celebration, indeed, as the apostle instructs, behold the
Lamb of God. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Cornerstone, the
Shepherd, our Advocate who overcomes. The Slain Lamb stands!

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia

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