Planning and decorating and shopping and socializing can be a bit overwhelming during the holidays. Everyone wants to have a jolly good time, but the lure of quiet, cozy evenings are also unmistakable. Here’s to getting a good measure of both!
Any season and any month seems like a good time for finding a cozy spot and a long read. But there’s something about October. The bright foliage, sweet smells, and crisp air invite a sense of adventure that has some of us hiking, some of us baking, and many of us reading.
Developed by renowned word-player and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, doublets are a word pair linked by a chain of words formed by changing only one letter at a time. For Carroll, the object was to get from the first word to the last using the shortest possible chain of words in between. Carroll’s 1879 Doublets: A Word-Puzzle is available as a free Google eBook.
National Grammar Day is 10 short days away, on March 4th, the day of the year that forms a handy imperative sentence. It’s not all commands and demands, though. You’ll have a number of fun options for celebrating. Here are a few you'll want to check out:
We’ve had a little word fun with Valentine’s Day before. We unscientifically proved that the language of love is 70 percent French (or 100 percent Nahuatl), and we took you from a sweet treat to a life commitment in a five-step reflections game. Today, with snow (again!) blanketing much of the U.S., we slow it down and warm it up with a doublets game that goes from warm embrace to warm attachment in eight steps.
Although the Fourth of July fell on a Thursday this year, many people are still turning the opportunity into a long holiday weekend filled with friendly gatherings and fun in the great outdoors. Fighting the mosquitos and anticipating the weather isn’t your thing? Here’s a word game that will have you picking a site, gathering your kindling, and stretching your canvas shelter -- all from the comforts of your critter-free, climate-controlled home.
It has and, at this writing, continues to be a tough week in the United States: bombs, chemical explosions, flooding, death, severe injuries, manhunt, evacuation, lockdown. Take a break from the news coverage for a quick doublets word game that goes from a state of frustration and hostility to what the world needs now.
Use the first clue to find the first four-letter word. For the remaining words (also four letters each), find the word that fits the clue and can be created by changing only one letter of the previous word.