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.
Congratulations on almost making it through one of the longest workweeks of the year. No one can convince me that this workweek consists of a mere five days or that each day has been the same progression as always from sunrise to sunset. Taking frequent mind and body breaks doesn’t seem to be helping me move the time, but it never hurts to try.