If you over-imbibed on all the Grammar Day activities, posts, chats, and contests this week, here’s the perfect chaser: a Wordoku puzzle. It keeps things verbal by using letters instead of numbers, but it provides the same calming, orderly fun of traditional Sudoku.
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.
In the U.S., we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January — January 20 this year. As a professional speaker, both in his role as minister and as civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr generated a remarkable body of quotes on a wide array of issues. Many have become touchstones in modern writing about courage, education, ethics, faith, justice, love, nonviolence, racism, sense, and more.
What are the depths of winter good for if not reflection — and word play. In a bit of meta fun, today’s game takes us through the secret dream of writers everywhere: to go from playing around with words to having a megahit in a mere seven steps.
Use the clue to complete the word or phrase; the last part of each word or phrase is the first part of the next. [Difficulty level: easy-moderate]
Words are trendy things. Some popular words have a clear causal event. Others creep onto the scene with little evidence of where they came from or why. And a few pop up annually, as if they have scheduled appearances to make.
On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne created and published the first crossword puzzle. Running in the “Fun” section of the New York World and including the given word FUN, the puzzle was called a “word-cross” and it started the crossword craze that we still enjoy today.
We may dream of and play games featuring winter adventures, but much of the U.S. is experiencing the kind of cold and snow that drives us inside for cozy and quiet evenings. The kind that go perfectly with a warm beverage and a good old-fashioned word search.
Find the 24 winter words in this classic word search. Words can go in any direction—including backwards and diagonally. Need a little help? See below for the first two letters of each word. [Difficulty level: moderate]