Logophile: Clever Word Quizzes

Enjoy our trio of brain teasers for word geeks.

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  1. Which of the following is not a part of your face?
    1. canthus
    2. glabella
    3. sartorius
  2. The negotiator tried to _________________ the tense situation.
    1. defuse
    2. diffuse
  3. Add a letter to each of these two-syllable words to make them one-syllable words:
    1. boa
    2. ragged
    3. ague
    4. bated


  1. c: the sartorius is a thigh muscle; a canthus is the point where your eyelids meet, and the glabella is the space between your eyebrows
  2. a
  3. a. boat; b. dragged; c. vague; d. bathed

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