Brain Exercises – December 14

Grammar Police Spelling Gremlins

Pick the correct version of the word in each sentence:

  1. The iconographer (guilded, gilded) the sides of the frame.

  2. It was a most (grievous, grievious) mistake that was made.

  3. The plane was in the (hanger, hangar) at the airport.

  4. The dress was on a satin (hanger, hangar).

  5. The young man had a very (hearty, hardy) appetite.

  6. The general roared, “We’ll have no more of your (hairbrained, harebrained) ideas around here.”

  7. The novel was a sad, (heart rendering, heart rending) tale of woe.

  8. A large glass of (ice tea, iced tea) would taste really good.

  9. The (internment, interment) of the body took place on Saturday.

  10. He was sentenced to ten years of (interment, internment) in federal prison.

Kinship Puzzles

  1. Who is your husband’s mother’s daughter?

  2. A boy answers the phone. He asks, “Who’s speaking?” The caller , a male, answers, “Don’t you recognize me? Your mother’s mother is my mother-in-law.” Who is the caller?

  3. A girl answers the phone. She asks, “Who’s speaking?” The caller, a female, answers,  “Don’t you recognize me Your father’s sister’s daughter is my own daughter.”  Who’s the caller?

  4. Who is your mother’s father’s son?

  1. Who is your wife’s father’s son?

  2. A little girl answers the phone. She asks, “Who’s speaking?” The caller, another little girl, answers, “ Don’t you recognize me?  I’m your mother’s sister’s daughter.”  Who’s the caller?

  3. A man answers the phone this time. He asks, “Who’s speaking?” The caller, a female, answers, “Don’t you recognize me? Your father is my father-in-law.” “Are you my aunt?” asks the man. No,I am not,” responds the female.  Who’s the caller?

  4. Who is your mother’s mother’s daughter?

Answers

Spelling Gremlins

  1. Gilded

  2. Grievous (it’s two syllables)

  3. hangar (plane flies through the Air = two a’s)

  4. hanger

  5. hearty

  6. harebrained ( silly as a hare)

  7. heart rending  (your heart is rent (torn)

  8. iced tea (it’s not made of ice so it is iced because you put ice into it)

  9. interment

  10. internment

Kinship

  1. She’s your sister-in-law

  2. boy’s father or uncle

  1. She’s the girl’s aunt

  2. He’s your uncle

  3. He’s your brother-in-law

  4. She’ the girl’s first cousin

  5. She’s the man’s wife

  1. Mother or aunt