Tuesday January 15, 2013
Fun with synonyms
By OH TEIK THEAM
EACH sentence below contains a synonym of the italicised word(s), spelt out in consecutive letters. Can you spot it?
1. The old man-eating giant grinned lopsidedly as he trudged towards his friend to greet him.
2. The talks on arms limitations between the two countries have a very small chance of success.
3. The general wiped the perspiration from his forehead, unfurled a map of the region, and said, “In two days we attack the rebels.”
4. When the mother asked her son if there was any trouble keeping his room tidy, the little boy replied, “No, none at all.”
5. Eating his pudding, the boy jokingly referred to his spoon as a miniature spade.
6. The manager said to his secretary, “It’s not difficult to find the missing file if we make a systematic search of the offices.”
7. She was lighting the candles when she suddenly felt a small pain in her right arm.
8. The producer was informed that a member of his crew had a mishap with a threaded nail.
9. Brushing aside rumours of a mutiny, the wicked leader of the pirates proclaimed that he was in full control of his ship.
10. When I asked him if he was implying that I was not suitable for the job, he replied that I was angry only because I had misunderstood his words.
11. “Please work faster; you don’t need to take thirty minutes just to stitch on one button on the shirt.”
12. From the two books I lent her, she learned how to enunciate words containing letters that are written but not pronounced, such as “doubt” and “debt”.
13. My chef friend has acknowledged receipt of the large bag of potatoes I sent him.
14. The backpacker called his family to inform them that thieves had often tried to steal things from his portable shelter.
15. She spreads a beach towel on the lawn and lies face down on it, so that her back is soothed by the gentle caress of the warm sunshine.
1.ogre 2.slim 3.sweat 4.neat 5.spud 6.easy 7.slight 8.screw 9.sinful 10.simply 11.sew 12.silent 13.sack 14.tent 15.kiss n After retiring from handling numbers at the bank, the writer now moves to new writing ‘destinations’ using GPS (grammar, punctuation, style).