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Dr J - A, B, C or D

27 July, 2012

Picked up a cute book in Readings yesterday – Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words & Meanings from Doctor Johnson’s Dictionary That Time Forgot. Flicking through over brekkie, I’ve learnt yux to be a hiccup, dizzard a blockhead, and flexanimous – having the power ot change one’s mind!

See how you fare with this arcane quiz. Answers are in the Comment section. And then see if you can create a silken clue for any of the five.

  1. PLEDGET -
    A] clump of lint
    B] white lie
    C] young cockerel
    D] scarf clasp

  2. SPONK -
    A] small spade
    B] trouser stain
    C] castrated ram
    D] sulphur-dipped match

  3. FURACIOUS -
    A] inclined to steal
    B] cantankerous
    C] prone to chance
    D] mildewy

  4. MUNDUNGUS -
    A] tufted petrel
    B] remainder of a debt
    C] foetid tobacco
    D] cattle disease

  5. PICKTHANK -
    A] seller of pirated books
    B] meddling official
    C] ragamuffin
    D] spittoon

Answers in the Comments. How’d you go/guess? And see if we can clue Dr J’s five with style.

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