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Bestiality [BB504]

12 April, 2015

Equine obviously relates to the horse, and lupine, the wolf. Are you in line to divine the nine other –ine words below? An easy puzzle for vocab hounds, given your zoo of choice includes the bear, crow, deer, eagle, frog, parrot, peacock, rabbit and snake. (And for some extra neuron firing, can you cobble together a tidy clue for any of these words?)

1. anguine

2. aquiline

3. cervine

4. corvine

5. leporine

6. pavonine

7. psittacine             

8. ranine

9. ursine


BB503 SOLUTION: 3 Wise Men (or Monkeys), 3-Legged Race, Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, 3 Coins in a Fountain, 3 Sisters by Anton Chekhov, 3 Billy Goats Gruff, 3 Amigos with Steve Martin, 3-Point Turn, 3 Laws of Motion by Sir Isaac Newton, 3 Kings with George Clooney, 3-Ring Circus, 3 Tenors with Placido Domingo

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