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Word questionnaire--27.

What follows is a quiz consisting of eight questions drawn from various branches of logology. With twenty answers in all, score five points for each correct response.

1. What six-letter word is spelled with three "B"s, no two of which are contiguous?

2. What is the smallest number name in which all five vowels appear at least once, order notwithstanding?

3. If the names of the chemical elements are listed in alphabetical order, what are the first and last entries in the list?

4. What presidential surname displays its letters in reverse alphabetical order?

5. A qwerty is a word that a proficient typist can produce using just one hand on a conventional keyboard. For example, AFTEREFFECTS is a left-hand qwerty, while NONILLION is a right-hand qwerty.

(a) Find the only two state names that are qwertys.

(b) Find three presidential surnames that are qwertys.

(c) Find the longest qwerty that is a member state of the United Nations.

6. An alternating qwerty is a word that a proficient typist can produce using strictly alternating hands on a conventional keyboard, One such word is AUTHENTICITY. What two presidential surnames are alternating qwertys?

7. A clustered qwerty is a word that a proficient typist can produce using one hand for the first half of its letters and the other hand for the second half of its letters. Accordingly, MILDEW is a clustered qwerty. What presidential surname is a clustered qwerty?

8. ALTO is a four-letter musical term that begins with "A" and ends with "O". Find an example of another such musical term that contains

(a) six letters

(b) seven letters

(c) eight letters

(d) nine letters

(e) ten letters

(f) eleven letters

ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS

 1. BAOBAB 2. ONE THOUSAND FIVE 3. ACTINIUM, ZIRCONIUM 4. POLK 5.
(a) OHIO, TEXAS
    (b) CARTER, POLK, TAFT
   (c) GREECE 6. BUCHANAN, BUSH 7. HOOVER 8. (a) ADAGIO
   (b) ALLEGRO, ANIMATO, AMOROSO
   (c) ARPEGGIO
   (d) ANDANTINO
   (e) ALLEGRETTO
   (f) ACCELERANDO 

STEVE KAHAN

Hollis Hills, New York

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