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Memorial Weekend Mental Aerobics...

Posted By: Randy GageMay 28, 2010

Tonight begins the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S.  I’m on my way to a softball tournament in Minneapolis with the team, so figured this was a good time for another mental aerobics.  This is a good exercise to improve your vocabulary and English skills for those of you that don’t speak English as your first language.  (Like you guys in Miami!)  And it’s a great way to improve your lateral thinking processes.  

Here’s your challenge…

Below you will find 26 words, each with two letters missing.  Arrange the 26 letters of the alphabet in the first empty column (all the missing letters on the left side), and again in the second column (the spaces on the right side).  You can only use each letter once on each side.  Some of the words can be completed more than one way.  However there is only ONE way to solve the whole puzzle.

Because I’m feeling magnanimous, I’ve given you the first word already.  So that means that ‘G’ is used on the left side, and ‘M’ is gone for the right side.

RE_I_EN   (REGIMEN)
SC_O_AR
NI_P_CK
PI_U_NT
AN_L_ST
IN_E_ED
PO_O_ER
SU_Z_RO
DI_O_CE
GL_M_SE
BA_O_UE
PR_T_EL
LO_K_AW
LA_N_RY
HA_S_ER
SI_A_LE
BE_E_EL
RE_U_EE
BO_L_UL
AS_A_CE
AM_E_IA
SN_R_EL
VU_T_RE
GA_O_OL
AN_B_DY
TA_I_AB

The first person to solve it will receive worldwide fame and adulation.  Let’s see what you got.  I’ll post the answers when I return.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  No matter where you live, please take some time this weekend to remember those that gave their lives for your country and appreciate those still serving.

-RG

WARNING:  There are some answers here already.  So if you don't want a spoiler, don't scroll down further until you are done.

20 comments on “Memorial Weekend Mental Aerobics...”

  1. The answers are:

    regimen
    scholar
    nitpick
    piquant
    analyst
    indexed
    popover
    subzero
    divorce
    glimpse
    baroque
    pretzel
    lockjaw
    laundry
    hamster
    sizable
    bejewel
    refugee
    bowlful
    askance
    amnesia
    snorkel
    vulture
    gasohol
    anybody
    taximan

    Love your blogs - so thought-provoking and stimulating!

    Kate from London, UK

  2. Regimen
    Scholar
    Nitpick
    Piquant
    Analyst
    Indexed
    Popover
    Subzero
    Divorce
    Glimpse
    Baroque
    Pretzel
    Lockjaw
    Laundry
    Hamster
    Sizable
    Bejewel
    Refugee
    Bowlful
    Askance
    Amnesia
    Snorkel
    Vulture
    Gasohol
    Anybody
    Taxicab

    Peace,
    Jeanne

  3. Geeezzz & Here I thought I'd just be stuffing my face All weekend. Will this even Take that Long??
    Oye, here in Miami... Us Bi-Lingual Spanglish types Love word games while drinking our Mojitos & Cuba Libres (Rum&Coke) it gets easier to figure out the more we drink!! jeee jeee

    Enjoy your weekend RG & Lots of Love, Respect & Gratitude to Everyone who's served & is serving in our military... to their families also. My father was in the Marine Corps, So Uuurrahh & Semper Fi to All.
    @AlinaHere
    xo

  4. Took a while but here's my take:

    (REGIMEN)
    SCHOLAR
    NITPICK
    PIQUANT
    ANALYST
    INDEXED
    POPOVER
    SUBZERO
    DIVORCE
    GLIMPSE
    BAROQUE
    PRETZEL
    LOCKJAW
    LAUNDRY
    HAMSTER
    SIZABLE
    BEJEWEL
    REFUGEE
    BOWLFUL
    ASKANCE
    AMNESIA
    SNORKEL
    VULTURE
    GASOHOL
    ANYBODY
    TAXICAB

  5. Randy,
    I love your brain challenges....I got almost all of them promise.....before peeking!

    Have fun in Minnesota & have a great memorial day weekend!

    g

  6. Ok, a bit late... but not too bad considering not having English as my first language. Great mental aerobic.

    REGIMEN
    SCHOLAR
    NITPICK
    PIQUANT
    ANALYST
    INDEXED
    POPOVER
    SUBZERO
    DIVORCE
    GLIMPSE
    BAROQUE
    PRETZEL
    LOCKJAW
    LAUNDRY
    HAMSTER
    SIZABLE
    BEJEWEL
    REFUGEE
    BOWLFUL
    ASKANCE
    AMNESIA
    SNORKEL
    VULTURE
    GASOHOL
    ANYBODY
    TAXICAB

    Blessings on Memorial Day. All the best /Alex

  7. this reminds me of being in college. I was in a marketing class and enter class was given the challenge of finding the answers. There must have been 10 groups (all with 12 in them). Thinking I was dumb- I purchased the "study guide" for the class. I remember looking at my group as they frantically brainstormed for answers. I said "Guys the answers are on page 35 of the study guide." I was then dubbed a genius. LMAO..thanks for the memories Randy! PS My group won the assignment though I now way would win this one:)

  8. REGIMEN - THANKYOU
    SCHOLAR
    NITPICK
    PIQUANT
    ANALYST
    INDEXED
    PO_O_ER - NO IDEA
    SUBZERO
    DIVORCE
    GLIMPSE
    BAROQUE
    PRETZEL
    LOCKJAW
    LAUNDRY
    HAMSTER
    SIZABLE - not sure if this is the American spelling of Sizeable
    BEJEWEL
    REFUGEE
    BOLWFUL - not sure if a valid word, but will risk it for worldwide adulation
    ASKANCE - may be a word used in olde english
    AMNESIA
    SNORKEL
    VULTURE
    GASOHOL
    ANYBODY
    TAXICAB

    the first 17 came in about 15 minutes while the remainder took another 45.

  9. Hey Dude-
    Kate did not actually get it first....her last word is wrong. She repeated the M that was in Regimen. The last work is Taxicab not Taximan. (sorry Kate)

    Have a great day. Hope your games were stellar.
    Jeanne

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  • 20 comments on “Memorial Weekend Mental Aerobics...”

    1. The answers are:

      regimen
      scholar
      nitpick
      piquant
      analyst
      indexed
      popover
      subzero
      divorce
      glimpse
      baroque
      pretzel
      lockjaw
      laundry
      hamster
      sizable
      bejewel
      refugee
      bowlful
      askance
      amnesia
      snorkel
      vulture
      gasohol
      anybody
      taximan

      Love your blogs - so thought-provoking and stimulating!

      Kate from London, UK

    2. Regimen
      Scholar
      Nitpick
      Piquant
      Analyst
      Indexed
      Popover
      Subzero
      Divorce
      Glimpse
      Baroque
      Pretzel
      Lockjaw
      Laundry
      Hamster
      Sizable
      Bejewel
      Refugee
      Bowlful
      Askance
      Amnesia
      Snorkel
      Vulture
      Gasohol
      Anybody
      Taxicab

      Peace,
      Jeanne

    3. Geeezzz & Here I thought I'd just be stuffing my face All weekend. Will this even Take that Long??
      Oye, here in Miami... Us Bi-Lingual Spanglish types Love word games while drinking our Mojitos & Cuba Libres (Rum&Coke) it gets easier to figure out the more we drink!! jeee jeee

      Enjoy your weekend RG & Lots of Love, Respect & Gratitude to Everyone who's served & is serving in our military... to their families also. My father was in the Marine Corps, So Uuurrahh & Semper Fi to All.
      @AlinaHere
      xo

    4. Took a while but here's my take:

      (REGIMEN)
      SCHOLAR
      NITPICK
      PIQUANT
      ANALYST
      INDEXED
      POPOVER
      SUBZERO
      DIVORCE
      GLIMPSE
      BAROQUE
      PRETZEL
      LOCKJAW
      LAUNDRY
      HAMSTER
      SIZABLE
      BEJEWEL
      REFUGEE
      BOWLFUL
      ASKANCE
      AMNESIA
      SNORKEL
      VULTURE
      GASOHOL
      ANYBODY
      TAXICAB

    5. Randy,
      I love your brain challenges....I got almost all of them promise.....before peeking!

      Have fun in Minnesota & have a great memorial day weekend!

      g

    6. Ok, a bit late... but not too bad considering not having English as my first language. Great mental aerobic.

      REGIMEN
      SCHOLAR
      NITPICK
      PIQUANT
      ANALYST
      INDEXED
      POPOVER
      SUBZERO
      DIVORCE
      GLIMPSE
      BAROQUE
      PRETZEL
      LOCKJAW
      LAUNDRY
      HAMSTER
      SIZABLE
      BEJEWEL
      REFUGEE
      BOWLFUL
      ASKANCE
      AMNESIA
      SNORKEL
      VULTURE
      GASOHOL
      ANYBODY
      TAXICAB

      Blessings on Memorial Day. All the best /Alex

    7. this reminds me of being in college. I was in a marketing class and enter class was given the challenge of finding the answers. There must have been 10 groups (all with 12 in them). Thinking I was dumb- I purchased the "study guide" for the class. I remember looking at my group as they frantically brainstormed for answers. I said "Guys the answers are on page 35 of the study guide." I was then dubbed a genius. LMAO..thanks for the memories Randy! PS My group won the assignment though I now way would win this one:)

    8. REGIMEN - THANKYOU
      SCHOLAR
      NITPICK
      PIQUANT
      ANALYST
      INDEXED
      PO_O_ER - NO IDEA
      SUBZERO
      DIVORCE
      GLIMPSE
      BAROQUE
      PRETZEL
      LOCKJAW
      LAUNDRY
      HAMSTER
      SIZABLE - not sure if this is the American spelling of Sizeable
      BEJEWEL
      REFUGEE
      BOLWFUL - not sure if a valid word, but will risk it for worldwide adulation
      ASKANCE - may be a word used in olde english
      AMNESIA
      SNORKEL
      VULTURE
      GASOHOL
      ANYBODY
      TAXICAB

      the first 17 came in about 15 minutes while the remainder took another 45.

    9. Hey Dude-
      Kate did not actually get it first....her last word is wrong. She repeated the M that was in Regimen. The last work is Taxicab not Taximan. (sorry Kate)

      Have a great day. Hope your games were stellar.
      Jeanne

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