'Tom Swifties,' a Word Game

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This game is based on the science-fiction books for children by Victor Appleton. The creator of "Tom Swift" was partial to adverbs, and used them a lot. (Adjectives describe nouns; adverbs describe verbs. Most adverbs end in "ly.")

"Tom Swifties" take adverbs one step further. Here's one: " 'Sit down in the back of the boat!' he said sternly." (Get it? The back of a boat is the "stern.")

See if you can complete these "swifties." The blanks indicate the number of letters in the answer, and hints are given in parentheses.

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1. "Get ready for a quiz," the teacher said - - - - - - -. (Irritably)

2. "Can I turn on more lights for you?" he asked - - - - - - - -. (Cleverly)

3 "Our baby is due in May," she said - - - - - - - - - - -. (Looking forward to)

4. "Would you like to put the worm on the hook?" she asked - - - - - - - - - -. (Temptingly)

5. "Must we live on the prairie?" he said - - - - - - - - - - -. (Mournfully)

6. "That animal is too big to be a pony!" he said - - - - - - - -. (Harshly, huskily)

7. "I like sleeping in the woods - if I'm in a shelter," he said - - - - - - - - -. (Extremely, vividly)

8. "These raspberries are a lovely deep color," she - - - - - - - noticed. (With alacrity)

9. "Thanks for helping me clean out the fireplace," he said - - - - - - - - - -. (Thankfully)

10. "What's all that foaming water on the river ahead of us?" she asked - - - - - - -. (Quickly)

11. "Hot dogs are my favorite," he admitted - - - - - - -. (Bluntly)

12. "This pie is sour," she said - - - - - -. (Cuttingly)

ANSWERS:

(1) testily; (2) brightly; (3) expectantly; (4) alluringly; (5) plaintively;

(6) hoarsely; (7) intensely; (8) readily;

(9) gratefully; (10) rapidly; (11) frankly;

(12) tartly.

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