Fan fare

Long ago, people learned they could feel cooler on hot days by waving a big leaf or feather through the air to create a breeze. Not long after that, they discovered folded papers and silks had the same effect. Voilà, the fan! Each of these expressions contains the word "fan." Can you identify them? (Example: "childish" is inFANtile.)

1. It turns the alternator in an automobile

2. A Spanish-American dance

3. One of Disney's first full-length animated films

4. Needlework, embroidery, crocheting, and the like

5. New fashion or invention (colloquial)

6. Jack London novel

7. Overzealous

8. Foot soldiers

9. Girl in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables"

10. To stir or heat up

11. A showy, but ineffective fellow

12. Semicircular window over a door

13. Federal National Mortgage Association

14. Some pigeons and goldfish

SOURCES: The World Book Encyclopedia, The World Book Dictionary.


(1) fan belt; (2) fandango; (3) "Fantasia" in 1940; (4) fancywork; (5) newfangled; (6) "White Fang"; (7) fanatical; (8) infantry; (9) Fantine; (10) fan the flame; (11) Fancy Dan; (12) fanlight or fan window; (14) Fannie Mae; (14) fantails.

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