You Like Word Games? I Do, Too. Let’s Exercise Your Brain.

Jumbled words to test your wits.

This is a cropped version of the complete image below. Photo by elCarito on Unsplash

The other day I was reading about the early 60’s and thinking about how pervasive our fears were about nuclear weapons. While reading this article I noticed that the letters in the word NUCLEAR could be re-arranged to spell UNCLEAR.

Two minutes later I saw that the word PLANE could be re-arranged to spell PANEL.

While visiting my family in Pennsylvania 30 years ago I decided to try my hand at a word game in which I wrote a story using as many homonyms as possible. The story, for humorous effect, used the incorrect word in each case. A full one-third of the words in the 500-word story were wrong. The title shows what I had done: HOW EYE ONE THE WORE, conceived with a nod to John Lennon, who also happened to enjoy word play.

All this lead me to produce some additional jumbles, for those of you who enjoy such games.

PART 1: Re-Arrange the Letters and Name Each Country

TANGERINE
PAINS
REGALIA
ANALOG
PENAL
SAILER

PART 2: Scrabble Practice. J-Words
Once unscrambled, each of these 7-letter words has a J in it.

EXKBJUO 
OFPUMJF
JKSAKYC
CLAWOKJ
AALKJWY
BIGANJI
GNAMJIM
EDMULBJ
SKYJOCE

To find answers, scroll down.

There are plenty of other kinds of word games. Scrabble and Probe come to mind. Do you like Palindromes? Here’s a blog post with quite a few clever ones.

Here’s a link to my Homonym story, How Eye Won The Wore.

ANSWERS

PART 1: Argentina, Spain, Algeria, Angola, Nepal, Israel
PART 2: Jukebox, Jumpoff, Skyjack, Lockjaw, Jaywalk, Jabbing, Jamming, Jumbled, Jockeys