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The brief stories below are taken from history, myth or fiction. Each one is accompanied by games and exercises in essential grammar and free composition, based on old school textbooks.

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Quickword No. 46
Do you know ‘situation of a golf ball’ (3 letters), and ‘the capital of the State of New York’ (6 letters)?
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Quickword No. 35
Do you know ‘cowardly’ (6 letters), and ‘historic Greek victory in 479 BC’ (7 letters)?
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Quickword No. 2
Do you know ‘bashful’ (3), and ‘an open area of shrubs and coarse grass’ (5)?
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Quickword No. 11
Do you know ‘a temperature scale’ (6 letters), and ‘a bit of useful advice’ (3 letters)?
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Quickword No. 40
Do you know ‘popular Asian chilled fruit drink’ (7 letters), and ‘bear witness’ (6 letters)?
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Quickword No. 42
Do you know ‘overbalance’ (6 letters), and ‘veteran’ (3,4 letters)?
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Quickword No. 41
Do you know ‘outrage, public disgrace’ (7 letters), and ‘King David of Israel’s third wife’ (7 letters)?
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Tagged Quickwords (46 posts)
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1 Quickword No. 46
Do you know ‘situation of a golf ball’ (3 letters), and ‘the capital of the State of New York’ (6 letters)?
2 Quickword No. 45
Do you know ‘amusing play on words’ (3 letters), and ‘leaf of a pine tree’ (6 letters)?
3 Quickword No. 44
Do you know ‘beg’ (7 letters), and ‘a single game in the sport of darts’ (3 letters)?
4 Quickword No. 43
Do you know ‘princes and princesses, kings and queens’ (7 letters), and ‘jump up and down on one foot’ (3 letters)?
5 Quickword No. 42
Do you know ‘overbalance’ (6 letters), and ‘veteran’ (3,4 letters)?
6 Quickword No. 41
Do you know ‘outrage, public disgrace’ (7 letters), and ‘King David of Israel’s third wife’ (7 letters)?
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7 Quickword No. 40
Do you know ‘popular Asian chilled fruit drink’ (7 letters), and ‘bear witness’ (6 letters)?
8 Quickword No. 39
Do you know ‘street lined with tall buildings or trees’ (6 letters), and ‘shed’ (3 letters)?
9 Quickword No. 38
Do you know ‘knock over and scatter’ (7 letters), and ‘a measure of length equal to 45 inches’ (3 letters)?
10 Quickword No. 37
Do you know ‘conclusive evidence’ (5 letters), and ‘perceptive realisation’ (6 letters)?
11 Quickword No. 36
Do you know which ‘Barry’ is the title-character of a novel by Thackeray (6 letters), and ‘thwart, perplex’ (6 letters)?
12 Quickword No. 35
Do you know ‘cowardly’ (6 letters), and ‘historic Greek victory in 479 BC’ (7 letters)?
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13 Quickword No. 34
Do you know ‘current of cold air’ (7 letters), and ‘e.g. fascinator’ (3 letters)?
14 Quickword No. 33
Do you know ‘rim’ (4 letters), and ‘the Roman name for Chester’ (4 letters)?
15 Quickword No. 32
Do you know ‘a brilliant solo passage in a concerto’ (7 letters), and ‘e.g. lion, tiger’ (3,3 letters)?
16 Quickword No. 31
Do you know ‘a river, part of the Bristol-London waterway’ (6 letters), and ‘e.g. D minor’ (3 letters)?
17 Quickword No. 30
Do you know ‘pull along behind one’ (3 letters), and ‘self-evident or accepted proposition’ (5 letters)?
18 Quickword No. 29
Do you know ‘brainy fellow’ (7 letters), and ‘drink’ (3 letters)?
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19 Quickword No. 28
Do you know ‘snare’ (6 letters), and ‘better’ (3 letters)?
20 Quickword No. 27
Do you know ‘perceptive’ (5 letters), and ‘English artist’ (3 letters)?
21 Quickword No. 26
Do you know ‘cunning’ (3 letters), and ‘Phobos’s primary’ (4 letters)?
22 Quickword No. 25
Do you know ‘withdraw’ (7 letters), and ‘domesticated’ (4 letters)?
23 Quickword No. 24
Do you know ‘complaint’ (4 letters), and ‘be the right size and shape for a space’ (3 letters)?
24 Quickword No. 23
Do you know ‘conscientious’ (7 letters), and ‘unreturned serve’ (3 letters)?
page 5
25 Quickword No. 22
Do you know ‘plaything’ (3 letters), and ‘a river in South Wales’ (3 letters)?
26 Quickword No. 21
Do you know ‘warm covering’ (7 letters), and ‘2,240 lb’ (3 letters)?
27 Quickword No. 20
Do you know ‘wallow in resentment’ (4 letters), and ‘English composer’ (4 letters)?
28 Quickword No. 19
Do you know ‘cleansing bar’ (4 letters), and ‘Doncaster horse-race’ (2,5 letters)?
29 Quickword No. 18
Do you know ‘entertainer’ (7 letters), and ‘distant’ (3 letters)?
30 Quickword No. 16
Do you know ‘meticulous’ (7 letters), and ‘father of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia’ (4 letters)?
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31 Quickword No. 17
Do you know ‘glittering crown’ (6 letters), and ‘dark, gloomy and clouded’ (5 letters)?
32 Quickword No. 14
Do you know ‘a town like Bath’ (3 letters), and ‘deteriorate’ (6 letters)?
33 Quickword No. 15
Do you know ‘cup’ (6 letters), and ‘unit of resistance’ (3 letters)?
34 Quickword No. 13
Do you know ‘part of a fish’ (3 letters), and ‘heart of the matter’ (3 letters)?
35 Quickword No. 7
Do you know ‘stout’ (6 letters), and ‘gloat’ (4 letters)?
36 Quickword No. 6
Do you know ‘raised stitching on a cricket ball’ (4 letters), and ‘a 1901 Kipling novel’ (3 letters)?
page 7
37 Quickword No. 8
Do you know ‘wheedle’ (6 letters), and ‘engine-driver’s compartment’ (3 letters)?
38 Quickword No. 12
Do you know ‘a republic in the Pyrenees’ (7 letters), and ‘shallow in sentiment’ (5 letters)?
39 Quickword No. 9
Do you know ‘satisfied’ (7 letters), and ‘warm and cosy’ (4 letters)?
40 Quickword No. 11
Do you know ‘a temperature scale’ (6 letters), and ‘a bit of useful advice’ (3 letters)?
41 Quickword No. 10
Do you know ‘pull along’ (3 letters), and ‘examine someone’s background and credentials’ (3 letters)?
42 Quickword No. 1
Do you know ‘well-worn route or habit’ (3 letters), and ‘naval officer’ (7 letters)?
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43 Quickword No. 2
Do you know ‘bashful’ (3), and ‘an open area of shrubs and coarse grass’ (5)?
44 Quickword No. 5
Do you know ‘move in a zig-zag fashion’ (4), and ‘a 1711 opera by Handel’ (7)?
45 Quickword No. 4
Do you know ‘additional’ (5), and ‘reject contemptuously’ (5)?
46 Quickword No. 3
Do you know ‘ocean’ (7), and ‘a famously incorruptible Roman senator’ (4)?
which is ‘English Style’ ?

Word Play: Confusables

Compose your own sentences to show the difference between these words:

Too. Also. Extra.

The unsung surveyor from Cheshire, who built railways and made friends across the world.
By William Ewart Gladstone
(1808-1898)
William Gladstone explains that a truly ‘exceptional nation’ respects the equality and rights of all nations.
By William Ewart Gladstone
(1808-1898)
William Gladstone warns voters not to leave foreign policy in the hands of interventionist politicians.
By Samuel Smiles
(1812-1904)
George Stephenson won the admiration of French navvies by showing them how a Geordie works a shovel.
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Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Make as many words as you can from the letters of a nine-letter word.
Polyword ‘Loft’
Make as many words as you can with the letters below. All your words must be at least four letters long, and must also include the highlighted letter. What’s the nine-letter word?

SEE how many words you can make using the letters below. All your words must be at least 4 letters long, and must include the letter (change).

We found commonly used words, plus one 9-letter word. Can you do better?

Use each letter only once. But if there are e.g. two As, you can used them both.

Don’t count proper nouns such as April, Zeus, or Newcastle (pretty much anything that has to be spelled with a capital letter at the start), or acronyms like HMRC.

Don’t just add -S for plurals or third person singular verbs, e.g. CAT → CATS or SPEAK → SPEAKS.

Note: You can find more Polywords and other games on our Nine Lives puzzle page, and most of our stories are accompanied by games with words, grammar and numbers.

More Puzzles
Changing one letter at a time, see if you can start with FELL and finish with PONY.
Take one number from another number. See how quickly you can solve the sums.
Change ROCK into SALT, one letter at a time.
See if you can guess these words letter-by-letter.
Find the magic letter that can change three words into three different ones.
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