Sunday Afternoon Word Quiz: Fun with Spaghetti

Here’s a silly word game to help you while away your Sunday afternoon. Below are ten clues, each of which suggests a one word answer. To make the game easier, here is a hint: Every answer can be spelled using the letters in SPAGHETTI.

Put 5 minutes on the clock and see how well you can do. Answers and scoring after the jump.

1. “Crazy” card game
2. Meanness
3. Rose has the most
4. Consumes
5. Slang for being drunk
6. Lacunae
7. Kind of Infection
8. One is Black, one is Yellow, one is Red and one is White
9. Touts and servers love them
10. __________ cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.

ANSWERS
1. Eights
2. Spite
3. Hits
4. Eats
5. Tight
6. Gaps
7. Staph
8. Sea
9. Tips
10. Age

Scoring
0-2 Noodle head.
3-5 Weak sauce.
6-8 You Gotta Lotta Tomatta!
9-10 Multo Bene!

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

7 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Word Quiz: Fun with Spaghetti”

  1. Mark tells me by email that I should have explained #3 — it's Pete Rose, lifetime hits leader in Major League Baseball. He also tells me I should have used phages…wish I'd thought of that.

  2. Easyish, but I do a lot of boggle and jumble stuff. Tell mark "Duh" on Rose, but he should tell you to tell us where the White Sea is.

  3. 11. Dawkins
    12. Hostess
    13. 10%
    14. Burger units
    15. Keith's favorite movie type?

    grep -v "[^spaghetti]" /usr/share/dict/words | grep -v "s.*s" | grep -v "p.*p" | grep -v "a.*a" | grep -v "g.*g" | grep -v "h.*h" | grep -v "e.*e" | grep -v "i.*i" | grep -v "t.*t.*t"

  4. I got 7/10
    Of the remaining three:
    "Rose has the most … hits"? Huh? I don't even understand this. Rose hips, I've heard of, though still wouldn't have gotten.
    I consider myself fairly widely knowledgeable, and I'd never heard of "The White Sea.
    No excuses for "staph", though.

    1. Well done Warren — see comments upthread for explanations of the ones you missed.

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