Glossing over the redundancy (as if there were old innovations ), Mac asked for new puzzles. The ones posted so far are older than I am. Listen, people, if you’ve heard these before, they ain’t new, and we already know the answer.
But don’t move this thread yet. Hey, just bear with me and quizical Mac. Here is a new one I made up. I have posted it on rec.puzzles about three years ago, so, it’s possible someone here may have seen it already:
Come up with an eight word sentence that uses each part of speech once. It has to be a valid, grammatically correct sentence.
Some of the rought spots to look out for:
Be careful not to take a word usually associated with one part of speech and use it for another part but then count it for its usual part. For example, words usually used as prepositions can become adverbs when used by themselves without an object of a preposition. In the sentence, The shooting was a drive by, ‘by’ is an adverb. In the sentence, Take a drive by the park, ‘by’ is a preposition.
Conjunctions should join two like elements (“but if you can’t repeat a part of speech” – that’s the trick to figuring this out). Starting a sentence with ‘and’ or ‘but’ works in poetry or in the midst a prosaic paragraph, but does not make a valid stand-alone sentence. And that’s the truth.
Hints: If you command your mind properly, you may have already seen an answer.
Not bad at all MROIAH. I saw this last night and thought OUCH! this one makes me feel like a real “loverock” (new adj. for moron?). I thought I was going to have to call in the big guns on this one (my daughter the English major). Thanks JAIRON32.
It’s easer to get forgiveness than to get permission.
If you add “Darnit!” to the end, is that an interjection, which would make it 9 words, 9 different parts of speech?
Here’s a word puzzle, which I saw in Games magazine but had to look at the answer. What a common English word that, if you split it in half, the first half is the opposite of the whole word, and the second half is a synonym for the whole word?
“Sherlock Holmes once said that once you have eliminated the
impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be
the answer. I, however, do not like to eliminate the impossible.
The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it that the merely improbable lacks.”
– Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective