His assigned 60-page graduate thesis was a ________ task, since he’d never written a paper a quarter the size.
Clues: never written, a quarter the size
David, wanting to find Mr. Rankeillor’s house, is willing to ________ a stranger on the street to help him identify it.
Clues: find house, stranger
When Billy ________ the vat of soup and expects a harsh punishment, the tough master-at-arms merely ________ him in a way that puzzles the foretop man.
Clues: vat of soup, expects punishment, merely
The professor of medieval studies had a most ________ collection of office furniture selected from Danish, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian styles of ________ and even a piece from the Ikea catalogue.
Clues: medieval, collection, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Hangarian, Ikea
The law school professor clearly ________ the boundaries of First Amendment rights as pertaining to ________ and slander.
Clues: boundaries, First Amendment
Though he undoubtedly detailed the defensive plans at West Point to the British commander, Gen. Benedict Arnold certainly saw his actions siding with the Tories as less ________ than the treason ________ in his court-martial.
Clues: though, siding with Tories, treason
The prisoners of war became ________ at ________ the rules of the camp, so that tunnels could be dug for escape.
Clues: prisoners, so that, tunnels, for escape
Catching and holding a frog from the water is challenging because its ________ skin allows it to slip away from a person’s grasp.
Clues: catching, frog, challenging, because, skin, slip away
Though Rachel had just been informed by her mother that her dear dog was dead, she managed her job with remarkable ________ so that no one realized that she was heartbroken.
Clues: Though, dear dog dead, managed her job, no one realized, heartbroken
Since no one saw the crime committed, the physical evidence which identified the accused was the ________ of the prosecution's case.
Clues: Since, no one saw, physical evidence, case
A successful teacher must maintain a good ________ with his or her students; they must understand and trust one another.
Clues: successful teacher, maintain, good understand and trust
When Jarmel found the Mirror of Happenstance, he could see all the moments of his day at rising and avoid those ________ that would bring him unhappiness.
Clues: see all moments of the day, avoid
Skipper and Brick shared ________ each other that Maggie found threatening to her marriage.
A) an ambivalence for
B) a symbiosis with
C) an affinity for
D) an animosity for
E) a bathyshpere with
C) an affinity for
Clues: each other, found threatening, marriage
Without a doubt, the ________ of his life occurred when his drug addiction caused in rapid ________ the loss of his business, his marriage, and, from an overdose, almost his life.
Clues: loss, business, marriage, overdose, life
The witch, instead of being a ________ crone, was a striking beauty, and Bernard thought that maybe he’d been totally misled as to the nature of the ________.
Clues: witch, instead, beauty, nature
Convinced that her children had robbed her of a career on Broadway, Sylvia began to display an open _______ toward those whom she should naturally love and nurture.
Clues: robbed her, should, love and nuture
Dr. Kolsky’s ________ manner demonstrated his wide knowledge of physics as well as metaphysical philosophy, and made him a well-respected member of the prestigious university’s faculty.
Clues: wide knowledge, member prestigious, faculty
Having just won the highest ________ in acting, with offers on the table for movies that paid really well and gave her a chance to work with the best directors, she was at the ________ of her career.
Clues: highest, offers, paid well, best directors
Though Miquel had excellent skills in soccer, his constant boasting, _________ and other _________ behaviors convinced the coaches that he threatened team chemistry and kept him off the varsity squad.
Clues: boasting, kept him off the squad
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once ________ upon hearing his friend, Ralph Abernathy, introduce him that it was so ________ he wondered who he was talking about.
Clues: introduce him, wondered who he was talking about
Hester Prynne runs afoul of the ________ edict against adultery and thus is sentenced to wear the red letter.
George’s natural modesty meant that all ________ he perceived as undeserved.
Clues: modesty, undeserved
Roderick Usher, much ________ by the illness of his sister, Madeleine, retired to his room for the afternoon and returned to me at dinner somewhat ________.
Clues: illness of his sister, retired to his room
While Jared's eyes rolled throughout the ________ movie, he wondered at the taste of his friend, Luna, as she sat dabbing her eyes at the sentimental ________.
Clues: rolled his eyes, wondered at taste, dabbing her eyes, sentimental
Many in the room took immediate ________ to the use of word "legitimate" in that context, though I’m not sure he meant to insult anyone.
Clues: many took, insult
The professor couldn’t hide his surprise that his students were so ________ toward learning beyond scoring high on the tests.
Clues: surprised, toward learning, beyond, tests
Theresa rescued ________ cats that she found in a small ________ outside her home, but, when she got them home, they attacked her domesticated cats and finally bolted out an open window.
Clues: rescued, outside her home, domesticated
My boss has an annoying tendency to ________ on big decisions, which he calls “giving everything careful thought”, but it leaves the team less time to actually execute the decision.
Clues: annoying, decisions, calls "giving careful thought", less time
With all the ________ of cancer weighing down his soul, the patient waited for the tumor to be tested to see if the growth was malignant or ________.
Clues: cancer, weighing down, tumor, malignant
Her neighbor was so ________ a simple moment’s “hello” in the grocery could lengthen into ________ 25 minute gab session.
A) unguarded...an extended
B) noisome...a prolonged
C) loquacious...a truncated
D) garrulous...an interminable
E) contentious...an atrophied
D) garrulous...an interminable
clues - so, moment's hello, lengthen
The spy, code-named “the Blank”, had ________ features and passed unrecognized through heavy surveillance areas.
Clues: passed unrecognized
In an age in which the rich seem to need to ________ their wealth, Warren Buffet maintains a lifestyle almost devoid of ________ trappings.
Clues: rich, lifestyle, devoid of,
The price to buy into the condominium was fairly low, because residents were ________ by ________ service and ground management fees.
Clues: fairly low, but, fees
Benedick was sure he would be ridiculed for ________ he was in love for he had ________ for so long against marriage.
Clues: sure, be ridiculed, in love, against marriage
During the business pitch, she ________ all of the positives aspects of her firm’s service and ________ all the negative aspects.
C) glossed over...ran down
D) polished...buffed out
E) glitzed up...intensified
Clues: positive aspect's, her, negative aspects
While other Supreme Court Justices ________ their decisions in legalese, Justice Parker wrote ________ opinions that most non-lawyers could readily understand.
Clues: while others, legalese, most non-lawyers understand
The ________ between the two sisters, perhaps began long ago in some forgotten sibling ________, but it surfaced at the reading of their father’s will.
Clues: between sister, surfaced, father's will
Despite the school being hard on newbies, Charles was so _______ that he melted every cold shoulder aimed at him.
Clues: despite, hard, newbies, melted cold shoulder
Don Quixote begged a ________ of the innkeeper that the host would officially knight him.
Clues: begged, host would
Because the conman always sounded so polite and ________ to everyone, he was able to convince them all that he could never do anything ________ with their investment money.
Clues: because, conman, polite and, could never do, with money
Once, cellular phones were ________, but now they are so ________ one can find them in the hands of even young children.
Clues: once, cell phones, one can find, even
By _________ billing records, the firm of Bendini, Lambert and Locke intentionally ________ their clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Clues:billing, intentionally, out of, dollars
The ________ over the new formula, which tested very well in all the sample markets, nearly destroyed the company until the _________ of the old recipe brought back many who had abandoned the brand.
Clues: new formula, nearly destroyed, old recipe
Abraham Lincoln suggested that Senator Douglass possessed a political ________ that could have only come from the devil himself.
Clues: from the devil
The scene at the mine turned from apprehensive and ________ to relieved and ________, when one-by-one all thirty-three men were rescued.
Clues: at the mine, apprehensive, relieved, all were rescued
He faced his personal ________with dread, because he could either share his feelings with Stephanie and ________ his best friend, Mark, or not tell anyone and continue to suffer not eating or sleeping.
Clues: personal, either share feelings, and, best friend
Many green soldiers are so ________ at the first sight of battle that it is almost unimaginable that they eventually become brave ________.
Clues: green, first sight of battle
Despite his campaign ________ and the pressures of his own party to end the war, Barack Obama was ________ that the mission should end honorably and acceptably.
Clues: despite, campaign, pressures, should
Surviving such a ______ ordeal as the fire that consumed her house, Regina was quite shaken and ________.
Clues: fire, shaken
Wallace had ________ cheese, though Grommit didn’t share his enthusiasm for fermented curd.
A) a kinship with
B) a penchant for
C) a regard for
D) a disinclination for
E) a regimen of
B) a penchant for
Clues: cheese, enthusiam
The detective didn’t rely upon ________ answers to the ________ of crimes, because he knew how often there were hidden reasons why people cross the line.
Clues: rely, hidden reasons why, cross the line
Shooting stars, which are ________ often for less than one second, are the most ________ of all attractions in the night sky.
Clues: shooting stars, less than one second
When the financially ________ car company hired a man who had been fired for a debacle at a rival corporation, it did little to ________ the stockholder’s fears about the future.
Clues: financially, had been fired, little
Sarah saw too many of her close friends transform from strong-willed and decisive to utterly ________ as soon as they had serious boyfriends.
Clues: transform, strong-willed and decisive
Mr. Darcy declares that his temperament is ________ enough to be called ________; he said that once he has lost a good opinion of someone he has lost it forever.
Clues: temperament, lost his good opinion, forever
The ________ believed that the voters were unwilling to select such a ________ in foreign policy matters, suggesting that youth, character, education, and energy and no match for experience.
Clues: the voters, unwilling, suggesting, experience
Joe’s sensible but slightly overprotective mother ________ him for not wearing his helmet and pads while skateboarding in the neighborhood.
Clues: sensible, overprotective, not wearing
News and especially rumors of violence ________ by pro-government militias ________ the situation in the square and brought about calls to abandon peaceful demonstrations.
Clues: violence, by militias, situation, abandon peaceful
Over the course of thirty years, the castle grew by ________ as the ________ could gather and shape stone enough to continue the project.
Clues: thirty years, grew by, shape stone
Without a ________ of tact, the waiter pointed out the blood stain on the woman’s skirt, ________ her.
Clues: tact, pointed out, stain on skirt
After the incident of ________, the captain ________ the chief, who once commanded the crew of the hangar deck, to the duties of the engineer’s mate.
Clues: once commanded the crew, mate
Tailgating in Norman on the lot before the Texas-Oklahoma game, the fans will ________ themselves with sausages, meatballs and barbeque.
Clues: tailgating, sausages, meatballs, barbeque
Darlene, reserved and demure, was the ________ to her sister Peggy, free-spirited and ________.
Clues: reserved and demure, free-spirited
Some coaches rely on praise to motivate their players and rarely ________ them for mistakes.
Clues: rely on praise, and rarely, for mistakes
Agatha Christie’s critically unsuccessful last novel that she wrote at 82 years-old is more artifact of the ________ condition of her aged mind than an entertaining mystery.
Clues: unsuccessful novel, 82, artifact, condition of aged mind
Heath, ________ that someone so wasted on alcohol could not give ________, decided to be a “dude”, ignore her advances and see her home safely.
Clues: wasted on alcohol, her advances
When the drake smelled the human scent upon her eggs, her instinct ________ her to ________ the nest completely.
B) persauded...brood over
Clues: smelled human scent, instinct, the nest
Even with his voice disguised digitally, his friends all recognized him by the ________ phrases which were singularly ________ by his linguistic background.
Clues: Even with, voice disguised, recognized, by phrases, singularly, linquistic
The ________ traveler, was forced to take the “Bloody Pass”, so named for its many sharp curves where ________ waited for the unsuspecting.
Clues: traveler, forced, Bloody Pass, unsuspecting
Whereas the Mississippi River is earthen brown so that its depth can only be guessed, the Meramec, a ________, is so ________ one can see clear to the bottom.
Clues: whereas, earthen brown, clear
Before the funeral of the old jurist began, with the bell's last ________, it cracked, never to be rung again.
Clues: funeral, bell, rung
Eventually, the food that Laura found ________ when she arrived in Indonesia soon became reasonably ________.
Clues: eventually, food, became, reasonably
With the battlefield still scattered with the casualties of a week before, the already challenging atmosphere in the trenches grew poisonously ________.
Clues: battlefield, causualties, trenches, poisonously
Many lenders remain ________, ignoring the call of mercy, and foreclose ruthlessly on the property of many unfortunate people.
Clues: ignoring the call of mercy, ruthlessly
Some people believed that the American flag is ________, so they ________ a Flag Desecretion Amendment to the Constitution.
Clues: American flag, Descretion Amendment
The detective trusted none of her statements but checked every detail against eye-witnesses’ statements for ________.
Clues: trusted none, checked every detail
For historical fiction, ________ research will help avoid ________ content, which, if noticed, will destroy the verisimilitude and distract the audience.
Clues: historical, research, avoid, destroy, and distract
After the wedding, the families and guests ________ late into the night.
Clues: wedding, families, guests
The ________ defended his seat in office by ________, turning the voters away from the challenger with falsehoods.
Clues: his seat in office, voters, challenger, falsehoods
With his ________ income, Bob was forced to be ________ with his money.
Clues: income, was forced, with money
Laura went from ________ about breaking up with her boyfriend to ________ reading the letter of acceptance from her “wish list” college.
Clues: breaking up with boyfriend, reading letter of acceptance
Once they discover her unfortunate family connections, Caroline and Louisa Bingley do everything in their power short of slander to ________ their brother’s emotional attachment to Jane Bennett.
Clues: unfortunate, short of slander, emotional attachment
The quarterback, who ran a dogfighting ring from his property, was convicted of the ________ crime of animal cruelty.
Clues: dogfighting ring, animal cruelty
The demolition expert used a ________ putty explosive for the bridge job.
Clues: demolition, putty
Pollution from the silver mine made the once ________ mountain spring no longer good for hikers to fill their canteens.
Clues: pollution, made once, mountain spring, no long good
Cher made several arguments to Mr. Hall regarding her marking period grade, but, being a debate teacher, he ________ them all.
Clues: Cher, arguments, debate teacher
Gatzby ordered a new dress to ________ for the one torn at the party, but the ________ thought that piece of civility, "suspicious."
Clues: new dress, one torn at the party
The customer was so angered at the quality of the service, that nothing, but a full refund, would ________ him.
Clues: so angered, nothing but refund,
The preacher, who staged protest demonstrations against gay marriage at funerals of Gulf War soldiers, created ________ 1st Amendment rights.
A) ambivalence about
B) irony for
C) disinterest in
D) adherence toward
E) respect for
A) ambivalence about
Clues: demonstrations, at funerals
The steady and ________ man was perfectly suited to the ________ university’s provost position.
Clues: steady and, perfectly suited, university's
A sizeable portion of the British electorate ________ the public ________ for the royal family.
A) acquiesce to...applause
C) equivocate for...regard
Clues: sizable portion, electorate, for royal family
The negotiations were at a standstill, mostly because the ________ client wanted a price that jeopardized the ________ of the vendor and would simply hear no argument to the contrary.
Clues: standstill, client wanted a price, hear no argument
Competitive eaters, like Billy “the Hound” Henderson, may seem ________, but, while not competing, they often have small appetites.
Clues: eaters, but, small appetites
Marcus Brutus sees the ghost of Caesar in a ________ moment that predicts the conspirator’s death at Phillipi.
Though the wreck was only resting on a sandbar in the rising water of the heavy rain, Huck thought of the ________ of Tom Sawyer and demanded Jim to explore it boldly with him.
Clues: Though the wreck was only resting on a sandbar in the rising water = danger, thinking of how Tom Sawyer would face danger, demanded to go into danger
Having seen a bubble or two in the markets before, Hugh allowed his ________ to guide him to responsible investments before and after the crash.
Clues: bubble in the market, responsible, crash
Dragged through the rose bush by the dog, the little boy had enough long ________ to make a trip to the emergency room necessary.
Clues: rose bush, emergency room
Henri Poincare in his analytical paper on the “Three-Body Problem” first ________ the properties of chaotic systems in science.
Clues: analytical paper, properties, chaotic systems
When Sir Walter Elliot finds his debts unmanageably high, Lady Russell and Mr. Shepherd try at first to convince him to ________ his spending.
Clues: when, debts, high, his spending
Though the results are clearly tragic, the source of John Claggart’s ________ towards the man he destroys Melville leaves a mystery.
Clues: tragic, destroys
Many master craftsmen of the 17th century ________ their apprentices brutally for failing to attend to work.
Clues: brutally, failing to attend
Knowing that this task was enormous in ________ and complexity, the board chose the most ________ officer to head the project.
Clues: enormous, and complexity
Unlike laws of society which can be broken or changed on the ________ of those who made them, the laws of physics are ________.
Clues: Unlike, can be broken, those who made them, constant
Due to its ________ nature, cleaning “the head” on a naval vessel remains a punishment task for a crewman's minor ________.
Clues: Due to, a punishment task
Some critics dislike the entire ________ of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, because Petruchio ________ Kate to his will, and destroys her as an interesting character.
Clues: critics dislike, to his will
The infant sloth must ________ to its mother because the latter moves high in the canopy and needs both hands free.
Clues: infant, to its mother, moves high, needs both hands free
It is ________ the members of the African Union to speak with one voice in support of ________ goals for the continent.
A) located upon...militaristic
B) responsible for...unilateral
C) gratifying to...narcissistic
D) incumbent upon...humanitarian
E) monolithic of...altruistic
D) incumbent upon...humanitarian
Clues: to speak with one voice, goals
Charles Foster Kane built Xanadu to be his palace, but, though richly adorned, it became his ________ prison.
Clues: palace, but, though richly adorned, prison
The president, to some degree, tried to wrap himself in dignity and treat the accusations of ________ as the ________ attempts by his rivals to smear him.
Clues: wrap himself in dignity, treat, rivals, smear him
Joseph Merrick, known commonly as the "Elephant Man", was physically ________ in appearance, but had a ________ and gentle heart.
Clues: in appearance, but, gentle
The chairman of the department noted the ________ nature of the new professor’s lectures, so he advised him to try to stay on point.
Clues: stay on point
Trying to adapt to the changing marketplace was hard for the fairly ________ company that had had too much success with its enormous yearly catalogue in the past to finally decide to stop publishing it.
Clues: trying to adapt, too much success, catalogue
Hugo’s ________ now meant that most chairs would have a fair chance to fail if he tried to sit on them.
Clues: most chairs, fail
The ________ nature of the occupation of the lands as it stood meant the cycle of violence would be very hard to break.
Clues: occupation of the lands, cycle, hard to break
Madam Izzi, through her ________ senses, predicted both his winning the lottery and his ________ heart attack.
Clues: Madame, senses, predicted, both
For King Henry V, the Battle of Agincourt meant the glory of overcoming overwhelming odds to find victory, but, for the French general, Constable Charles d’Albret, it meant ________ defeat.
Clues: For Henry, glory, but for French general
The Reverend Mr. Hooper’s sermon, though his most powerful offering from the pulpit, did not meet with much ________ from the congregation who found it a little to close to the bone for ________.
Clues: sermon, powerful, did not meet, congregation, close to the bone
As soon as the product was launched, the service center got thousands of angry calls from ________ customers.
Clues: angry calls
Going from a ________ city like San Francisco to Billings, Montana, Erica found the lack of diversity a hard adjustment.
Clues: going from, to lack of diversity
Though perhaps essentially well-meaning, Penelope’s advice to his friend on how to handle a girlfriend who has a child was considered ________, and he asked her not to mention it again.
Clues: essentially well-meaning, advice, considered, asked her not to mention it
Though Central High School hadn’t beaten Beaumont in basketball in 16 years, the ________ response of the students when it was announced showed how much school spirit had ________ there.
Clues: though, hadn't beaten, 16 years, response, showed, school spirit
After drinking deep of the kegs of Henry Hudson, Rip Van Winkle felt the heavy call for ________ which he took under a spreading tree, only to awaken twenty-years later.
Clues: drinking, kegs, awaken
Some love the performer for her ________ style, while others consider her shamelessly over-the-top.
Clues: Some love, shamelessly over-the-top
He felt nervous watching his daughter approach the ________ to look upon the ________.
Clues: nervous, daughter approach
Whether he was a truly boring teacher was hard to say, but ________ students grew ________ during his period.
Clues: whether boring, but, students, grew
A successful business office usually exhibits a spirit of ________ among the employees.
Clues: successful, spirit
After insulting the client, the boss’s son was ________ to work in the mail room.
Clues: after insulting client, mail room
The jewel heist called for a plan so ________ that it took a team of nine more than 20 hours of practice to attempt.
Clues: heist, plan, team of nine, 20 hours of practice
The unlucky businessman flying overseas could get no sleep because of the ________ crying of the ________ baby on the lap of the woman in the seat next to him.
Clues: unlucky, get no sleep, crying, baby
Holmes meets a village sheriff, whose ________ so ________ him that the famous detective declares that the skill of this parish lawman greatly exceeds his opportunity in such a small and quiet community.
Clues: the skill of the parish lawman, exceeds, opportunity
When his license to practice law was ________, Gerald had to start a new career again at 45.
Clues: license, start a career
Placed in the record’s department where he would never be noticed, he knew his career at that company would ________.
Clues: never be noticed
Always selfish as a child, Sophie grew to be ________ by the time she reached college.
Clues: Always selfish, grew
With a ________ hard drive and super fast processor, the average secretary’s computer is more powerful than the ones NASA used to send a man to the moon.
Clues: hard drive, super fast
The assemblymen could see the benefits of allowing gambling on the riverboats but voiced concerns regarding the ________ increase in prostitution and drug abuse.
One of great ________ American history is that a slave-promoting culture clearly also demonstrated a love for freedom.
A) consistencies of
B) dissonances of
C) blemishes on
D) achievements of
E) denotations of
B) dissonances of
Clues: slave-promoting, also, love for freedom
Unlike most instructions for assembling toys, the Phosberry Company’s were so ________ that it rarely got a complaint from any costumer.
Clues: unlike, instructions for assembling, rarely got a complaint
One of the great problems of ________ is that having a large body tends to make a person more ________, since normal activities become more challenging.
Clues: large body, activites become challenging
For the inexperienced rider, the stable master chooses his most ________ animal, Beauty, to be certain that the young master had no mishaps.
Clues: young master, no mishaps
The interrogation took hours longer than it should have, but the suspect’s ________ eventually led to a full confession.
Clues: interrogation, longer, evetually
Despite his dark and often disagreeable subjects of his writings, Edgar Allan Poe had a reputation, as a young man, for being socially ________ and lively.
Clues: despite, dark disagreeable, lively
Anne could ________ marks of jealousy on the part of Cpt. Wentworth, but he had no ________ of how she really felt toward the attentions of Mr. Elliot.
Clues: marks of jealousy, how she really felt
Although certainly a legendary actor, Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered most affectionately for her ________ efforts, particularly in fundraising for AIDS research.
Clues: fundraising for AIDS research
Eleanor reminds Mr. Willoughby that despite his explanation and apology, she still regards his behavior toward her sister as ________.
Clues: despite, softening his guilt
The ________ bell-hop simpered around the hotel lobby, bowing and kowtowing to all the guests.
Clues: bell-hop, bowing, kowtowing
Pappy O’Daniel, contradicting the insult that he lacked moral fiber, declared that he practiced ________ and high-mindedness as the foundation of his political career
Clues: contradicting, lacked moral fiber, high-mindedness
Horace Blanson was a complete ________ and sociopath and would probably commit many other crimes, but the judge was ________ by the law and could only sentence him to three years.
Clues: sociopath, commit many other crimes, could only sentence
“Moonlight” Graham, itching to get a true crack in the major leagues, displays considerable ________ when he finds himself at Ray Kinsella’s plate facing “Three-fingered” Brown on the mound.
Clues: itching to, get a crack
The late night host's ________ humor and humbly stuttering persona belie ________ self-image.
A) sardonic...an insecure
B) ironic...a stumbling
C) self-effacing...an incongruous
D) deprecating...an arrogant
E) pompous...a narassistic
D) deprecating...an arrogant
Clues: humbly stuttering persona, self-image
The dictator had his men scan the video file for the face of the ________ who started the crowd shouting for the ruler's ________ and would pay with her life for her seditious behavior.
Clues: dictator, started the crowd shouting, pay for, outrage