Magazine article Word Ways

Numerical Rhymes

Magazine article Word Ways

Numerical Rhymes

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The end of the word CONTRAVENE rhymes with the end of 'ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN' (117). The alphabetical total (a=1, b=2 etc.) of CONTRAVENE is 117. That is the Numerical Rhymes game! I start off with numbers ending in' 1'. The 'seventies'...37, 47, 57 etc. were the least friendly, producing no well-known words. The relevant words are given in upper case.

 31 everything is going well today, BON! 41 LON has vanished,
he's long GONE 51 the Trapps have appeared and they're all VON
61 hurray, now at last the sun has SHONE! 71 they say he lives in Athens
does TIMON 81 an onion with n
 --that's NONION 91 a town in Derbyshire called ALFRETON 101
it's gone beyond bounds, it's OVERGONE
32 to a goose we're alleged to say BOO! 42 the cleaning lady heads
for the LOO 52 it's really boiling hot today--PHEW! 62 their cud
the cows always RECHEW 72 he who practices voodoo's a HOODOO 82 it
hops around, it's a KANGAROO 92 an Indian curry dish called
VINDALOO 102 Alaskan Indians are the HOOCHINOO
33 it's extremely small, it's so WEE 43 Honda's electric
motorcycle, the OREE 53 the ground robin is called a JOREE 63 another
bird is the CHICKADEE 73 Tensing's sherpa was HILARY 83 near
Oxford, UK is BANBURY 93 the outlaws practice BANDITRY 103 a 1920s hit
show was 'ROSE-MARIE'
34 he got a nasty punch on the JAW 44 it precedes things such as -head,
it's FORE 54 individual leaves have many a PORE 64 the POOR man
uttered a loud GUFFAW 74 the theatre company went on TOUR 84 with
Gilbert and Sullivan's 'PINAFORE' 94 legends and customs
make up FOLKLORE 104 and we all ended up in SINGAPORE
45 it means 'to deafen', the word is DEIVE 55 another name for
the 'chive' is SIVE 65 to commit, to perpetrate is BEDRIVE 75
flour dust was known as STIVE 85 alternatively 'bedrive' can
be BYDRIVE 95 the daring young fellow took a SKY-DIVE 105 to thrive once
more is simply RETHRIVE
46 selections of sweets are 'pick and MIX' 56 some valuable
items the burglar NICKS 66 among them sacred religious RELICS 76 an
injection needle always PRICKS 86 it's a genus of plant, the
TAMARIX 96 a comic book character is ASTERIX 106 they're a must for
teenagers--COSMETICS
57 the name of a fish, the chub, is CHEVEN 67 it means 'to
believe', it's ILEVEN 77 in days gone by, eleven was ENLEVEN
87 the expulsion from heaven is DISHEAVEN 97 the act of bailing a person
is REPLEVEN 107 a poetic opposite of bereaved is UNBEREAVEN
38 hurry up, it's getting so LATE 48 related by the father's
side, AGNATE 58 to delegate authority to is to MANDATE 68 there are
hundreds of pages to COLLATE 78 as well as numbers to CALCULATE 88
there's nothing we can ELIMINATE 98 where did it all ORIGINATE? … 
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