Magazine article Word Ways

Pros and Cons-1

Magazine article Word Ways

Pros and Cons-1

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Some situations in life have distinct advantages, while others present clear disadvantages. The same can be said about the twenty words for which clues have been supplied in Column A below. Each word sought there can be prefaced with either PRO or CON to create a new one whose definition appears somewhere in Column B. For example, if the clues "aver" and "type of gland" appeared in Columns A and B, respectively, the response "STATE" and "PROSTATE" would be appropriate. Similarly, the prompts "monarch" and "hitting on the head" would elicit the answers "KING" and "CONKING". To insure equilibrium, there are the same number of PRO and CON words in Column B.

A pair of bonus queries have been appended for further consideration, in which three definitions--one each for the "root word" and its two PRO and CON counterparts-have been offered. Accordingly, "channel", "direct result", and "behavior" would suggest DUCT, PRODUCT, and CONDUCT.

One final thought-aside from its derivatives, there is only one lexicon entry which displays both PRO and CON. Can you identify it?

COLUMN A  COLUMN B 
 (A) falsely represent             (1) logical conclusion (B) cause to
exist                (2) investigated (C) lure
(3) preparatory measure (D) regular occupation            (4) state of
curving inward (E) bottom of a river             (5) deign (F) college
offering              (6) he, she, or it (G) unit of mass
(7) scorn (H) acknowledgment of respect     (8) fall out of place (I)
ordered arrangement           (9) broad thoroughfare (J) appraise
(10) person of the same age (K) expire                        (11) put
forward for consideration (L) musical sticks                (12) assess
proportionately (M) foresight                     (13) give to a common
fund (N) lasting for a limited time    (14) assemblage (O) text of a
play                (15) side view (P) part of speech
(16) draft (Q) hollow area                   (17) descriptive notice of
events (R) put papers in order           (18) reproduce (S) allotted
part                 (19) secret meetings (T) go down
(20) equal ratios 

BONUS #1: farm vehicle / instrument for angle measurement / construction specialist

BONUS #2: stablish / deep / perplex

ANSWERS

 (A)   POSE        (11)   PRO
 POSE (B)   CREATE      (18)   PRO
CREATE (C)   TEMPT       (7)    CONT
EMPT (D)   VOCATION    (14)   CON
VOCATION (E)   BED         (2)    PRO
BED (F)   COURSE      (9)    CON
COURSE (G)   GRAM        (17)   PRO
GRAM (H)   TRIBUTE     (13)   CON
TRIBUTE (I)   SEQUENCE    (1)    CON
SEQUENCE (J)   RATE        (12)   PRO
RATE (K)   LAPSE       (8)    PRO
LAPSE (L)   CLAVES      (19)   CON
CLAVES (M)   VISION      (3)    PRO
VISION (N)   TEMPORARY   (10)   CON
TEMPORARY (O)   SCRIPT      (16)   CON
SCRIPT (P)   NOUN        (6)    PRO
NOUN (Q)   CAVITY      (4)    CON
CAVITY (R)   FILE        (15)   PRO
FILE (S)   PORTION     (20)   PRO
PORTION (T)   DESCEND     (5)    CON
DESCEND
BONUS #1: TRACTOR / PRO
TRACTOR / CON
TRACTOR
BONUS #2: FOUND / PRO
FOUND / CON
FOUND 

STEVE KAHAN

Hollis Hills, New York

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