Magazine article Word Ways

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Magazine article Word Ways

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

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Don't believe your eyes! There's a bunch of animals out there disguised as other animals, braving their niches. This map of 100 disguises or "hides" hides 50 hiders. Hiders are easy enough to spot that I won't give all the answers, just those for the quiz. Only hides that are not related to their hiders are used. No humans. No Latin names, but ten aren't everyday words. All hiders are alive and intact, no beheadings like a camel hiding in a chameleon. Half-covered hiders like sea l/ion, b/ ass, f/ox count but fully hidden are more fun, like the cute little hippo tucked away inside a whippoorwill hide. Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this map.

I dedicate this effort to BUTHID, a scorpion (Buthus occitanus) whose name speaks for all hiders.

QUIZ 1) Which hider has the most hideaways and how many?

2) Which two hiders have the longest names?

3) Which hide hides a set of twins?

4) Which twenty-one of the hides are used by two hiders?

5) Which hide is used by three hiders?

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ANSWERS

0. A few you may have missed, not below: barb and drum (fish), guan (bird), eland (antelope).

1. ant Naturally the critter with the most hiding places is a tiny one. (12: coelacanth, lanternfish, mantis, elephant, panther, agwantibo (a potto), tarantula, cantil (a snake), fantail, giant, tyrant, pheasant) My researches found some thirty but I've spared you the full treatment.

2. The longest hider names are the (t)hornbill and the (b)oarfish. …

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