Antonymic Couplets

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Antonymic Couplets


Kahan, Steve, Word Ways


An antonymic couplet consists of a pair of two-word phrases in which the first words are adjectives that are antonyms of one another and the second words are rhyming nouns. As an example, the response to the prompts "1981 De Niro film / inaccuracies" would be TRUE CONFESSIONS / FALSE IMPRESSIONS. If poetry is your forte, use the forty component clues given below to create the twenty antonymic couplets that they suggest.

1. blizzard / illuminated display of color

2. something taken off a short pier / brief oration

3. pizzeria order / children

4. initial stage, figuratively / bottom of the heap

5. brougham, for one / liberal type of union

6. worm catcher / last-minute news

7. winter road hazard / denizens of the laboratory

8. causes of excitement / tricycles

9. sewer's production / vulnerable part

10. 1969 Fonda flick / alcoholic apple drink

11. optimal presentation / poorest scenario

12. one predisposed to misbehavior / scout's action

13. inert mass / angler's dangler, perhaps

14. type of battle scar / swim in the altogether

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