(The following appeared in the Natl Post on Feb 11th)
Misery loves company--and puzzles
Every Friday until the Oscar weekend of Feb. 27, we give you four movie-related sentences with three missing words. Puzzlers must fill in the blanks with words that are anagrams of each other. An example: "In his movie Jailhouse Rock _____ _____ the life of a ____- clad rock star." The missing words here would be "Elvis," "lives" and "Levis." Each week, the missing words will become longer as the puzzles become more difficult. Good luck!
1. In the movie Misery, Kathy _____ plays the role of a ____ __ of a woman who ______ a bedridden author.
2. After ____ bought her a horse, Sophia said, "What's the _____ , Carlo? We have no place to keep the _____."
3. In The King's Speech, Lionel Logue teaches the future King George VI how to cope with the ___ of cameras while talking to a ___ crowd and still maintaining a _____ mien.
4. In Fort Apache the Bronx, Ed ____ plays a cop that, while ___ than many of his wacky colleagues, nonetheless falls into the ___ of bogus arrests in order to catch a cop killer.
Answers to today's puzzles will appear in next week's Post Movies.
Answers to last week's puzzles:
1. Gore, ogre, ergo
2. Stone, onset, notes
3. Saint, stain, satin
4. Verne, never, nerve
Howard Richler, National Post
Howard Richler is a Canadian language columnist. He wrote the weekly Speaking of Language column in The Montreal Gazette from 1992 to 2006 and his Word Nerd column has appeared since 2006 in The Senior Times.
Howard also regularly writes for other newspapers and magazines, including Globe & Mail, and National Post, and the legal magazine Lexpert. He has appeared on countless radio and television shows, including All in a Weekend, Pamela Wallin Live and Richler Inc.
In between all this, he has written seven books
The Dead Sea Scroll Palindromes
Take My Words –A Wordaholic’s Guide to the English Language
A Bawdy Language – How a Second-Rate Language Slept Its Way to the Top
Global Mother Tongue – The Eight Flavours of English
Can I Have a Word With You?
Strange Bedfellows: The Private Lives of Words.
His book From Happy to Homosexual and other mysterious semantic shifts was published by Ronsdale Press 2013 and his latest book Wordplay:Arranged and Deranged Wit was published by Ronsdale in April 2016.