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“B” Puzzle

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 16, 2014

Here’s a light and frothy post as a break from the heavier fare of the first part of the week.

This puzzle comes from the Children’s Friend of November 1960 — and I suspect that the enlarged vocabularies of Keepa’ninnies can find words-beginning-with-B to identify more than the 18 words the magazine expected of its Primary children.

One word only, please, to allow others to play. After most have had a chance, we’ll open it up for you to add other solutions.

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65 Comments »

  1. Bovine

    Comment by Observer — July 16, 2014 @ 6:44 am

  2. Beetle

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 7:03 am

  3. bandanna

    Comment by Niklas — July 16, 2014 @ 7:12 am

  4. Bell

    Comment by David Y. — July 16, 2014 @ 7:13 am

  5. Bison

    Comment by Grant — July 16, 2014 @ 7:14 am

  6. Buckle

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 16, 2014 @ 7:19 am

  7. Bat.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — July 16, 2014 @ 7:39 am

  8. Belt

    Comment by John Mansfield — July 16, 2014 @ 8:15 am

  9. “Bovine”??? That’s an adjective. Not a thing. Therefore, Observer, you lose. Into the barrel and over the falls you go.

    Comment by Mark B. — July 16, 2014 @ 8:35 am

  10. Play nice, Mark, or we’ll put you in that barrel and beat on it with the bat before we let that beast — whatever his designation — have his way.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 16, 2014 @ 8:46 am

  11. Bovine is a perfectly good noun referring to an animal of the Subfamily Bovinae. So there.

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 8:52 am

  12. Barley drink (in the barrel).

    Comment by KLC — July 16, 2014 @ 9:07 am

  13. brow

    Comment by charlene — July 16, 2014 @ 9:13 am

  14. Bovine is a noun and contact is a verb. Both Johnny-come-latelies. Next thing you know, people will be “graduating high school.”

    The only consolation, I suppose, is that they’re all illiterate. :) Including, of course, the cows.

    Comment by Mark B. — July 16, 2014 @ 9:26 am

  15. Beard (on the bovine bison)

    Comment by Frank Pellett — July 16, 2014 @ 10:17 am

  16. Boots.

    Comment by Naismith — July 16, 2014 @ 10:28 am

  17. Probably everybody who wants to play has had a chance — have at it. What other “B” words can you spot?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 16, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  18. bear.

    Comment by The Other Clark — July 16, 2014 @ 10:56 am

  19. If it’s a barley drink (beer?) in the barrel, then what’s in the bottle? Hopefully not bourbon or brandy.

    Comment by John Mansfield — July 16, 2014 @ 11:03 am

  20. Bangs. On the boy, not the bull.

    Comment by Mark B. — July 16, 2014 @ 11:14 am

  21. I don’t see that anyone has mentioned the bird yet. Or the butterfly.

    Comment by LauraN — July 16, 2014 @ 11:24 am

  22. bovid

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 11:26 am

  23. That looks like a Box under the Beard and Bell

    Comment by Carl C. — July 16, 2014 @ 11:35 am

  24. That could be a Beetle as Left Field indicated, but it could just be a plain old Bug

    Comment by Carl C. — July 16, 2014 @ 11:37 am

  25. So does brow count? Or beard? Before reading everyone else’s responses, this is what I had: bear, bird, bat, boy, butterfly, bandana, belt, boot, ball, barrel, bottle, box, bell, bull (or bovine, or east, whatever you want to call it. Never thought about the buckle on the belt, which would bring it to 15. If you add beard and brow, that’s 17. So what’s the 18th one? The bangs on the boy? Isn’t that stretching it a little? You need to give us the real answer, Ardis.

    Comment by Sharee — July 16, 2014 @ 11:39 am

  26. bill

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 11:42 am

  27. Is the hat to wavy to be a “Boss of the Plains”?

    Comment by Frank Pellett — July 16, 2014 @ 11:47 am

  28. Boards from which the box is built.

    Comment by Mark B. — July 16, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

  29. bastard wing

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

  30. Backs, which appear on the bull, the boy and the bear.

    That bill is also a beak.

    Comment by Mark B. — July 16, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

  31. Brim of the hat.

    Comment by John Mansfield — July 16, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

  32. beverage

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

  33. @25–Thanks for the summary. I think the “official” answers, in addition to your list, will include the beetle (mentioned in #2) and beard (#15).

    Speaking of which, I agree with Frank Pellett that the bovine beast looks suspiciously like a bearded buffalo (that’s bison bison, for you scientific folks…)

    Comment by The Other Clark — July 16, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

  34. Um, blades (of grass).

    Comment by Carol — July 16, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

  35. Bands

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

  36. Can we assume the boy (hey! Boy!) has Blue pants, that the Bear is Brown, and that the tuft on the Bison’s tail is Black?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 16, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

  37. Bottoms (I could have gone for bu””s)

    Comment by Grant — July 16, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

  38. Biped

    Comment by Grant — July 16, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

  39. Bob (clearly the name of the boy)

    Comment by Grant — July 16, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

  40. Bob the boy, Barb the bear, and Beelzebub the Bison.

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

  41. belly

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

  42. The pants are definitely Blue jeans.

    Comment by LauraN — July 16, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

  43. basketball
    bootheel

    Comment by Left Field — July 16, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

  44. There are some bananas behind the barrel.

    Comment by Carol — July 16, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

  45. Blank space

    Comment by Frank Pellett — July 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

  46. Bravery or Bravado for sitting on the back of a bufallo/bison with a baseball bat.

    Comment by Grant — July 16, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

  47. Bravo, all!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 16, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

  48. Has anyone ever noticed that Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo?

    Comment by Left Field — July 17, 2014 @ 6:20 am

  49. Where’s the bravo? And is that a thing? :)

    Comment by Mark B. — July 17, 2014 @ 8:39 am

  50. Speech “Bubble” and “Bill of lading” on the box!

    Comment by Gayle H — July 17, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

  51. Yes, I have Left Field. I thought about that too.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7m6le6mk2dx8lmk/Bison.docx

    Comment by Carol — July 17, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

  52. Beaver fur hat.

    Comment by Stephen Taylor — July 18, 2014 @ 10:49 am

  53. Black Bird

    Comment by Stephen Taylor — July 18, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  54. Blackbird.

    Comment by Stephen Taylor — July 18, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  55. Britches

    Comment by Murray — July 18, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

  56. Bottle has a bung (cork) in it.

    Comment by Stephen Taylor — July 18, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

  57. I laugh at every new contribution — who knew a bunch of adults could have so much fun with something like this?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 18, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

  58. “Adults”? :-)

    Comment by Gary Bergera — July 18, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

  59. I picked that over “grownups,” but you’re right — there IS a question! :D

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 18, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

  60. Braided rope (round the beast’s neck)

    Comment by Frank Pellett — July 18, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

  61. Is that a Black Bear (Ursus americanus) or a Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)?

    Comment by Left Field — July 19, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

  62. Is the bird a booby, a bushtit,a bustard, or a bunting?

    Comment by Left Field — July 19, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

  63. Is the butterfly a birdwing, a blue, or a brushfoot?

    Comment by Left Field — July 19, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  64. I’ll have to check the Children’s Friend answer key to find out, Left Field. :D

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — July 19, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

  65. I can’t wait to find out if the boy is Bosnian, Belizean, Brazilian, Barbadian, Bolivian, Belarusian, or British Columbian.

    Comment by Left Field — July 19, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

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