Word Ways


Cryptic crosswords and other word puzzles make frequent use of incongruous word unions. These are the unexpected words which often result when two shorter words are joined together. A few random examples: ASH-ORE, BRAN-DISH, CUR-BED, GALL-ANT, SINCE-RELY, and WARS-HIPS. A double-barreled example is the familiar fill-in-the-blanks puzzle with the answer "The NOTABLE doctor was NOT ABLE to operate because he had NO TABLE."