Today’s Tuesday Time Killer takes you for a ride!

Posted on Sep 16, 2014

So today I have for you a fun-with-words exercise, and it’s something you've done before.

Everything is going to be based on the five-letter key word HORSE.

Below you'll see 20 blanks - the first 6 will involve you changing 1 letter only to come up with a word that is correct for the corresponding clue. The following 14 are the same, only you have to replace 2 letters. Each puzzle is independent of the others; they are not connected. This is not a word ladder.

Please note - there is no rearranging of the letters; only replacing either 1 (for the first 6) or 2 (for the last 14) letter(s). For example, if the key word was HEART and you had to change 1 letter for the clue, “listens,” the answer would be HEARS, changing the last letter from a ‘T’ to an ‘S’. If you had to change 2 letters for the clue, “to begin,” the answer would be START, changing the first 2 letters from ‘HE’ to ‘ST’. Any of the letters may (and do) change

Seems simple, no? And in theory it is, except some of my clues may be a little cryptic, in order to make you think a bit in order to solve this.

Before I turn you loose on this, congratulations to all of you who correctly unscrambled last week’s logline puzzle, and a special doff of the hat to Sarah Rodenhauser, who was the first to do so. If you were stumped, the correct order was: OCBEMGQJHANDILKRFP.

So then, on to this week’s puzzle. Have fun, and remember - the key word for all of these is HORSE.

Change 1 letter - 

 He patented the single wire telegraph, to help long distance communication.

 The opposite of better.

 A spiny, yellow flowered European shrub.

 Thor, Odin and Freyja are part of this mythology.

 Graham Nash wrote about this, which he shared with Joni Mitchell.

 A large group or crowd; a swarm.

Change 2 letters -

 The London Symphony Orchestra has these. So do some demons.

 The prize money in a thoroughbred horserace.

 A polite word describing Jeremy, who killed his horse.

 The original Disney character.

 A prayer or appeal for evil or misfortune to befall someone or something.

 The 10th word in Charles Dickens’ most famous opening sentence.

 Used with ‘majeure,’ it means a superior or irresistible power.

 Words in a song’s lyrics form this (Not the chorus, though).

Something or someone unpleasant to the senses or feelings.

 The falcon headed god of light in Egyptian mythology.

 To analyze something in an orderly way; used in linguistics.

 Add an ‘o’ at the end and you get the third largest island in the world.

 A cake made with many eggs, little flour and often grated nuts.

 Someone needs capturing? The Sheriff should form one of these.