1. cryptology—[C] study of codes (-ology = “study”). The Enigma code was cracked by aces in cryptology.
2. empathetic—[A] showing understanding or sensitivity (-pathy = “feeling”). Do you think women are more empathetic than men?
3. ovoid—[A] egg-shaped (-oid = “resembling”). Jay’s ovoid physique made him a shoo-in for the role of Falstaff.
4. deify—[A] treat as a god (-fy = “make into”). First we deify pop stars, then we tear them down.
5. perspicacious—[B] of acute mental vision (-acious = “with a quality of”). She’s too perspicacious to fall for their hoax.
[B] native (-genous = “producing”). The protesters argued that chemical testing would disrupt the island’s indigenous species.
[C] agent used to inhibit or kill plant growth (-cide = “killing”). Mother Nature is not fond of lawn herbicides. 8. pachyderm—[A] elephant (-derm = “skin”). Cartoonist Thomas Nast drew the first Republican pachyderm.
9. Kafkaesque—[A] nightmarishly complex (-esque = “resembling”). Getting my passport back involved a Kafkaesque maze of bureaucracies.
10. atrophy—[A] waste away (-trophy = “nourishment”). Without rehab, Alison’s knee will atrophy.
11. knavish—[C] deceitful or dishonest (-ish = “like”). OK, who’s the knavish sneak who swiped my drink?
12. legalese—[C] legal language (-ese = “language style”). Please, cut the legalese and speak plain English. 13. patriarch—[B] father figure (-arch = “chief”). That loudmouth is the patriarch of all spin doctors.
14. obsolescent— [C] going out of use (-escent = “becoming”). Our landline is now obsolescent.
[A] sunroom (-arium = “place”). Let us retire to my solarium for a little more inspiration.
9 & below: linguist 10–12: wordaholic 13–15: brainiac