It’s All About Color

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Match these colorful titles with their respective authors.

The Titles

  1. The Golden Bough
  2. Hills Like White Elephants
  3. The Color Purple
  4. The Hunt for Red October
  5. Betsey Brown
  6. A Clockwork Orange
  7. How Green was My Valley
  8. The Silver Chalice
  9. The Bluest Eye
  10. Black Beauty
  11. Old Yeller
  12. The Pearl

The Authors

  1. Alice Walker
  2. Anna Sewell
  3. Anthony Burgess
  4. Ernest Hemingway
  5. Frederick Gipson
  6. James Frazer
  7. John Steinbeck
  8. Nzotake Shange
  9. Richard Llewellyn
  10. Thomas Costain
  11. Tom Clancy
  12. Toni Morrison

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Toasted Puzzler

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This one’s just for fun. You can make it harder or easier by varying the shapes. Enjoy.

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A Mystery for You to Solve

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Here’s a mystery for you to solve. Twenty-Six mystery writers in search of their main character. Can you match the author with the sleuth?

The Authors

  1. Nevada Barr
  2. Lawrence Block
  3. Raymond Chandler
  4. G.K. Chesterson
  5. Agatha Christie
  6. Patricia Cornwell
  7. Earl Dere Biggers
  8. Arthur Conan Doyle
  9. Janet Evanovich
  10. Sue Grafton
  11. Martha Grimes
  12. Dashiel Hammet
  13. Joan Hess
  14. P.D. James
  15. John Kellerma
  16. Mary Jane Maffini
  17. Marcia Muller
  18. Sara Paretsky
  19. James Patterson
  20. Dorothy L. Sayers
  21. Georges Simenon
  22. Mickey Spillane
  23. Sarah Strohmeyer
  24. Rex Stout
  25. S. Vane Dine
  26. Susan Wittag Albert

The Sleuths

  1. V.I. Warshawsky
  2. Stephanie Plum
  3. Sherlock Holmes
  4. Sharon McCone
  5. Sam Spade
  6. Richard Jury
  7. Philo Vance
  8. Phillip Marlowe
  9. Nero Wolfe
  10. Mike Hammer
  11. Lord Peter Wimsey
  12. Kinsey Millhone
  13. Kay Scarpetta
  14. Inspector Jules Maigret
  15. Hercules Poirot
  16. Father Brown
  17. Claire Malloy
  18. China Bayles
  19. Charlie Chan
  20. Camillia McPhee
  21. Bubbles Yablonsky
  22. Bernie Rhodenbarr
  23. Anna Pigeon
  24. Alex Delaware
  25. Alex Cross
  26. Adam Dalgleish

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Spring Poems & Poets

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April, when spring begins to blossom, is National Poetry Month in the U.S. Let’s celebrate both.

See if you can match the poem depicting spring (A – I) with the poet (1 – 9)

The Poems

  1. in Just…
    spring            when the world is mud…
    luscious the little
    lame balloonman
  2. Behold, this crocus is a withering flame;
    This snowdrop, snow; this apple-blossom’s part
    To breed the fruit that breeds the serpent’s art.
    Nay, for these Spring-flowers, turn thy face from them,
    Nor stay till on the year’s last lily-stem
    The white cup shrivels round the golden heart.
  3. Random thoughts
    and loneliness trouble me
    but I am soothed by the
    anticipation of cherry blossoms
    and spring rain falling on my hut.
  4. April is the cruelest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.
  5. A LITTLE madness in the Spring
    Is wholesome even for the King,
    But God be with the Clown,
    Who ponders this tremendous scene…
    This whole experiment of green,
    As if it were his own!
  6. Open my ears to music; let
    Me thrill with Spring’s first flutes and drums…
    But never let me dare forget
    The bitter ballads of the slums.
  7. For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils
  8. I remember, I remember
    There were ghostly veils and laces…
    In the shadowy bowery places…
    With lovers’ ardent faces
    Bending to one another,
    Speaking each his part.
    They infinitely echo
    In the red cave of my heart.
    ‘Sweetheart, sweetheart, sweetheart.’
    They said to one another.
    They spoke, I think, of perils past.
    They spoke, I think, of peace at last.
    One thing I remember:
    Spring came on forever,
    Spring came on forever,”
    Said the Chinese nightingale.
  9. O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
    Thro’ the clear windows of the morning, turn
    Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
    Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!

The Poets

  1. William Wordsworth
  2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  3. Emily Dickinson
  4. Vachel Lindsay
  5. E. E. Cummings
  6. William Blake
  7. Otasaki Rengetsu
  8. T.S. Eliot
  9. Louis Untermeyer

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What’s It About & Who Said It?

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The letters for the quotation are in the right columns, but they have been put in alphabetical order. Can you reconstruct the quotation? Words may extend more than one line, and only end when you reach a black box. All punctuation has been removed.

Once you have the quote, tell us: What subject is the quotation about, and who said it?

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I Write, Therefore I Am

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Therefore, by my writing, who am I?

Think you know who said what? Here’s your chance to prove it! Listed below is a list of (hopefully!) ten very distinct quotes, all about writing. Below that are the names of ten very different authors. Your goal? Match up the author with their quote!!

So then, he said…

  • “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.”
  • “The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he’s written it.”
  • “Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
  • “You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say.”
  • “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
  • “We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.”
  • “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.”
  • “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
  • “A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.”
  • “Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”

The Authors…

  • Virginia Woolf
  • Winston Churchill
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • William Golding
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Flannery O’Connor
  • George Orwell
  • Tom Clancy
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Henry Miller

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Think You Know The Snarkers?

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Here’s you chance to prove how well you do. Listed below are six questions with six sets of very distinct answers. The challenge here is to match the answers to the appropriate snarker – good luck!!

The Snarkers

Baker * Beaver * Bellman * Billiard * Boots * Butcher


  1. Why do you write about what you write about?
  2. If you became the leader of your country (ie. President, Prime Minister) what is the first change that you would make?
  3. If you were to get a tattoo would would it be? If you have one, what is it? Where is it?
  4. Other than Toasted Cheese, list three other web sites that you frequently visit.
  5. Which of the seven dwarves would you be?
  6. Which would you most like to have:
    1. your picture on a stamp
    2. your statue in a park
    3. a college named after you
    4. a Nobel Prize
    5. a national holiday in your honor

Answer Set # 1

  1. It’s easier for me to write deep than write shallow. Or maybe I just like being obtuse. Either way, I like the freedom of fiction, plus I think that fiction often gets closer to truth than non-fiction does.
  2. I’d remove all reference to foreign monarchs and questionable deities in oaths of office and citizenship, etc.
  3. Fire.
  4. Google, Salon, IMDb
  5. In the past I would’ve said Sleepy. Now I’m thinking I’m more of a Grumpy.
  6. A Nobel Prize

Answer Set # 2

  1. Because I’m highly disturbed. Also because in my self-importance I think I have something to say.
  2. I would declare myself “dictator for life.”
  3. An arrow. Probably on the hipbone or thereabouts. There’s also that celtic cross on the back I’ve considered that creeps everyone out.
  4. Not “frequently,” since that would give me away but favorites nonetheless: The Onion,
    Emotion Eric, Pandora’s Box
  5. Grumpy. Get out of my way, shorty.
  6. a Nobel Prize

Answer Set # 3

  1. Because it comes naturally to me – it’s something I can do easily, and I can do well.
  2. I’d want to do something that would be reflective of my gender, either by increasing funding to help abused women or ease the battle against abortion.
  3. Maybe my name, spelt in chinese letters, at the base of my spine.
  4. M-W, HBO, All Recipes
  5. Happy
  6. c) The college

Answer Set # 4

  1. Because it’s there.
  2. If I were a president, I wouldn’t have to make change, I could put it all on the White House account.
  3. Tattoo would be on Fantasy Island, of course. (De plane! De plane!)
  4. There are other websites??
  5. Snuffy.
  6. Not a), since you have to be dead for a). Maybe not e) either, dunno the rules for that one. You can live and get the others, though. b) would cost you money unless you were dead. e) would cost you BIG money. I guess that leaves d) which would result in your getting money, and you are allowed to be alive to spend it.

Answer Set # 5

  1. Because I get to use all of my creative abilities. Everything and anything I’ve ever dreamed up can go in them. My past, my perceived future, my present, whatever.
  2. Raise the dollar limit for social programs so that the people that live on the fringe of “have” and “have not” can get the care and attention they deserve.
  3. I don’t have one, but I’d like to get the astrological symbol for Aries on the left side of my neck. I kind of also want the symbol for Libra on my wrist.
  4. No Noun-Sense, Gamesville, and Zigire
  5. Happy.
  6. A national holiday. I’d love to be thanked that many times by that many people.

Answer Set #6

  1. I often find myself inspired by real life. The things I end up writing about are the things that I just can’t NOT write about!
  2. Mandatory afternoon siestas. : )
  3. I do have one…which surprises a lot of people! It’s a violet, on my lower back.
  4. I’m afraid I haven’t been doing much surfing lately…
  5. Sleepy. ; )
  6. c. a college named after you

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Scrambled Titles and Toasted Cheese!

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If you haven’t read the first issue of Toasted Cheese, now’s the time to check it out. If you have read it, impress everyone one with how close you paid attention. Listed below are passages from each of the seven stories found in Volume One, Issue One. Below that, are the titles of the stories, but they’ve somehow gotten scrambled up. Arrange the letters to form the proper titles then match them to the appropriate passages.


  1. So here I wait, 45 minutes later, tapping my French manicure against the leather-wrapped steering wheel, anticipating that green light, seething at Barbie and Ken on their waxed Jet-Ski-Built-For-Two. That snapshot we consumers are allowed to witness of their plastic, imagined lives, interrupted by long, deckled strips of a rippling pool.
  2. “Mama?” Callie whispered. Her mother turned away and hid her face against the icebox, her bobbed hair shaking.Callie stared at Ellen, then at her mother. What did we do?”Take them away,” her mother hiccuped.
  3. “Are you okay, George?” The teller asked as he counted twenties. “You don’t look so well.” He initialed the deposit book and handed it back to George.
  4. “Mike and I are going to dance,” Aisling says.Why she is telling me this? She’s been dancing all night. I guess I’m supposed to be happy because this is Bio-Mike. “Have fun,” I say, dismissing them.
  5. Croissant Woman spotted me watching her. I smiled broadly and waved. Her eyes grew. They resembled lottery balls, flashing the day’s numbers from her head. The other woman ducked her head and walked to her car.I flicked ashes.
  6. “What happens when they don’t say goodbye?” I asked.”I dunno. Some people think they hang around for a while,” Heather said.
  7. “I believe what Madam smells is the aromatic almond pesto vinaigrette dressing. A family recipe. Quite safe, I assure you.” Jarvis kept his tone soothing. “Mr. Rathskeller would no more poison you than I would, Madam.”


  1. Nnaa Era’s Dtrbyiha Ecka
  2. Posu Ot Sutn
  3. Em
  4. Dalni’s Kittec
  5. Naglis
  6. Eb Lrfceua Hawt Uot Shwi Rfo
  7. Tomhre’s Tqobeuu

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