Science Crossword Quiz

As I mentioned on Friday,ย while tidying my desk at work last week I found a new and miraculously untouched science puzzle from last yearโ€™s desk calendar! It’s in the form of a crossword, and after trying and failing to format the grid properly, here’s a damn photo:

Please post your answers in the comments,

L I K E
T H I S
I S U P
P O S E.

I think I’ve fixed the comment settings so that most people’s answers will go to moderation; I’ll hold all of these comments for 48 hours and then approve all of them at once. Comments by my fellow OT bloggers may go through automatically despite the setting changes, but I can manually send any such comments to temporary purgatory. I’ll do my best to hide any errant comments as soon as possible, but work and other pesky activities may get in the way – it may be best to decide what your answers will be before scrolling down to the comments, just in case there are any spoilers in there!

Have fun!

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28 Responses to Science Crossword Quiz

  1. rpg says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

  2. Alyssa says:

    Oh YEAH! Something to do on my day off ๐Ÿ™‚

    S A W S
    T R A P
    A E R O
    R A P T

  3. Eva says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

    (…saws? SAWS? Okay then…)

    • Some surgeons use saws. I lived with three medical students during my undergrad years, and they said that their orthopedic surgery rotations were the absolute worst and most disturbing aspects of their training – saws, chisels, and mallets were all mentioned.

      Mr E Man (a carpenter, for those who don’t know) once met an orthopedic surgeon friend of one of these friends of mine, and told him “oh, you and I do basically the same job, then”. The surgeon wasn’t as amused as he pretended to be.

      • Eva says:

        DO NOT WANT SAWS ๐Ÿ™

        I think I’ve only ever been attacked with scalpels and tiny drills (for teeth)

        • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

          Same here – with the exception of whatever godawful instruments of torture they used to extract my wisdom teeth (I didn’t see them because I had my eyes screwed shut, but they felt like heavy-duty bolt cutters or similar. Suffice it to say that when they started breaking up the one tooth that was much more impacted than it looked on the x-ray, all effects of the atavan they’d given me that hadn’t instantly worn off as soon as they started the first extraction completely disappeared, and I had to be held down by three people. It didn’t hurt, but the sounds and the crushing/tugging sensations will stay with me until my dying day…)

  4. S A W S
    T R A P
    A E R O
    R A P T

  5. Pertsovich (She-Liger) says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

    Sorry if it is wong. I am not a native speaker ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. KJHaxton says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

    I’m sure that would make a great poem or something.

    • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

      A haiku, perhaps?

      The blogger is rapt

      Trapped by big scary chain saws

      Bring me an Aero

      It’s not a very good haiku, but it’s still better than Beth’s ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. pika says:

    Nice little puzzle. ๐Ÿ™‚

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

    Correct?

  8. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I’m thinking that this is far too easy, and that I shall have to come up with some puzzles of my own in future…

    Ah well, keep at it!

  9. OK so I only a few minutes so this is what I got:
    S A S
    T R A P
    A E R O
    R A P T

    For the life of me, I can not figure out the bending of light, which I should know….

  10. ricardipus says:

    Yeah, that was pretty easy, but thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Makita says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

    I think.
    I’m not so sure about rapt. Sounds weird to me.
    And warp? Hmm, it’s the only thing I could think of that fit.
    I have an excuse. English isn’t my damned language, and I’ve never been very good at puzzling in English. Now if you were to post something in Dutch next time….

  12. antipodean says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

    That was fun, thanks.

  13. ajbroome says:

    SAWS, TRAP, AERO, RAPT or STAR, AREA, WARP, SPOT.

    Andrew in NZ.

  14. Beth Snow says:

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

  15. chall says:

    well all you smarties, I’m looking forward seeing the answers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (I want to put C A T (H) as the mouse catcher but somehow I don’t think it fits…. ^^ )

    • Not quite…

      There was a mouse in my house last month; I saw it run along the skirting board behind the TV. I went to get the cats, and found them both napping on the spare bed. I carried them through to the living room and put them on the floor right next to where the mouse was last seen. They were spectacularly disinterested, and fell asleep on the sofa within three minutes. Bloody useless!

  16. Mary says:

    I’m probably really late. But here goes.

    SAWS
    TRAP
    AERO
    RAPT

  17. My first line was supposed to be S A __S (because 4 down is spot)

  18. Pertsovich (She-Liger) says:

    Aha! Somebody said about poems here, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do you want a poem made of these words?
    OK! I’ll cook a poem for you ๐Ÿ™‚ But can you suffer the bad poems? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Only with the end rhymes!
    Do you want? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Welcome! Take it!
    Here:

    Night Space Crossword.
    (A poem! :)…)

    Fir-trees is like SAWS, directed to the skies.
    Black heavens TRAP the local AEROport.
    RAPT of the flying-up planes is short,
    Not reaching the STAR, it dies.
    But Space AREA is so deep.
    And WARP of the planets’ light
    Is drawing a cosmic map through the night,
    Where millions and millions of beeps,
    Carrying thoughts of the distant dots,
    Are running from glowing SPOTs…

  19. Nice work, everyone – especially those of you who don’t have English as your first language!

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