This week, Merl took real words and gave them new definitions. Here they are (spoilers ahead):
affliction common to rodeo clowns: BRONCHITIS (“bronco+itis”)
school that teaches how to write commercials: ADVERSITY (“ad + university”)
able to bypass a key-based security device (said of burglars, escape artiststs, etc.) : CIRCUMLOCUTORY (“circum+lock+utory”)
tending to bump into the bed when hurrying in the dark : RAMBUNCTIOUS (my favorite of these!) (“ram+bunk+uous”)
slang — a dollar bill: BUCKAROO (I’m missing something — isn’t this already slang for a dollar?)
any large convalescent home: RESTITUTION (“rest institution”)
chairs, sofas, etc. that are hard to sit on : DISCOMFITURE (liked this one too) ( “discomfort furniture”)
afraid of being injected : HYPOALLERGENIC (as in “hypodermic allergy”)
to reverse the maturing process of wine or beer : DEFERMENT (as in “un-ferment”)
containing excessive compost: TUMULTUOUS (“too mulch-uous”)
New word of the day — SHAKO for a drum major’s hat.
I hope all my answers are correct. Please let me know if not.
Try the puzzle yourself at sundaycrosswords.com.