Word Sleuths

USC keeps turning up in unexpected places, even deeply embedded in the English language. Devised by University Professor, mathematician/ electrical engineer and noted puzzle-smith Solomon Golomb, this quiz tests your knowledge of words containing the consecutive letters “u-s-c.” We provide the Trojan kernal, you fill in the blanks, Sherlock.

1. Becloud
_ _ _ usc _ _ _

2. Way out, in Italian
usc _ _ _

3. Extremely appetizing
_ usc _ _ _ _

4. Animate anew
_ _ _ usc _ _ _ _ _

5. A Russian
_ usc _ _ _ _ _

6. North African dish
_ _ usc _ _ _

7. Brawny
_ usc _ _ _ _

8. Lars Porsena was one
_ _ _ usc _ _

9. Capacity to be magnetized
_ usc _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

10. Sparkle
_ _ _ usc _ _ _

11. Listening, as to a heartbeat
_ usc _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

12. Clam phylum
_ _ _ _ usc _

13. Region containing Siena
_ usc _ _ _

14. Tiny
_ _ _ usc _ _ _

15. Variety of wine grape
_ usc _ _ _ _

16. A minute particle
_ _ _ _ usc _ _


 

 

 

Contest Rules
1. We are looking for 16 words containing the consecutive letters “u-s-c” in the positions indicated. Each blank represents a single letter. For example, if the clue were “St. Louis beer brewer” and the corresponding word: _usc_, the solution would be “Busch.”

2. Mail your answers by no later than
March 15 to:

The Last Word
c/o USC Trojan Family Magazine
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2538

Submissions by fax (213-821-1100) and email magazines@usc.edu are also welcome.

3. We will award up to five $30 gift certificates from Borders Books and Music to the philologists who find each USC-embedded mot juste. If more than five correct entries are received, winners will be drawn by lot.


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