Friday, October 23, 2009

Spelling Challenge

Fun Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! I'd like to invite you all sto stop by CC-Chronicles blog to read a little about yours truly. I'm very honored to have been interviewed for her first new Friday feature, "Welcome to the Weekend With..."
An opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the Crystal behind Crystal Clear Proofing!

Now, back to our end-of-the-week challenge! It's time to test those spelling skills again! Here are this week's words, followed by the answers.

Also, at the very end of this post are the words that were misspelled in yesterday's Thorough Thursday challenge.

Now remember...



1. acquaitence, aquaintance, acquaintance

2. cematery, cemetery, cemetary

3. dillemma, dilemma, dillemma

4. equivalent, equivelent, equivelant

5. hienous, hieneous, heinous

6. minuscule, miniscule, minescule

7. ocurrance, occurrence, occurance

8. permmisible, permisible, permissible

9. pavilion, pavileon, pavillion

10. rememberance, remembrance, rememberence


symeterical, symmetrical, symetrical

As usual, for spelling all the words correctly
you get a GOLD star!

Gold Star

And, if you spelled the bonus word correctly
you get the prized, very special, and much coveted
Crystal Clear Proofing PURPLE star!
Purple Star

For spelling all the words, including the bonus word correctly
you get a GOLD and a PURPLE star!


1. acquaintance
2. cemetery
3. dilemma
4. equivalent
5. heinous
6. minuscule
7. occurrence
8. permissible
9. pavilion
10. remembrance



to those of you who earned stars!


Now, here's yesterday's Thorough Thursday post in its entirety, with the errors corrected and highlighted in red.


The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

Over the years traditions changed, and in America, people began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. Because of their efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.

Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday.


So, how'd you do? Be sure to check back next week for our Halloween traditions, and why we have them. As usual, I hope that you all have a very...


Winking Smiley


  1. Pass me another gold and purple (yawn), and oh - do I get a steak & eggs breakfast for getting all 13 boo-boos right, too? Kinda hungry ... damn, I'm good. (wink)

    These are so muc fun,Crystal. Helps keep us lit nuts sharp, too!

    The Old Silly

  2. MUCH - I meant to write so "much" fun. Sheesh - some proofreader I am this morning, eh?

  3. Marvin you are such a HOOT! Am I aging myself or do they still use that term?? Anyway - most definitely - I'll start breakfast in 10 - be over in 30 minutes.

    Congrats on doing so well - and thanks for the comment also. I've wondered whether you all find these challenges fun (and a good exercise...) Appreciate the feeback!

    BTW - love the (yawn!) :)

  4. Well I did yesterday's today - and I promise I didn't cheat! I read it BEFORE reading today's! LOL!

    I missed one word in your yesterday challenge (won't tell you which one - it was blantantly staring at me) but I did get all the spelling words!

    These are great practice on, as you have called your Thursday post, thoroughness. Thanks!

  5. Didn't get all of yesterday's correct, but I got all including the bonus word today!!!

  6. Angel: Nice to see you again - and thank you for the compliment on the challenges!

    Diane: Good for you, getting all today's words correct! You realize you get both the gold and the PURPLE stars, right? LOL!!

  7. I got the gold and purple! But just barely...for some reason, cemetery was worrying me today.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  8. Woo-hoo, I got all of the ones today and yesterday. I think your grammar glimmer is rubbing off on me. Or I'm just getting more caffeine than usual before I try these.

    You didn't tell people to go read your interview. Guys, she is so much more than you see here. Stop by to read all about our Glamour Goddess!

  9. Elizabeth: I'm surprised you nearly missed cemetery, being a mystery writer!

    Chris: You need MORE coffee my friend. Now you've turned me from Grammar Goddess to Glamour Goddess! LOL! Thanks for mentioning the interview nonetheless! Duh - I'll add something in the post about it...thanks for keeping me on my toes!

  10. I enjoyed reading your interview and I admit I'm giggling that a mystery writer was momentarily wondering how to spell 'cemetery'.


  11. Hey! Wake up, Crystal! Time for that breakfast you promised. And where's my challenge for today? Huh?

    LOL - and yes, I know what it means to be a "hoot." (wink)

    Marvin D Wilson

  12. Hmm - guess you're taking the weekend off, and don't blame ya. Breakfast a 8am on Monday though, please. ;)

    Hey Crystal - could you do a tutorial on "toward" and "towards"? For the life of me, I've never been explained the difference and YOU are just the gal to set it straight.

    The Old Silly


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