Obdurate <ah-jer-rit> Not moved by pity. Stubborn against good advice. 
The obdurate man would not listen to our complaints.

He only yawned.

A helikos pter is own my lawn. I spray it with water. I shout... but it won't go away. Why doesn't it go away? answer below...

A cat has absolute emotional honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. ~Hemingway

Grapes and raisins are poison to dogs. Never feed them that... or chocolate.

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answer: It's a helicopter. Water does not matter.
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Hazard comes from an Arabic word - "al zahr" or dice. Dice are for gambling which entails great risk or danger. Roll the hazard anyone?

You put a horse in a bridle, a pig in a girdle and a ram in a ramshackle. Why is the ram mad at you... but it can't run away? answer below...

Accord - to be in agreement. Memory trick: There is a cord between us. We are in accord.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Abraham Lincoln.

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answer: A ramshackle is a broken down house. The roof is probably leaking.. so the ram is mad but it can't get out and run away.
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Tractable- Obedient. Manageable. The tractable dog followed my commands.  

Reminds of track - we can track something that does what we say.

You have deux beehives and faux flowers. You fill your two hives with honey bees.

Why don't they make honey? answer below...

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~Steve Jobs

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answer: Faux means fake. You have bees but the flowers are not real. They won't provide pollen.
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Salutary- promoting health. Vegetables make a salutary snack. I like them a not.
Salulary reminds of salute. I salute you with a toast to your health.

By Virginia Woolf
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.

You and I have a gastromancy. There are tulips on the table. The candles are not lit. Why are we not eating? answer below...

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. ~Aristotle

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answer: Gastromancy is predicting the future by listening to stomach sounds. It has nothing to do with food or romance. That's why we're not eating. (c) 2017 New Word A Day, ES Carruthers



Voluble <vol-u-bul> A constant flow of words. Talkative. Your email was voluble. It was huge. Remember: The volume of a bull.

A goose sits on your opulent lawn. She has three aglets with her. You throw bread but the aglets don't eat. Why don't they eat? answer below...

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau

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answer: An aglet is the plastic tube on the end of a shoelace. It does not eat.
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Abbozzo - (ah-bo-zo) to make a rough drawing or sketch. We can't build a robot from an abozzo. Remember: Bozo or clown- not serious.

Your glass is leaking as you drink. A little dirigible comes from your mouth. You wipe it away and snicker. Why do we applaud you? answer below...

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~Lao Tzu - (Don't be afraid of success because you are comfortable) ~ ES Carruthers)

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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answer: A dirigible is a little airship. If one came out of your mouth... you just did a magic trick. That's why we applauded.
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GUBBINS - An item of little value or worth. Small unnamed pieces.
A few hours with the scissors produced a heaping pile of gubbins.
They may be gubbins to you but treasures to me.

You are exposed to a bucolic environment. Your friend goes to sleep and you are getting sleepy.
Why do you not go to a doctor? answer below

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight. ~Benjamin Franklin

answer: bucolic means the pleasantry of being in the countryside or somewhere peaceful. That is why you do not go to the doctor. You are happy.
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ABLUVION (ah-blu-vee-on) material that is washed off. The abluvion fell like an avalanche. After all... it was years of dirt.

You have an affinity for Bob. He enters the room and you guffaw and leave. He comes to your home unannounced. Why do you answer the door? answer below...

Action is the foundational key to all success. ~Pablo Picasso

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affinity means to like something or someone,
You like Bob so  you are happy to see him.
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