Gimme a Break
Puzzles based on Ben and Verse
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PUZZLES
The puzzles ask which jingle – good or bad -- best matches a quotation. Here's an example:
Ben Franklin said, “The wise man takes more advantage from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
The jingles (pick the one that best matches the quotation):
a. Get beat at chess? Learn foe’s finesse (cleverness).
b. Swap friend for foe; lend either dough.
c. Tongue fixes, fist nixes.
d. A weather-wise friend will stick – to the wind.
a. Get beat at chess? Learn foe’s finesse (i.e., cleverness).
It’s the only jingle that shows gaining an advantage over an “enemy” – in this case a rival at the chess board. The advantage here comes from learning the rival’s ways of winning.
Note: There are puzzles harder and easier than this one. (Yours might possibly be either.)
Guessing is necessary, but it will probably pay to think carefully after reading over the quote and the jingles several times.
Think about the ideas – “the message” from Ben Franklin -- not just the words.
And, remember, no jingle will be a perfect match. Your aim should be to pick the best match among the jingles listed -- even though it may not be your favorite.
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