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It's a Great Day, Actually!

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jun 11, 2014 6:00:00 AM

cartoon characterDo you know someone who won't get out of bed for fear of crossing paths with a black cat or being hit by a meteor? We're glad you braved the day and came to work. Do watch out for ladders, though. Walking under a ladder is unsafe all year long.

1. aleatory: (a) relating to luck and especially to good luck; (b) sparing, restrained; (c) relating to luck and especially to bad luck; (d) enlightening.

2. gross: (a) an aggregate of 12 dozen things; (b) an aggregate of 13 dozen things; (c) an aggregate of 12 things; (d) a bundle.

3. cess: (a) chiefly Scottish: skill having some element of luck; (b) chiefly Irish: luck - usually used in the phrase bad cess to you; (c) impudent speech; (d) having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination.

4. Jonah: (a) one believed to bring bad luck; (b) most common name given to American male babies in 2004; (c) one believed to bring wealth; (d) a and b.

5. baker's dozen: (a) eleven; (b) twelve; (c) thirteen; (d) fourteen.

6. catalepsy: (a) having an allergy to cats; (b) a condition characterized by brief attacks of nocturnal prowling for open sardine cans in garbage dumps; (c) characterized by a marked lack of movement, activity, or expression; (d) a trancelike state marked by loss of voluntary motion in which the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed.

7. snakebit: (a) having or experiencing failure or bad luck; (b) extremely lucky; (c) stupid; (d) unwilling to hear or listen; not to be persuaded.

8. fortuitous: (a) calculated; (b) fortunate; lucky; (c) coincidental; (d) concurrent.

9. fetish: (a) to go or come after and bring or take back; (b) a small ornament; (c) something of trifling appeal; (d) a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence.

10. dies faustus: (a) the luck of the draw; (b) lucky day; (c) a compact with the devil; (d) festival day.

So, how lucky are you? Here are the answers.

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