Let’s have fun — Some Southern Hemisphere Winter games, saved to share — Guest Post Rosalie Sugrue

These three were challenges written and published by Rosalie Sugrue of Aotearoa / New Zealand last June, that she gave me permission to save and share, for yourself or a small group. This kind of fun is what I do when I discover that all my free time has had 1) a page of someone else’s cozy mystery in front of me or 2) a screen large or small. Remember, we are the children of a playful God.

A Prayer for Play (this heresy is me)

Let me not be too old to fly a kite,
looking into the sky, trusting the wind.
Let me not be too grand,
or grounded in responsibility
to swing high from an oak tree branch,
or build a castle in the sand
that waves will wash away.

How little like a job is that?
How even less like housekeeping
is the flash of jacks,
the sharing of the red rubber ball
with a good, good friend,
or the intricate skip-litany hip hop
of urban-alley jump rope,

how sweet and yet a little like a sanctuary
is sidewalk chalk,
reading a story to a child,
even kicking a pile of raked leaves
though I’m beyond jumping-in age.

  WINTER DELIGHTS

HFLBOARDRAC
OFROSTUGSFO
TCISUMALWSS
DFPRYMXOACY
RFUSELTVSAC
IROSBSIEGRH
NISTTOISIVA
KETEPRODJET
SNOWFLAKESS
PDOCRAFTSER
SSBGNITTINK

FIND; arts, board-games, books, boots, card-games, cosy-chats, crafts, fireside, friends, frost, gloves, hats, hot-drinks, jigsaws, knitting, music, scarves, snowflakes, soup, stew, TV

Words may: cross each other, read horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or backwards. Ring each word or mark with a hi-lighter or crayon. Mark off list as found. After finding all ‘search words’ circle each unused letter. Write them out to complete the sentence below. X may mark a space or a full stop. Hyphenated words may not be on the same line but will be adjacent to each other.

Now, try your hand at MAKING a Word Search.

In winter I like wearing ______________________________.

WINTER FUN (make a word-search)

WINTERETAWT
A    B    O
R    O    H
M  M T     
C I  T     
LL   L     
O    E     
T          
H          
E          
S       FUN

 FIND: fun, hot-water-bottle, Milo, warm-clothes, winter

ADD:    (Make a list and see how many words you can fit in!)

Begin with pencil and rubber. Don’t go over with biro until you have

placed a few longer words then fit smaller words around them.

HIDDEN BOOKS

Underline 42 ‘Books of the Bible’ hidden in this paragraph

Biblical word games evoke lukewarm responses in some folk but they make a most enjoyable pastime for religious pro verb sorts. Finding hidden books is a joy not a job. At least it usually beats learning facts. Perseverance brings revelation. Yes, there are easy ones but in all truth you may judge some as maddening. Do not dissolve into loud lamentations. Keep working silently. You could get in a jam especially if you only look at whole words. Gene, Sis and Matt hewed each word into pieces. Jud encouraged Johnny to join gaps. For Jon, a help was avoiding all punctuation. Nanna hummed a tune. Hemi, a handyman, ignored capitals. A chap from church, Ron Icles, says he brews a cuppa to help concentrate. His wife, Danielle, says she drinks to keep salm, she means calm. Jo Shua (who invented anti moth yarn), and Levi Ticus (who sealed the deal) worked together. However, a Corinthian soldier named Abishag gained more. Mala Ching called to his ex, “O dusky maiden please help.” But she only sang a song of Solomon’s. From answers found Jo elected to compile a list. Her numbers totalled 36. Then a gal at Ian’s found one more. ‘I got zero man,’ sighed Samuel. Lez ranked better but bibliophile Monica got all 42. See how you compete. Really it is fun. Mark my words!          Ó RMS              (226  wds)

Books to find – listed here in Biblical order (Cross off as found)

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Nahum, Haggai, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, Peter, Jude, Revelation

[PUT ON ANOTHER PAGE]

Hidden Books in paragraph order: luke, amos, proverbs, job, titus, acts, revelation, esther, ruth, judges, lamentations, kings, james, genesis, matthew, jude, john, jonah, nahum, nehemiah, chronicles, hebrews, daniel, psalms, joshua, timothy, leviticus, hosea, corinthians, haggai, malachi, exodus, song of solomon, joel, numbers, galatians, romans, samuel, ezra, philemon, peter, mark.

Hidden Books revealed

Biblical word games evoke lukewarm responses in some folk but they make a most enjoyable pastime for religious pro verb sorts. Finding hidden books is a joy not a job. At least it usually beats learning facts. Perseverance brings revelation. Yes, there are easy ones but in all truth you may judge some as maddening. Do not dissolve into loud lamentations. Keep working silently. You could get in a jam especially if you only look at whole words. Gene, Sis and Matt hewed each word into pieces. Jud encouraged Johnny to join gaps. For Jon, a help was avoiding all punctuation. Nanna hummed a tune. Hemi, a handyman, ignored capitals. A chap from church, Ron Icles, says he brews a cuppa to help concentrate. His wife, Danielle, says she drinks to keep salm, she means calm. Jo Shua who invented anti moth yarn), and Levi Ticus who sealed the deal) worked together. However, a Corinthian soldier named Abishag gained more. Mala Ching called to his ex, “O dusky maiden please help.” She only sang a song of Solomon’s. From answers found, Jo elected to compile a list. Her numbers totalled 37. Then a gal at Ian’s found one more. ‘I got zero man,’ sighed Samuel. Lez ranked better but bibliophile Monica got all 42. See how you compete. Really it is fun. Mark my words!

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5 Responses to Let’s have fun — Some Southern Hemisphere Winter games, saved to share — Guest Post Rosalie Sugrue

  1. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    The underlined answers have not underlined! Not to worry you can find the answers by looking for the letters in ‘Hidden Books in paragraph order’ and do your own underlining to spell the name of each book (disregard spaces and punctuation).

  2. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Surely not! But great that you have managed to do this manually – it isn’t easy. Robotic devises don’t like breaking the set rules. Verily a victory for individualism!

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