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Through the back end of the volcano is the cool air of the valley behind the mountain. Several robots, who will emerge and do a little dance if you click on the door to their hut, have made their home in this valley. As you look around, take notice of three things in particular: the giant ant hill, the corn field, and the apple tree. These correspond to the anthill antonym puzzle, the hominy homynym puzzle, and the apple synonym puzzle (a play on "apple cinnamon") respectively. These can be played in any order, but all three must be completed before you can move on to the next section.

Antonym Anthill[edit]

For this puzzle, the object is to replace each of the colored words below with a word that an ant above is carrying. In the novice and standard difficulties, if you have a sentence correct, the words will change color to let you know. On Expert difficulty, you won't know if you have them all until they are all correct.


The sentences for Novice difficulty should be as follows:

  • A house [divided] against itself cannot stand. --Abraham Lincoln
  • Politics make [strange] bedfellows. -- Charles Dudley Warner
  • The buck [stops] here. -- Harry S. Truman
  • Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a [bad] reputation. --Henry Kissinger
  • Our Federal Union: it must be [preserved]. -- Andrew Jackson
  • As President, I [have] no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • It is not [best] to swap horses while crossing the river. --Abraham Lincoln
  • People who like this sort of think will [find] this the sort of thing they like. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Let us have [peace]. -- Ulysses S. Grant
  • If I were [two-faced], would I be wearing this one? -- Abraham Lincoln
  • I propose to [fight] it out on this line, if it takes all summer -- Ulysses S. Grant
  • He serves his party best who [serves] the country best. -- Rutherford B. Hayes
  • I would rather be [right] than president. -- Henry Clay
  • (Our country is) in the [full] tide of successful experiment. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • The ballot is [stronger] than the bullet. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Politics, like religion, hold up torches of martyrdom to the [reformers] of error. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • In America, anyone can become president. That's one of the [risks] you take. -- Adlai Stevenson
  • Fellow-citizens: God reigns and the Government at Washington [lives]! -- James A. Garfield
  • All [free] governments are party governments. -- James A. Garfield
  • The business of America is [business]. -- Calvin Coolidge
  • The world must be made [safe] for democracy. -- Woodrow Wilson
  • Put none but Americans on [guard] to-night. -- George Washington
  • Politics is the [science] of how who gets what, when and why. -- Sydney Hillman
  • Think of your forefathers! Think of your [posterity]! -- John Q. Adams


The sentences for Standard difficulty should be as follows:

  • At Washington, where an [insignificant] individual may [trespass] on a nation's time. -- R.W. Emerson
  • Every [reform] movement has a [lunatic] fringe. -- Theodore Roosevelt
  • You are [uneasy]; you never sailed with me [before], I see. -- Andrew Jackson
  • In politics, what [begins] in fear usually ends in [folly]. -- S.T. Coleridge
  • They are [playing] politics at the expense of human [misery]. -- Herbert Hoover
  • He can [compress] the most words into the [smallest] idea of any man I ever met. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • This office-seeking is a [disease]. It is even [catching]. -- Grover Cleveland
  • There is such a thing as a man being too [proud] to [fight]. -- Woodrow Wilson
  • If you can't [stand] the [heat], get out of the kitchen. -- Harry S. Truman
  • It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very [few] [virtues]. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Indeed I tremble for my country when I [reflect] that God is [just]. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • A little [rebellion] now and then is a [good] thing. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-[clad], ill-[nourished]. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Our differences are policies, our [agreements] [principles]. -- William McKinley
  • I [pledge] you - I pedge myself - to a [new] deal for the American people. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Peace, commerce, and [honest] friendship with all nations - entangling [alliances] with none. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • A [radical] is a man with both feet [firmly] planted in the air. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • The fathers who [gave] us this government were not [graduated] from soap-boxes. -- Joseph S. Scott
  • The American [system] is one of [rugged] individualism. -- Herbert Hoover
  • We have stood [apart], studiously [neutral]. -- Woodrow Wilson
  • An [honest] politician is one who, when he is [bought], will stay bought. -- Simon Cameron


The sentences for Expert difficulty should be as follows:

  • I claim not to have [controlled] events, but [confess] [plainly] that eents have controlled me. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • open covenants of peace [openly] [arrived] at -- Woodrow Wilson
  • I should like to be known as a [former] president who [tries] to [mind] his own business. -- Calvin Coolidge
  • [older] men declare [war]. But it is [youth] that must fight and die. -- Herbert Hoover
  • The Lord [prefers] [common]-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • University politics are [vicious] [precisely] because the stakes are so [small]. -- Henry Kissinger
  • Let me [assert] my [firm] belief that the only thing we have to fear is [fear] itself. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • What is conservatism? Is it not [adherence] to the [old] and [tried], against the new and untried? -- Abraham Lincoln
  • [forgive] your [enemies], but never [forget] their names. -- John F. Kennedy
  • There [never] was a [good] war, or a bad [peace]. -- Benjamin Franklin
  • Politics is perhaps the only [profession] for which no [preparation] is thought [necessary]. -- R.L. Stevenson
  • [labour] to keep alive in your breast that little [spark] of [celestial] fire, called conscience. -- George Washington
  • The essence of a [free] government consists in an [effectual] control of [rivalries]. -- John Adams
  • My [paramount] object in this [struggle] is to [save] the Union. -- Abraham Lincoln
  • Father, I cannot [tell] a [lie], I did it with my little hatchet. -- George Washington
  • The only thing that [saves] us from the [bureaucracy] is its [inefficiency]. -- Eugene McCarthy
  • Anybody can make history. Only a [great] man can write it. -- Oscar Wilde
  • Whenever a man has cast a [longing] eye on offices, a [rottenness] [begins] in his conduct. -- Thomas Jefferson
  • A lie is an [abomination] unto the Lord and a very [present] help in time of [trouble]. -- Adlai Stevenson
  • At twenty years of age, the [will] reigns; at thirty, the [wit]; and at forty, the [judgment]. -- Benjamin Franklin

Hominy Homonym Puzzle[edit]

The object of this puzzle is to replace the corn husks on the bottom with a word from the top. Like in the Antonym Anthill puzzle, on novice and standard difficulties, if you have a sentence correct, the words will change color to let you know. On Expert difficulty, you won't know if you have them all until they are all correct.

In alphabetical order, the possible phrases are:


  • After she pried open the chest, she found a real prize. As he pries the reel from his pole, he remembers the pride of catching the winning fish.
  • Aunt Edna exclaimed, "Are you all ready to go?" The ant from our ant farm was already too big to fit into the tunnel.
  • Carol wrapped the presents for the birthday party with comic papers. When the judge regained his presence of mind, he rapped the gavel for silence.
  • Dirk is always jumping into frays and getting his nose punched. Whenever he uses that phrase, he knows he will get a reaction.
  • Elsie thought her mother had no right to meddle in her affairs. I know what he would like to write on the medal.
  • He tried to peer through the lens of the camera at the mountain scene. When he threw the fish on the pier, it landed too far away to be seen.
  • Her face flushed red as she was wholly embarrassed. He read the holy book in his study of religion.
  • I couldn't possibly shoot for strict adherence to the canons of your church. The balls for the cannons slid down the chute and into the pile.
  • I fed a carrot to the horse. When she lost her one carat diamond, she cried herself hoarse.
  • Jane bought a flea and tick collar for her cat. Their first instinct was to flee from the old woman who was showing her choler by an enormous scowl.
  • Mary was formally attired for the elegant ball. Formerly, Jeff owned four dogs, but one died.
  • Mrs. Crantz told her husband, "That man at the party was an obnoxious bore." As the wild boar ran into the trap, the loud click tolled his death.
  • Off the shore of the island, the blue-green sea washed upon the beach. He blew his bugle so hard, he could not see for a minute.
  • On the painter's canvas was a scene depicting two seals in the sea. The presidential candidate was seen to canvass the neighborhood for votes.
  • Paul gave him a rap on the head because he would not remain stationary. Carol used stationery to wrap the small present.
  • Roger angers the hunters when he frees deer from traps. Dan said, "Wrap up or you will freeze, dear."
  • Sam, with a groan, held his stomach and tried not to retch. What a wretch that child has grown to be.
  • Scientists carefully monitor the faults to be ready for an earthquake. Teri tried to use a false flower to lure the bee.
  • She used a knife to mince the parsley and accidentally cut her finger. Debbie shared the two mints with her brother.
  • The bee buzzed the fragrant flower before he landed upon it. That glob of dough sitting in the flour is supposed to be bread.
  • The bird flew straight to her nest full of eggs. The chimney sweep couldn't fit in the strait flue.
  • They packed the theater so they would make more profit. The prophet made a pact with the crowd to return next year.
  • You can't hit the right side of a barn. Everyone sighed when I tried to write about a wooly ewe.


  • As I walked down the aisle to the altar, I detected the scent of burning candles. It sent him into a tirade to realize someone would alter his course to the isle.
  • Because of the intense curiosity of the crowd, she hid her guilt under a veil. As he wandered the vale with his gilt-edged sword, his intents were honorable.
  • From the ore they had to extract the quartz and the precious metal. Though he had swallowed quarts of water, he showed his mettle by tenaciously clinging to the wooden oar.
  • Her voice was hoarse and her head ached with pain, so she thought she might die. The horse stood near the pane of his door that was stained by a brown dye.
  • I heard the grocer recommend berries to the lady for her pie. Even grosser than that, he buries dead cattle from that diseased herd, too.
  • It's fun to wade in the creek and get your feet wet. It was a great feat getting the elephant weighed; it caused the big scales to creak.
  • Jeremy's mother sent him to the store for a dozen eggs and a quart of milk. Two out of four people in the park hadn't a cent to their name.
  • John's son tied a rope around his waist so he would not fall. Let's waste some time watching the wood float on the tide in the rays of the sun.
  • Patrick heard the faint patter of feet on the roof. The wolf's great feat of separating the calf from the herd was accomplished by a feint and a lunge.
  • She held the rose to her nose and sniffed the sweet scent. He sent his note to her down the rows of people, but who knows if she got it?
  • She wore a ring of gold and pearls. She knits and purls so she won't wring her hands while thinking of her son who is off to war.
  • The bald man didn't seem to mind his lack of hair. The child bawled as his mom stitched the seam of his damaged toy hare.
  • The boys use their magnifying glass to burn ants on the sidewalk. The yews were bobbing off shore as my aunts trimmed the buoys there on the land.
  • When we went to the mall in the morning, we beat the crowds. He was mourning when he saw the dog maul his poor beet garden.


  • As the ark departed from the beach in the rain, it carried pairs of animals. The careless boy pares bark from the limbs of the beech which form a majestic arc which seems to reign in the sky.
  • I didn't hear the horse neigh. Nay, I am too hoarse and my eye hurts here.
  • John sniffed aloud and said, "There's a foul scent in the air tonight." His heir was sent a notice that he was allowed to keep the rare and expensive fowl.
  • Lacking the patience of her friend, she paced the floor while she waited for the rest of the council to arrive. The doctor's wise counsel was for the patients to paste their pictures and not wrest them from each other.
  • The hymn of praise seemed to soar through the air. Ere we approached him, we sympathetically noted his seamed countenance and his sore and aching body.
  • The sight of the grizzly approaching made him moan. After the maid had mown the lawn at that site, it was a grisly mess.
  • This week I had enough sense to eat some healthy foods, but not too much. The sum of the fragrant scents left me too weak to stand.


  • The carpenter said to his client, "I can build a hutch for your kitchen in two hours." We admired the ostrich, but the long-billed stork was a favorite of ours, too.
  • The coach taught his team the true meaning of good-sportsmanship. If you drop your net in these lakes that teem with fish, the lines will be taut.
  • The courier took a chance he wouldn't be late and lay down to rest, but he slept four hours. We heard the chants of the currier as he prepared the leather for the cowboy's chaps.
  • The dual engines pushed the boat with a leak through the water to the beach. The beech tree threw a shadow over the leek growing in the garden as the men fought their duel.
  • The fowl that we prepared for dinner was too well done and tasteless. The two dead fish in the bucket emitted a foul odor.
  • The front door of the old city council hall made a creak when it opened. The old codger will counsel against pollution of the creek.
  • The hare would have won the race, had he not underestimated the tortoise. The plank of wood had one knot with a little white tuft of animal hair.
  • The hungry bear ripped our cot to shreds with his lightening-fast clawed. As he got to the point, the bare clause caught his attention.
  • The loose pedal on his bike was the cause of the accident. Frank the Tinker will peddle his wares until the crow caws.
  • The miner chipped away at the rough rock with his pick. As she was void in both minor suits, she was able to ruff the club and win the card trick.
  • The minor cowered beneath a bush and tried to keep out of sight. The miner liked to cite the example of the gunfighter who turned out to be a coward.
  • The mouse gnawed a hole in the sack and the grain spilled out. With a nod of his head, Sam gave his whole sandwich to the hungry child.
  • The weeds would not grow in the barren soil of the plains. While the planes fly over, the baron cedes his farmland and his wood to his victor.
  • The sole of his shoe has a large hole. The soul music blared through the whole house as she went to shoo the cat from the table.
  • The sorceress created a philter to give her beau. His gift was a furnace filter with a bow on it.
  • The steel bell tolled the hour last evening. Our coach told him to steal second base.
  • The truck towed him to a garage where he had to wait at least four hours. The scale which was used for determining the weight of each toad was on the counter.
  • The winding lane led to the mountain peak. The child had lain so long staring up at the lead pipes that his mother had to peek in to see if he was OK.
  • The whir of the blender sounded as the blades wrecked havoc on the sprigs of thyme. After the onions were sliced, they reeked for a time and made us cry.
  • The work crews cleared the debris after the building was razed. Sheri raised enough money to afford her dream cruise.
  • The zoo keeper used a hose to wet the fur of the gnu that was standing on a grate. As he hoes the ground around the great fir, he feels new and invigorated.
  • There was a slight pause in the labor while they broke for lunch. It is difficult to perform a sleight of hand with those big paws.
  • They needed to haul the steel beams to the new building site. After she kneaded the bread, she left it in the hall in plain sight, never suspecting someone would steal it.
  • When I awoke from my nap in a daze, I did not know which way to go. After days of travel, we had no energy to climb the knap and had to wheigh which other path to take.
  • When the accident happened on our road, Karl was thrown through the window of the crashing car. Jack rode by and threw a rock at the giant's throne, then got scared and hid for an hour.
  • While we listened to the band, we heard the wail of the saxophone and the crash of the cymbals. On the cave wall we saw symbols depicting several animals including a herd of cattle and a whale.

Apple Synonym Puzzle[edit]

Like the other two puzzles here in the village, this is a game of replacing words. You are given two short poems, and you must replace the highlighted words with synonyms (same meaning) from the available words. You must replace 4, 6, or 8 words per round based on the difficulty, and you must complete 3 rounds to complete the puzzle. The last words of the poem must rhyme, so it is easy to deduce which words go together.