Test Your Creativity

When I was in graduate school my professor Morgan Worthy Ph.D. published a book on creativity.  If my memory doesn’t fail me, it was called Aha!  Tonight while readying for the carpet installers, I came across a page from it and thought I’d share:

Flexible thinking aids creativity:

No. 80

___1.Catch at                                        A. Saying grace

___2.Jet set                                           B. Roll call

___3.Seven come eleven                     C. Persian conversing with Siamese

___4.No tab sent                                   D. Quick hatch

___5.Name dropping in Monaco       E. Present

 

No. 81

___1.Out and out                                   A. Of flight

___2.Monologue                                    B. Bourbon Street

___3.Parallel bars                                  C. Solid state…………I can’t figure this one out

___4.Hashed                                           D. Double play

___5.Lenient sentence                          E. Fun house

 

No. 82

___1.Snow bank                                      A. Trust company

___2.Rear view                                       B. In an atomic nightmare

___3.For altogether                               C. She has a good voice

___4.Fall outfits                                     D. Book by Dr. Spock

___5. Put out the best silver                E. Get loan without collateral

 

No. 83

___1.Fighter plane                                A. Whistle

___2.Banker                                           B. Hopefully not horizontal

___3.Refuses                                          C. Fancy Pool shooter

___4.Electrical inspector                     D. Circuit judge

___5.Bullet                                              E. Article in magazine

 

When you have finished, make up your five:

___1.                                                           A.

___2.                                                          B.

___3.                                                          C.

___4.                                                          D.

___5.                                                          E.

 

Here’s more:  Aha!: A Puzzle Approach to Creative Thinking available in Hardcover, Paperback at Barnes and Noble

 

About Nan Mykel

I used to think I would be a child prodigy, but then I got old. Formerly I had fantasies of rubbing elbows with cultural and academic leaders but that did not come to pass because I did not become a cultural or academic leader or any other kind of leader, for that matter. I am not even an "Alpha Dog," a term learned from a friend who had to become "Alpha Dog" in order to influence her own pet. (When gazes lock, she never looks away.) For years I expected to become a published author, but in passing I could not avoid the fact that I had little to contribute to the world's bulging dumpsters. I'm embarrassed to report that I also considered my primary process artistic productions powerful, rather than mildly neurotic. Which is not to say that I disrespect myself, only that I am beginning to doubt my potential for making a mark on the world. If I focus on strict self discipline I may be able to keep my garbage removed on a weekly basis, to keep the kitty box changed, the clothes cleaned, the dog watered, fed and walked, but that just catches me up to the starting mark again. When writing I physically grapple with words, wrestling them from their indifference into attempted chunks of awareness. I sit heavily on my chair; I breathe in artificially cooled air; my ear drums note the tap tap of the keyboard and the steady uninterrupted sound of the air conditioner, What is that sound? The roar of the ocean from 30 yards away...Inside, my thoughts are are balls in an electronic game machine, bouncing hither and yon from lever to lever. I am a little grim and intent until I recall a dream related by a black man in the prison where I once worked. He said that when he was a small boy, back home, he dreamed he was standing on his front porch pissing, and that he suddenly found himself pissing stars...
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2 Responses to Test Your Creativity

  1. Sallie Carpentier says:

    Niiice!! I got number 80!! How fun!
    I’ll have to do the rest when I’m not a work!

    Like

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