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A substance/drug used primarily to alleviate headaches
Coined as a trademark in 1899 but now a generic term
A state of wild uproar or confusion
A corruption of the name of notorious mental instutition Bethlehem Asylum
A hot beverage often topped with whipped cream
Named for its color's resemblance to to the habits worn by Capuchin monks
The acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time
Coined by George Orwell in '1984'
A transuranic element. Symbol: Es; atomic number: 99
Named in 1952 after the 20th Century's preeminent physicist
To kill, wound, or assault an unpopular officer with a grenade
Vietnam War-era shortening of the word for a type of grenade
Whole-heartedly enthusiastic and loyal
Comes (by way of the US Marines) from the Chinese 'gōng hé', literally “work together”
A large herbivorous animal found along the shores of rivers and lakes in Africa
From the Greek for 'river horse'
An acute contagious viral infection characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever
From the latin word 'influence,' due to the belief that epidemics were caused by the influence of the stars
A playful imitation of language consisting of invented, meaningless words
Coined by Lewis Carroll in 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'
A popular condiment consisting of pureed tomatoes and spices
From the Malaysian word 'kechap' meaning fish sauce
A woman who has romantic feelings for another woman
Meaning 'from Lesbos,' the Greek island where the famous woman-loving poet Sappho lived
A corruption of the name of Mary Magdalene, who was always depicted weeping
A high-strength, resilient synthetic polymer often used to make stockings
Coined as a generic by du Pont as distinct from known words and having no prior meaning
Alright, fine, proceeding normally
A comical initialism of the words 'All Correct,' with the joke being that since the words were spelled wrong things weren't all correct
A freelance photographer who takes candid photos of celebrities
From the last name of a character in Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita'
A person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy
From the colloborationist leader of Norway in World War II
An American nocturnal carnivore with a masklike black stripe across the eyes and a bushy tail
From the Algonquin 'arahkun' meaning 'he digs with his hands'
A badly confused/ridiculously muddled situation
WWII-era acronym for 'Situation Normal: All (expletive) Up'
To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach.
Comes from a mythological character who was cursed to always have food and drink just out of reach
To fail to interest or impress
Began as a facetious play on its now-antonym before becoming standard
A large open porch which extends from a house
Through Hindi, either from Persian 'bar amadah' or Spanish 'baranda'
Any climbing shrub of the legume family, having showy, pendent clusters of flowers
Named after the American botanist Caspar Wistar but with an apparent misprint of one of the vowels
A form of electromagnetic radiation capable of penetrating solids
From the German X-Strahl, with the 'X' symbolizing their unknown nature
A thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving
From the Lithuanian word 'Zarna' meaning guts/entrails
Ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish
From an Italian stock character in old comedies who aped the principal actors
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