A Presidential Word Ladder

Can you complete the three-letter word ladders, in which each column is a separate ladder and in which color-coded boxes are the surnames of U.S. presidents?*

A curse

Follows 'Tyrannosaurus' or 'Oedipus'
A sports official, for short

3rd President
George W. Bush's younger brother
To poke or prod

A restaurant bill

The Greek letter τ

33rd President

To attempt

To weep

A low island made of sand or coral
39th President

A mongrel or mutt

A prompt or reminder

22nd & 24th President

A bitter beer

Lincoln's nickname: Honest ___
A tamed dog or cat, for example
Brand of candy (and unique dispensers)

'That 70's Show' foreign exchange student

Thick liquid used for roadmaking
12th President

The fifth month of the year

5th President

2,000 lbs.

Number of millimeters in a centimeter

Precedes 'maid' and follows 'poly'
Actor Gibson of 'Braveheart'

An animal doctor

Damp or moist

28th President

To emerge victorious

A transgression or crime

Prefix meaning 'not'

Conjunction often following 'neither'

Slang for 'bathroom,' or an old card game
32nd President


Author of 'The Raven'

14th President

A fib

A cover or top

To help or assist


Wingless insect proverbial for industriousness
21st President


To soak up liquid as an absorbent

To jump on one foot

31st President
Kanga's son in the Hundred Acre Wood
Weasley, Swanson, or Burgundy
'Footloose' protagonist
To make more active or energetic

To view

Energy measured as mass of coal

Record company of Kelly Clarkson and P!nk
40th President

Alt rock band fronted by Michael Stipe
The edge or border of a piece of cloth

A murmur or drone


To repair

Ticker symbol for volatility index

To irk

For each

Expected number of strokes for a golf hole
Benatar, Monahan, or Summitt
To consume or devour
Sandwich named for acronym for 3 main ingredients
Notwithstanding; nevertheless
The belly

A firearm

The least dense phase of matter
First-person singular past tense of 'be'

What melts in a candle

A tariff or duty

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  • *Presidents' names in colored boxes are divided into three-letter fragments that may span several columns and are read from left to right, with the clue for each president in the leftmost box.
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Last Updated: Jul 3, 2017

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