General English

Cloze Test Passage - XXV

Fill up the blanks in the passage given below with the most appropriate word from the options given for each blank

The most attractive and unique feature of crossword puzzle is that it is a game one can play alone! There are several kinds of crossword puzzles. One kind is the prize competition in which the (1)....who finds the correct answers gets a big prize (2)....the answers are very hard to find, since several (3)....appear equally appropriate : bad, mad or sad for (4)....in the clue sentence, people are seldom popular. Such (5)....attract people who are fond of gambling because by (6)....a small entry fee, they can win big prizes. The (7)....type of crossword puzzle is one in which (8)....is only one possible answer to every clue. But (9)....answer is elusive and calls for some detective work (10)....our part. The clue gives only hints about the word A (11)....like ‘Mate changes to flesh for food’ (12)....elude you till you realise that any changing the (13)....of ‘mate’ you get ‘meat’. Your comprehension and your (14)....knowledge are put to the test. The effort to (15)....such crossword is an intellectual exercise.

1. (a) person (b) actor (c) persons
2. (a) though (b) although (c) but
3. (a) letters (b) words (c) alphabets
4. (a) assumption (b) illustration (c) example
5. (a) competitions (b) puzzles (c) races
6. (a) paying (b) buying (c) giving
7. (a) another (b) second (c) two
8. (a) this (b) their (c) there
9. (a) am (b) this (c) any
10. (a) on (b) in (c) upon
11. (a) puzzle (b) word (c) clue
12. (a) will (b) did (c) shall
13. (a) lettering (b) words (c) spelling
14. (a) general (b) overall (c) common sense
15. (a) solve (b) dissolve (c) think of

Answers :
(1) (a), (2) (c), (3) (b), (4) (c), (5) (b),
(6) (a), (7) (b), (8) (c), (9) (b), (10) (a), (11) (a),
12) (c), (13) (c), (14) (a), (15) (a),