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2. The river runs west and then makes an ___ turn south to empty into the lake.
4. Credit got very ___ in the second half of 2008 because of the economic crisis. (You want a house? Let's see your 50% down payment.)
6. Cassius Clay threw a ___ that caused Sonny Liston to quit the boxing match.
8. If you use economy gas but your car manual says to use premium, you might hear a ___ing sound from your engine. (Follow the manual.)
9. A ___lum in the neighbor___ is always a bully and often a criminal. (Maybe he'll change when he finds true love.)
10. Many surgeries occur in an in___ clinic instead of a hospital.
12. His wife left him for another man; it will take a long time for his heart to ___, as he loved her dearly.
14. A loud ___ came from the upstairs apartment, then a thud, and then running footsteps. A neighbor called the police.
15. ___ is in the category of violent crimes, along with murder, robbery, and assault. More than 100,000 ___s occur annually in the US.
17. The man had a ___. After stealing the wheelchair, he returned it the next day with a note of apology.
18. The world was ___ned by the events of 9/11. Nations all over the world expressed their sympathy.
19. The teacher had a ___ back and ___ feet after his first day in class.
20. The pedestrian in the crosswalk flew into the air and landed on the ___ with a sickening thud; the driver kept going.
22. The TV news ___ closes his eyes while he talks, tells unfunny jokes, and has a goofy smile. (Can't they find a better ___?)
23. Halloween is a time of trick or ___. (And the kids prefer sweets for a ___, not fruit.)
24. A square is a 4-sided ___ with equal-length sides and equal angles.


1. Some Mexican citizens fear that family members might be ___ped by criminals who demand a ransom.
3. If you go to a comedy club, you'll hear a lot of ___. (Unless the comedians are terrible.)
5. He is someone you can always depend on in the ___; he'll get you through any emergency.
7. The ___ of the rabbit and turtle story is that perseverance pays off. (The slow but steady turtle beat the overconfident rabbit in a race.)
11. She suffered ___s on her hands and knees when she tripped and fell on the sidewalk.
13. The ___ driver turned on his siren as he approached the intersection on his way to the accident.
14. Using his binoculars, he ___ted the eagle's nest high in the tree.
16. The SAT, ACT, and TOEFL are popular college ___ exams. (The higher your score, the better your chances of admission.)
21. The hoodlums who ___bed the 7-11 shot the clerk in the head twice and escaped with $30 from the register.