US Presidents Breakdown Puzzle #1

Solve the short clues on the right and left. Then combine the letters and unscramble to form a US presidential surname.
Example: Clue 1: Constricting snake....BOA; Clue 2: Pa's wife....MA; BOA + MA = OBAMA
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: December 9, 2019
First submittedMarch 30, 2015
Times taken8,253
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Clue 1
Answer
 
President
 
Answer
Clue 2
Refute
DENY
=>
KENNEDY
<=
KEN
Author Kesey
Plural of is
ARE
=>
REAGAN
<=
NAG
Pester, harass
Nov + two months
JAN
=>
JACKSON
<=
SOCK
Footwear
What a hen does to an egg
LAY
=>
TAYLOR
<=
ROT
Decompose
Lion's sound
ROAR
=>
HARRISON
<=
SHIN
Tibia
Gollum's "precious"
RING
=>
HARDING
<=
HAD
Used to own
Happy, satisfied
GLAD
=>
GARFIELD
<=
FIRE
"Ready, aim, ___!"
Actor's part
ROLE
=>
FILLMORE
<=
FILM
Movie
Opening tennis shot
SERVE
=>
ROOSEVELT
<=
LOOT
To pillage
Zilch, naught
NOTHING
=>
WASHINGTON
<=
SAW
Lumberjack's tool
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Level 78
Mar 31, 2015
Good quiz, but I could have used more time.
+1
Level 63
Jun 19, 2015
Awesome quiz! I didn't realize the 5th Clue #2 said 'used to own' (as in previously owned), I thought it said 'used to own' (as in made for the purpose own)! No wonder 'possessive noun' didn'd work! :)
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Level 72
Dec 11, 2015
Finally got 100% on a breakdown puzzle.
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Level 82
Dec 11, 2015
I am surprised I got 100% first try. I guess doing the "list all the presidents" quiz about 20 times last week helped. Tibia and happy/satisfied were the hardest clues for me. Got the president first, took away the lion sound and worked out the answer for tibia that way.
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Level 85
Dec 15, 2015
There's really too much time. I couldn't come up with half the short clues, so just started typing in common presidents' last names until they filled themselves in and worked backwards from there to get all the short clues with the remaining letters.
+2
Level ∞
Dec 15, 2015
I like that there are multiple ways to attack this puzzle.
+1
Level 67
Jun 1, 2016
ya it's kinda cool when you can take a pass at it one way, and then take another pass with a different strategy. makes it fun
+1
Level 50
May 31, 2016
This was my strategy. The only box I left empty was Taylor. Had I 10 more seconds I would have gotten it.
+1
Level 61
Aug 24, 2020
Same. This is probably why I found this much easier than the other breakdown puzzles.
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Level 74
Jan 19, 2016
This is the first breakdown puzzle I aced on my first try, I'm so happy right now!
+1
Level 54
May 31, 2016
I usually rock president quizzes, but NOT SO MUCH on this one. I'm not sure why it was so challenging for me. I guess my brain does not work like this-- I liked it, though!
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Level 78
May 31, 2016
I just took another quiz this morning which had Roosevelt as an answer, and I had it in my head I had already typed that one, so I missed it on this one. Sigh.
+1
Level 66
May 31, 2016
Nice quiz. Harder than I expected.
+1
Level 65
Jun 10, 2016
Next year's update: to lay -> <- pirate's alcohol
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Level 81
Dec 15, 2018
I found this so much easier than the country breakdown puzzles. Probably because there are so many fewer presidents.
+1
Level 51
Jan 28, 2020
great quizz, didn't do so well though