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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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First submittedMarch 30, 2015
Last updatedDecember 11, 2015
Times taken7,646
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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 76
Mar 31, 2015
Good quiz, but I could have used more time.
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level 59
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 73
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 83
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.
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level ∞
Dec 15, 2015
I like that there are multiple ways to attack this puzzle.
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level 66
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
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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.
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level 73
Jan 19, 2016
This is the first breakdown puzzle I aced on my first try, I'm so happy right now!
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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 76
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.
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level 64
May 31, 2016
Nice quiz. Harder than I expected.
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level 65
Jun 10, 2016
Next year's update: to lay -> <- pirate's alcohol
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level 31
Mar 10, 2018
What the hell is a plural of is
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level 71
Oct 8, 2018
I'm glad somebody else said it! This is just totally wrong; "is" isn't a noun, so it doesn't have a plural. I'm not sure what might be a good clue to fix it though (maybe something like, "Form of 'is' for a plural subject" is more accurate, but kinda terrible as clues go). I see that almost 70% of people guessed the answer anyway (I didn't! I kept trying "isses" and "ises"), but I can't get behind such a blatantly incorrect clue. Sorry, but it looks like one of the April Fool's clues!
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level 71
Nov 22, 2018
It's not elegantly worded, but I wouldn't say it's wrong. Verbs do have plural forms; "is" is the third person singular (present tense) of the verb "to be", and "are" is the third person plural.
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level 61
Sep 9, 2019
I get samanco's point, it looked a little weird to me aswell (cause the subject, third person etc, becomes plural, and the verb gets conjugated accordingly), (and not being a native english speaker, I wasn;t sure if there was such a thing as "plural verb" so I looked it up, before making a comment. And it seems it is actually the proper term for it, atleast there are plenty of websites calling it that.

I said "seems" though, because just because you can find things on the internet, does not automatically make them correct, errors get repeated (and often spread atleast as fast than correct way of things, since the wrong way is often much more logical).

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level 61
Sep 9, 2019
@Officerdibble to be correct (and slightly pedantic, but hey we are discussing grammar here, in any other case I would be like, meh I get his point, who cares if it is correct or not):

The third person plural is they, and the third person singular is he/she. Not is and are, they are the conjugations of the verb.

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level 79
Dec 15, 2018
I found this so much easier than the country breakdown puzzles. Probably because there are so many fewer presidents.