portmanteau take two

Jeopardy!_logo“Portmanteau Words” made a reappearance as a category on Jeopardy last week, and I was ready (see previous post on this topic). Here were the questions:

•    What is cellophane? (cellulose + diaphane)
•    What is breathalyzer? (breath + analyzer)
•    What is telethon? (telephone + marathon)
•    What is gerrymandering? (Gerry + salamander)
•    What are the Muppets? (marionette + puppet)

Most of these are self-explanatory, but gerrymandering needs a little further explanation.

Not to brag, but I ran the category. Too bad I wasn’t playing for real money.


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