Trifecta Writing Challenge: The Cruciverbalist


the cruciverbalist

knew it was going to be a bitch, even before starting.  no numbers.  but had to do it, do it every week.  always had numbers.  usual black and white boxes, no numbers in the white ones this time. don’t like new.  these things are hard enough… damn constructors!


I’ve seen the Trifecta Challenge, and always wanted to try it… the first time on THE MUSE UNLEASHED… my pal Carrie Rogozinski’s blog.  She has been on a book reviewing jag lately,  but is a talented writer who has never met a prompt she could pass up… usually incorporating 3 or 4 in the same story.  I’ll stick to one, thank you very much.  Here it is:

The word prompt for this week’s Trifecta Challenge is:BITCH (noun)

1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals

2 a : a lewd or immoral woman
b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant

If you want to enter the Trifecta Challenge… please remember:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join.

23 responses

  1. you can get a ton of emotion across with deconstructed sentences.once again, you are getting better with every writing


  2. ooooooh – had a feeling I knew what cruciverbalist meant, but looked it up to be sure. Now I know a new way to describe myself. 🙂 Nicely done.

    1. Thanks, fellow puzzler…

  3. A vocabulary lesson and a cool story all in one haha. I liked the halting, obsessive voice you gave your narrator. Good one, Ted

  4. Ha! Just you wait until tomorrow. I have some of my own stuff coming 🙂

    I really like this Ted. Hope to see you join in more often with Trifecta…i hope I can join in more actually 😉

    1. Thanks, and thanks for getting me hooked!

  5. Are you Will Shortz? Then again, Are you off your meds? hehe Fun piece.

  6. Learnt a new word today :-)Liked the idea & having done quite a bit of crosswords at one point of time(when my brains were not this fried,ha!ha!)could empathize with the narrator’s angst:-)

    1. Now you know what to call yourself… Thanks.

  7. Hehe! Hard enough, indeed. I usually end up having to look something up. Very well done. I haven’t seen this challenge. What fun. I think you met it well.

    1. Me too… Thanks Debra.

  8. I like crossword puzzles but the ones without numbers always freak me out too!

  9. Very cool! Welcome to the challenge!! Thanks so much for joining up this week. Hope to see you back on Friday for the weekend prompt.

    1. Thanks for the welcome… I’ve wanted to join for awhile now.

  10. I know why I didn’t recognize the word! I *hate* crosswords!!! I just don’t have the patience for them. Great entry though, it’s nice to learn something new.

  11. I know why I didn’t recognize the word! I *hate* crosswords!!! I just don’t have the patience for them. Great entry though, it’s nice to learn something new.

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