The word cryometer is to cold as what word is to hot?
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Cryometers measure very low temperatures; whereas pyrometers measure very high temperatures. The former derives from the Greek kryos, frost; the latter from the Greek pur, fire.
While 'thermometer may have been the first word that came to everyone's mind, it is not the best answer or even a right answer since what is called for is not something that measures temperatures but (to be parallel to 'cryometer,' that measures very high temperatures. I went with 'thermometer' but I recognized its inadequacy when prompted.
[Mootguy: Thanks for nailing down the distinction.
galesmail at gmail.com
Thermometer works, too. Root is therm--heat--and -meter.
[Mootguy: What can I say. You're right. This is a weak question. Normally, I test them out at a MooT game before I send them out. I didn't get around to it this time — look what happened.]
coyote at alum.mit.edu
And here I was, thinking that maybe I'd gotten one of these correct for once. Pyrometer, shmyrometer
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Nice to get a slow ball over the plate for once. But don't ease up on the toughies, they're more interesting!
[Mootguy: It was a change-up.]
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A friend who loves crossword puzzles, as do I, signed me up when she signed up herself. I must admit to eating humble pie when reading the first message not having gotten one correct answer, but I love a challenge so this is right up my alley. Also, I am very impressed with your online dictionary
[Mootguy: [at http://www.odlt.org]]
and expect it to be a great addition to my reference sites.
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[Mootguy: Is this better?]
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