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The word cryometer is to cold as what word is to hot?

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Answer: pyrometer

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. ]
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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

And here I was, thinking that maybe I'd gotten one of these correct for once. Pyrometer, shmyrometer
jpopelka at

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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