Here’s another game.
Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but have different pronunciations and meanings, like “bow” (pronounced “BAU” and meaning to lower one’s head, or the front of a ship) and “bow” (pronounced “BOH” and meaning the weapon used to shoot arrow).
So, in this game you are given a clue for a pair of heteronyms, like “displays the gifts,” and you try to guess the heteronym answer (“presents presents”). Got it?
(As a help, I’ve put these in alphabetical order. Another hint: years ago my father noted that many English heteronyms are words formed with a Latin-based prefix, and that when used as a verb the accent is on the last syllable and when used as a noun or adjective the accent is on the penultimate or antepenultimate syllable—e.g. “presénts présents”.)
— Puts together threshing machines
— To shrink the legal agreement
— Finds the felons guilty
—Leave the arid region
—People who sketch bureaus
—The bird of peace went into the water
—Confines the physicians in training
—Someone out sick with a bogus excuse
—A short 60 seconds
—Improve the ideal
—A shoeshine in Krakow
—Get a song down on vinyl
—Will not take garbage
—A toilet outlet for a Singer operator
—A crying jag
—Coil up blowing air
—Coiled up an injury
If you are stuck, here are the answers: