Hodmandod: Mating Ritual, Instrument, or Snail?

Been doing lots of reading. Getting a little annoyed with some somewhat sub-standard editing that caused me to give a book that I otherwise enjoyed  3/5 instead of 4/5. The second book in the series, which I finished today, was about to get the same treatment, but it achieved 4/5 despite these shortcomings because I don’t remember the last time I’ve gotten quite so emotionally involved, upset and angry – mainly angry – over a story.  Tricking, lying, abuse, and pure evil are bad. Not that I was ever unsure of that. But … wow. Had me feeling sick, hot and nearly shaking …

A new round of Balderdash below – have fun navigating my nonsense.  Remember, no googling until you’ve had a guess which option is correct.

And now, let’s play Balderdash …

Category:  Words


a) The name given to the mating ritual of the North African Red Scorpion involving a scuttling dance from the males that expresses sexual availability, females stalking the males as prey, and, once caught and the mating ritual is complete, concludes with the female slowly devouring the male, thus providing her main source of food until she gives birth to her live young.

b) A seven-stringed instrument similar to the sitar

c) A snail that has retreated into its shell