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- Affect or Effect
New studies suggest that our daily ups and downs _____ us less than things out of our control, like genes and age.
- Appraise or Apprise
This fall's new food guides _____ the best of the best in international cuisine, celebrating superior chefs in six top culinary cities.
- Eminent or Imminent
If so _____ an establishment as a three-star Michelin restaurant can serve toxic shellfish, what hope is there for anyone else?
- Flaunt or Flout
Our first priority is to identify employers who knowingly _____ public-health laws, often on a large scale.
- Grisly or Grizzly
Mexico's famous Day of the Dead festival, with its _____ yet comic cavortings of the dead, recalls the skull motifs and sacrifices of the lost world of Moctezuma.
- Homed or Honed
Last year scientists re-engineered E coli bacteria so that instead of swimming toward food they _____ in on substances released by dangerous pathogens.
- Miner or Minor
The Arctic survey expedition was delayed as a result of a _____ problem with survival equipment.
- Prescribed or Proscribed
British officials made contact with Hezbollah in Lebanon, which remains on the government's list of _____ terror groups.
- Regretful or Regrettable
The film is beautiful, luscious, and elegiac, but it has the _____ drawback of being staggeringly tedious.
- Troop or Troupe
In the end, the plucky singing Scot lost out to a dance _____.
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