Anagrams Quiz Illustration | Man with headache
I’ve had a HGLTIS headache since I woke this morning.

Anagrams 1

This is the first of our four Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning quizzes about Anagrams. ‘What are anagrams?’ I hear you ask. Well, an anagram is a word which has had its letters mixed-up. In this quiz it is up to you to unscramble the letters and find the correct word.

It’s not just about unscrambling the letters though. Sometimes you can make two or more words from a set of letters. If that happens then you must decide which word fits best in the given sentence.

If that’s still not clear don’t worry – we’ve given you an example question and answer at the start of the quiz which explains exactly what you need to do. Read that first and then try the quiz. Anagrams are not that difficult once you’ve had some practise and these quizzes will give you plenty of that! Good luck.

Example:

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

The girl sat on a ARCIH.

Answer: The girl sat on a CHAIR. ‘Chair’ is an anagram of ARCIH.

1.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

He poured custard onto his PLAPE pie.

APPEL
PEPLA
APPLE
PEPAL
APPEL is a word (it means hitting the ground with your leading foot to mislead an opponent) but it does not make sense in this context. Of course, the answer is APPLE
2.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

The balloon SHDIES as the air escaped from it.

DISHES
HISSED
HIDESS
SHIEDS
Only two of the given options are legitimate words: DISHES and HISSED. DISHES would make no sense in the sentence, so the answer is HISSED
3.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

She DIGLED gracefully over the ice.

DILGED
GILDED
LIDGED
GLIDED
Of the four options, two are not genuine words (LIDGED and DILGED). GILDED would not make sense in this sentence (it means covered with gold leaf) so the answer must be GLIDED
4.
The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

The road KENDAS as it made its way up the mountain.
KNEADS
SNAKED
NAKEDS
KADENS
Only two of the four options are real words: KNEADS and SNAKED. KNEADS would not work in this sentence so the answer must be SNAKED
5.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

There is a problem with LARFE cats in our neighbourhood.

FERAL
FLARE
FRALE
FARLE
Although it sounds the same as FRAIL, FRALE is not a word. FARLE is not a legitimate word either, so the answer must be either FLARE or FERAL. However, FLARE would not make sense in the context of the sentence, so the answer is FERAL (wild)
6.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

The KROCS bobbed up and down on the lake.

ROCKS
CROKS
SORCK
CORKS
SORCK and CROKS are not real words so the answer must be either ROCKS or CORKS. ROCKS do not float so the answer must be CORKS
7.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

The SRIBD sang in the trees.

BRIDS
BIRDS
DRIBS
SRIBD
Of the four options, only two are words: DRIBS and BIRDS. However, DRIBS does not make sense within this sentence so the answer must be BIRDS
8.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

The buses are kept overnight at the TPDOE.

DEPOT
OPTED
TOPED
PODET
Three of the options are legitimate words: TOPED (drunk), OPTED (chose) and DEPOT. TOPED and OPTED would not make sense in this sentence so the answer must be DEPOT (a place for storage)
9.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

I’ve had a HGLTIS headache since I woke this morning.

LIGHTS
GLISTH
SHILGT
SLIGHT
GLISTH and SHILGT will not be found in a dictionary. LIGHTS would be, but it does not make sense in this sentence. The answer is SLIGHT
10.

The sentence below has a word in which the letters are jumbled up. Rearrange the letters in capitals and write the correct version below it.

DEGES grows in damp habitats.

EDGES
GESED
SEDGE
DEEGS
GESED and DEEGS are not true words, so the answer must be either EDGES or SEDGE. EDGES would not work in this case, so the answer is SEDGE (a grass-like plant which grows in wet ground)
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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