Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answer. If you are stuck, you can click on "Hint" to get a free letter. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number.
Across: 2. The men and women runners from the island of ___ did very well at the Beijing Olympics. 5. The grandfather clock ___s loudly every quarter hour. (It drives everyone nuts.) 8. Just north of Costa Rica, ___ is a country in Central America. 9. The 7.9 earthquake in Sichuan, China in 2008 was a ___ event, killing 70,000 people. 12. Because gas is almost $4 a gallon, many people are ___ing at home--it's called a "staycation." (Yes, English can be fun!) 14. He took a ___ out of her sandwich and handed it back to her. "Why don't you buy your own?" she asked.
15. She likes all the hustle and ___ of shopping during the Christmas season.
Down: 1. Complete ___ of your hard drive is the best way to prevent someone from copying the information on it. (Get your hammer!) 3. The ___ River empties into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans. (Is New Orleans still there?) 4. After backing into the dumpster, he checked his bumper but didn't see any ___ to it. 6. About 2 million people evacuated Louisiana before ___ Gustav arrived in 2008. (They could have stayed home.) 7. Global warming is quickly ___ing the habitat of polar bears in the Arctic. (How will they survive?) 10. The Loch Ness ___ in Scotland has been a legend for almost 75 years. (Stay out of the water!) 11. Doctors say you can stay in shape with ___ effort--simply by walking half an hour a day. 13. If my polite request doesn't stop you from bothering me, I shall have to ___ to physical violence.
14. The ___ from trees is valuable; it's used in cork, spices, and medicines. (So stop cutting your initials into it.) CLOSE