Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant colour. In these rebus-style puzzles, color words and parts of words have been replaced with colored boxes. Try to guess the exact hue of each. Roll your mouse over the colored boxes to reveal the missing words. Click the colored boxes to learn more about each hue. Special thanks to Paul Dean for his colorful research.
The Top Ten Unpaintable Blues:
The far mountains of Bertraghboy Bay, Ireland.
"In the intense cold of late evening the further shores of Bertraghboy Boy seemed to catch and hold the last of the sunlight, the seawrack below high-water line glowing orange, the walled fields above burnished green, the far mountains an unpaintable blue
." (The Crying of the Wind
The New Mexico desert sky.
"I awoke in the desert of New Mexico to behold golden sand, golden grass, green-gold sage brush, golden wastes, vast, craggy, creviced, cliff-sided buttes rising turret-like, a wide domain bounded by purple mountains and unpaintable blue
sky." (Robert Jackson, Montreal Gazette
Twilight in the California desert.
"Strewn from the western desert's wild wings across the unpaintable blue
of the twilight sky stream rose-red pennants, tender yet resplendent—not the washed out hue of other sunset skies but the soul satisfying glory of color the desert sky alone can show." (The Desert and the Rose
The mountains of Moab.
The shore of ancient Kamiros, Rhodes.
The Azorean ocean.
"Then there is the intense blue of the Ocean. I have never seen such deep, completely unpaintable blue
before. It is so different from the opaque grayish waves that hit the coast of Holland." (Pieter Adriaans, "Painting on the Azores
Someone other than Brittany's irises.
"She can't see any tiger gold or unpaintable blue in Brittany's irises." ("Full Moon on a Sunday Night," Part One)
The sky over Portland, Oregon.
"The air is crisp and the sky is unpaintable blue." (Scott Conary)
The Huxtable kitchen.
"[I]n all its badly-hung, unpaintable, powder-blue glory." (Andy Peters)
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