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Groundhog Day Words Crossword Puzzle

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1. the seasonal change in weather occurring after winter, characterized by increased warmth and renewed growth of plant life
3. a city in Pennsylvania famous for its groundhog day festivities
4. a large, mostly herbivorous rodent that lives in a burrow and hibernates during the winter months
6. the attempt to predict what the weather will be like for a specified time in the future
8. a term used to describe the sky when a continuous cloud or mist blocks out direct sunlight
9. to arrive or appear after a predetermined or expected time
15. a story, usually relayed orally, that is passed down through generations
2. a state of sleep and inactivity when an animals metabolism slows down to conserve energy in order to survive the winter
5. a term usually used to describe becoming alert and active after a period of long sleep, such as hibernation
7. a term used to describe anything that lies below the top surface of the soil
10. a hole dug in the ground by rodent type animals for protection and hibernation
11. a term used to describe a weather condition in which there are brief moments of direct sunlight because of numerous clouds in the sky
12. the shaded area produced when an object partially blocks light produced by a larger light source
13. a warm-blooded animal usually covered with hair or fur, containing vertebrae, and bearing live young
14. a small mostly herbivorous mammal characterized by two large upper and lower front teeth and usually having some sort of tail

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