What word completes the analogy?
(What is an analogy?)

EARACHE : PAINFUL :: jester : joking

  1. costume
  2. joking
  3. serious

The best answer is joking. The relationship between the first pair of words, earache and painful, is descriptive—one word describes the other word. Therefore, the second pair of words must also have a descriptive relationship. Joking describes jester.

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