You might be able to find all of the answers from posters here. I will be able to give some of them, while others could give the rest. Gently pulled, would be "tugged." "Sorcery" is the use of magic/ spells, while "Penicillin" would be the antibiotic in question. "Ineffectual" can mean having no effect whatsoever, while a "veranda" is a porch. "Toxic" would be poisonous while fears can be described as "phobias." In terms of solving them, I think that familiarity with language would be critical, as it allows individuals to be able to use their own prior knowledge in solving it. I also think being able to work through a thesaurus or book of synonyms might also help. If this is not available, using the internet might be a good guide to help here.