Word puzzles (May 3, 2011)
Thread poster: RominaZ

RominaZ  Identity Verified
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May 3, 2011

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Here are a couple of word puzzles for this week. Let's see who posts the right answer (no browsing on the Internet!)

1- Which five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?


2- Which two words have the most letters in it?


3- What word begins with 'h', ends with 'n', contains six letters, and contains eight words besides itself without transposing a single letter?
Please explain how.


 

Ambrose Li  Identity Verified
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q1 May 3, 2011

RominaZ wrote:

1- Which five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?




This one is easy: the answer is “short”. Adding -er makes it “shorter” ^_^

[Edited at 2011-05-03 20:31 GMT]


 

Ambrose Li  Identity Verified
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q3 May 3, 2011

RominaZ wrote:

3- What word begins with 'h', ends with 'n', contains six letters, and contains eight words besides itself without transposing a single letter?
Please explain how.


My try:

hasten – haste, hast, has, ha, a, as, ten, en


[Edited at 2011-05-03 22:34 GMT]


 

Melanie Wittwer  Identity Verified
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questions 2 May 4, 2011

letter box

 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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question 2 May 4, 2011

My answer to question 2 would be "post office".

 

RominaZ  Identity Verified
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On the right track May 4, 2011

Wow! I'm impressed some are on the right track. I will allow some more time to see if there are more replies and I'll post the solutions tomorrow.

Thanks to those who have participated so far.

Romina


 

Ildiko Santana  Identity Verified
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Q2 - May 4, 2011

- The Alphabet -

I think the answers to 1 and 3 are brilliant & correct.icon_smile.gif


 

David Wright  Identity Verified
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Q2 May 4, 2011

my in-tray

 

RominaZ  Identity Verified
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Solutions to the Word puzzle (May 3, 2011) May 4, 2011

First thanks to Ambrose Li, Melanie, Paul, ildiko and David for participating in this word puzzle!

Solutions to this word puzzle:
1- Which five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

"Short"


Well done, Ambrose Li!

2- Which two words have the most letters in it?

"Post Office"


You got it, Paul! Melanie, you were close. David and ildiko, nice try.

3- What word begins with 'h', ends with 'n', contains six letters, and contains eight words besides itself without transposing a single letter?

"Herein" The words it contains are: "he," "her," "here," "ere," "re," "rein," "I," and "in."


Nice try, Ambrose Li.


Was it fun?


 

Diantha Guessous  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:23
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French to English
More fun with word games & language questions Feb 7, 2012

The word puzzles were fun, thanks!

For more fun with English, I'd like to suggest some free sites for those
who are fond of word games and mini language tests.

http://www.games.com/game-play/just-words/multi/

A version of scrabble is available here, among other games.
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http://playwithyourmind.com/online-brain-games/word-games/wording/

This site offers a wide variety of "mind exercise" games . Of the word games, I prefer Wording, but there are plenty of others.

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http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/tyenglish/
-see archive of tyenglish questions
This Test your English section, based on items published in the paper, is just a small part of the NY Times Learning Center.

If you explore it, you may find it a rich educational resource in other ways, for teaching, for students in your life at home or school, or if you feel like seeing how much you remember of high school math etc.:-)

Have fun.
Best regards to all,
Diantha

[Edited at 2012-02-07 12:25 GMT]


 


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