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Word Puzzles [Jun. 5th, 2006|02:35 pm]
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This is based on the NPR Sunday Puzzler from a week or so ago. I took it a step further, to really strain your word-wrangling skills.

Below are pairs of words. For each word, change one letter to any other letter. The resultant new words are synonyms (or nearly so). What are the new pairs of words?

Example: "shim, then" becomes "slim, thin"

  1. woolen, limbered
  2. coax, fame
  3. mullion, golf
  4. deduce, lesson
  5. switch, simple
  6. burst, charmed
  7. crowned, rustling
  8. tough, blanch
  9. massive, massage
  10. hero, pull
  11. rusted, tasty
  12. hammer, inhabit


Word sets are roughly ordered by difficulty, though I have a hard time judging how tricky these will be. Have fun!

EDIT: I'll post a list of answers tomorrow, behind a cut tag. No need to post your answers here -- I trust ya.
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[User Picture]From: jaelyn
2006-06-05 09:54 pm (UTC)
I got #4! Hehe!
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[User Picture]From: jaelyn
2006-06-05 10:04 pm (UTC)
And #9. :P
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[User Picture]From: jaelyn
2006-06-05 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oop, and #5. *giggles*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:11 pm (UTC)
Steady progress! :D
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[User Picture]From: jaelyn
2006-06-05 10:13 pm (UTC)
Teehee! I'm trying not to post answers to let others guess. Or was I supposed to post answers?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:20 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about posting your answers -- I trust you got 'em. ;)
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[User Picture]From: jaelyn
2006-06-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hehe!
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[User Picture]From: electricgecko
2006-06-05 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I got all of them.

Except for #11. What is #11?!

(And where do I post my answers so no one can see them? ;))
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:11 pm (UTC)
Well done!

Yeah, I didn't bother with screening comments. Maybe I should have a separate post for solutions?

Hint for #11: Try "h" as a new letter.
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[User Picture]From: electricgecko
2006-06-05 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh. :D

All of them, then. But now I feel like I cheated!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:18 pm (UTC)
It wasn't cheating. That was an officially-sanctioned hint. ;)
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[User Picture]From: penh
2006-06-05 10:15 pm (UTC)
Woo! 2 minutes! Though I guess you have to take my word for it, as there's no official timer or anything. Whee, puzzles!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:29 pm (UTC)
Speedy wordsmithing! Well done. :)
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2006-06-05 10:22 pm (UTC)
currently got 'em all but 8 and 12, though not sure about my answers for 2...
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2006-06-05 10:23 pm (UTC)
oop, got 8 now too :)
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2006-06-05 10:24 pm (UTC)
hah! got 12 now too!
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2006-06-05 10:24 pm (UTC)
just not sure of my pair for 2... *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think there are multiple solutions, but with the short words in #2 it's possible. The answers not perfect synonyms, but they're very close in meaning. Do your answers "ring false"?
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-06-05 10:34 pm (UTC)
oh...you aren't screening. well, you've got my answers in email, so i deleted the comment. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 10:42 pm (UTC)
normanrafferty got most of them, but I've removed his comment to avoid accidental spoilers.

5. stitch, dimple -- there's a better pair; these don't seem to be synonyms.
12. dammer -- I wasn't thinking of this word, but it works!
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[User Picture]From: normanrafferty
2006-06-06 12:01 am (UTC)
It's surely not "swatch, sample"?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-06 12:04 am (UTC)
It surely is!
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From: ex_radric52
2006-06-05 11:38 pm (UTC)
That was fun! A little over 4 mins for them all, I think. I had the most trouble with #12 and wound up figuring that one out last, as that was the only one really preventing me from being able to solve the whole list. Slightly ironic, no?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-05 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. Ya know, I didn't even design it that way. :)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-06-06 08:46 am (UTC)
Got 'em all! #6 and #10 took me the longest.
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[User Picture]From: qatar
2006-06-06 10:40 am (UTC)
Got 'em all!

#2 took me the longest by far. The left side was easy to see, but the right side had too many options. :-)

Fun! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-06 04:13 pm (UTC)
Really? I thought #2 would be fairly easy (as you can tell by the ordering). When you come up with these word puzzles, it's so difficult to gauge how other people will rate them. :) Glad you liked 'em.
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2006-06-07 05:50 pm (UTC)
Take me out and shoot me. I could only get one of them.

It's been a long week. Wait, what day is this?

Yeah, that's how it's been going.
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