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Word Puzzles [Jun. 5th, 2006|02:35 pm]
[Current Mood |lexical]

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.

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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