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Puzzle: Word Bridges [Jul. 7th, 2006|12:14 pm]

Having seen a puzzle movie, my brain is back in puzzle mode. So here's a word puzzle for people to chew on!

This puzzle is based on sequences of words where each adjacent pair also combines to create a single word. (I'm using dictionary.com as my reference on which of these compounds are single words.) Fill in the blanks in the chains. I've tried to order them roughly by difficulty.

EX: quick - _____ - storm
The blank is "sand", since "quicksand" and "sandstorm" are both words, as is "sand" itself. Note that all of the blanks are words by themselves.

  1. hard - _____ - pile
  2. _____ - acetic
  3. re - _____ - lop
  4. tit - _____ - ode
  5. anima - _____ - _____
  6. be - _____ - close - _____
  7. in - _____ - ion
  8. _____ - cob - _____
  9. door - _____ - _____ - per
  10. back - _____ - yard
  11. plain - _____ - _____ - age
  12. _____ - base - _____ - _____ - _____ - ward

Note that there may be more than one answer for blanks (though I've tried to limit the possibilities). I'll put up my answers later this afternoon. Feel free to post any questions about the puzzle, boasts about solve times, rants about how easy/hard it was, or whatnot -- but no answers! (Comments are unscreened.) Enjoy!

[User Picture]From: penh
2006-07-07 10:19 pm (UTC)
OK, I've got 8 down and 4 to go. Should I e-mail you my answers when I'm done, or just privately gloat?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-07 10:40 pm (UTC)
You can email 'em if you like. But you should, definitely, privately gloat a bit. :>

(Which 4 are the troublesome ones?)
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[User Picture]From: penh
2006-07-07 10:41 pm (UTC)
I've got it down to 1, 9, and 11. Also, my brain hurts.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-07-07 11:55 pm (UTC)
1. Shouldn't be that hard... I can only think of a handful of (non-hyphenated) possibilties given the opener of "hard".

11. This one is probably moderately evil, due to the arrangement of blanks. Hint: policeman.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2006-07-08 12:54 am (UTC)
OK, after a brief shopping break (yay capitalism!), I've only got #9 left. And I'm really beginning to hate doors.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-07-08 01:26 am (UTC)
I've got #1 =P

I'm not sure I even understand the ones with many blanks =P
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2006-07-08 04:32 am (UTC)
Holy smegging crap, my brain just exploded! Can't wait to see the answers, though.
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[User Picture]From: bosn
2006-07-08 11:33 am (UTC)
thats easy!

theres only two words used. Fuck and fucking

Hard fucking pile
Fucking acetic
re fucking lop
tit fucking ode
Anima fucking fuck

See it works great!
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