Friends, Romans, Countrymen...These brain teasers rely on your ability to recognize groups of common attributes. For each of these puzzles you'll need to figure out why the words or letters are grouped as they are. Sometimes you will be asked to pick the odd-one-out or to place a new word into the correct group.
The 3 words/phrases above are anagrams of lesser known words with a common theme - if you first remove one letter from each.
The 3 removed letters will spell a word that relates to the theme.
AnswerThe title "Friends, Romans, countrymen..." is from Mark Antony's speech in Julius Caesar. The line continues with "...lend me your ears."
The common theme is the EAR.
Remove an E from MULE SALE, and you have an anagram of malleus.
Remove the A from ACINUS, and you have an anagram of incus.
Remove the R from REPASTS, and you have an anagram of stapes.
The malleus, incus and stapes are the bones of the middle ear, more commonly called the hammer, anvil and stirrup.
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