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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.


Puzzle ID:#19997
Fun:*** (2.92)
Difficulty:*** (2.92)
Submitted By:cnmne*us*****




The following 15 words can be divided into 5 groups of 3 words. The words in each trio will share a similar characteristic. What are the groupings? Why?

astern, bony, con, deal, land, lien, nit, pending, pinion, range, slander, steroid, tile, vary, venue

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Dec 20, 2004

that was very unique i would have never gotten it. great job.
Dec 21, 2004

awesome! i would have never gotten it either!!!
Dec 21, 2004

Fantastic idea, i wish i had gotten it 1st
Dec 22, 2004

very good teaser, keep it up
Dec 23, 2004

Ditto to all four previous comments!
Dec 24, 2004

cool. yeah i didnt get it.
Dec 28, 2004

Jan 05, 2005

yay my name was in this !! (EBONY)
Jan 22, 2005

Very intelligent.
Jan 22, 2005

clever,i was trying to group them by definition catagories.
Jan 22, 2005

very good i would have never gotten that so keep em up
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Jan 22, 2005

Jan 22, 2005

That was cool! I was close, I was trying to group them by letters, but that was very unique and clever! Keep it up!
Jan 22, 2005

I think I got lucky. The first thing I tried was the right answer. First time that ever happened with a teaser rated that tough!
Jan 23, 2005

Very clever. Didn\'t come close to getting it.
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Jan 23, 2005

nice 1
Jan 24, 2005

Right - that was clever
Jan 24, 2005

very clever... i like!
Mar 28, 2005

Boy did I take wrong turns! Glad I finally peeked. Clever and great fun.
Aug 28, 2005

Very clever and a one of a kind group. Congratulations, and i wish you many more to come.
Sep 22, 2005

Very clever, and nice ideal. I found it to be fun, a bit hard to do. I enjoyed this one, and I do like the ideal behind the teaser. Good Job, and keep 'em coming
Oct 11, 2009

I got cross with this - seemed too random and i didn't persevere. Now I wish I had kept going, as it was a very worthy challenge. I think a hint would have been useful to encourage me to keep at it!

- an exceptional teaser - well done!
Oct 11, 2009

This is one of the first Braingle puzzles I read about four years ago. It's surprising this excellent teaser didn't make Teaser of the Day before this.
Oct 11, 2009

i got all except for the u list
i used
snit spending stile
instead of
unit upending utile
Oct 11, 2009

Yikes! That was too tough too early in the morning! Great teaser!
Oct 11, 2009

I IMMEDIATELY recognised the connections when I thought 'pinion isn't a word!'(I'm 11, I don't know much) and my only flaw was not knowing which words went where.
Oct 11, 2009

wow...actually got one right...though i got "eland" by process of elimination.....eland?
Oct 11, 2009

oh wait...i got it...island before eland except after sealand
Oct 11, 2009

Tough one. I would never have figured this one out. Well done.
Oct 11, 2009

This teaser was fantastic!!! At first I tried to group meanings but soon saw there was no commonality. Then I noticed the first two words became new words with 'e' in front, then saw a-lien, got the trick, and filled them all in from there; what great fun!!! Thank you sooo much!!
Oct 11, 2009

I know I sound dumb but what does Utile mean?
Oct 12, 2009

awesome teaser! I got it right away, but I think I got lucky!
Oct 12, 2009

so close!!! i almost got the concept, i thought it was 'put the words together', so i did "astern" mixed with "steriod" to make "asteroid" and "astern" mixed with "lien" to make "alien" (for a space theme) i didn't know the rest, so i clicked answer, and i got 2/3 on #1, so i got a bad grade great teaser, though!!!
Oct 12, 2009

mepapa, i don't know what half of those words mean, so u dont sound dumb 2 me! (no, i dont no what utile means, sorry! )
Oct 12, 2009

According to the dictionaries I used, untile means useful.
Oct 11, 2012

I had no idea what I was supposed to do. The instructions were very bad. I tried to put three words together that might be alike, but that did not pan out. Judging from the comments I am not alone. No one seemed to know what to do. Sorry!
Oct 11, 2012

Great teaser! But very easy for a Scrabble player to spot those front hooks. (i-slander is one of my favourites)
Oct 11, 2012

Excellent! Clever! Loved it! Thanks for posting!
Oct 11, 2012

My mind must be playing tricks on me,I was completely lost on this one.
Oct 11, 2012

Totally agree with Babe and Cutebug. Had no idea what was wanted.
Oct 11, 2015

The instructions were perfectly clear! Great puzzler!!

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