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Give an Inch, Take a Mile

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#21278
Fun:*** (2.84)
Difficulty:*** (2.95)
Category:Language
Submitted By:cnmne*us*****
Corrected By:cnmne

 

 

 



Change MILE to INCH by changing one letter at a time. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. But there is a catch. You must make the change by going through YARD and FOOT. No word can be used more than once.

MILE ----> YARD ----> FOOT ----> INCH




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Comments

sftbaltwty*us*
Mar 10, 2005

i was able to work it a different way up through foot...but wasn't able to keep going because the bell rang maybe later i continue and see if my alternate solution will work in the end but REALLY good job..i love these..maybe Braingle should start a whole new category like they did with the Rebus puzzles
r3lish*
Mar 19, 2005

was finding other ways, for the upper steps it was easy, but the foot-inch part had to pass mach i think
froggyggAus*
Mar 26, 2005

Likewise, I managed to change to a few words but got stuck trying to exchange the "y" in yard. Very clever - and hard. Fun trying this one - even if I couldn't solve it.
pointmeister
Apr 02, 2005

Good one - I saw this one in Games Magazine a couple of years ago - but forgot about it
mesendk
Apr 02, 2005

great riddle!
je_russell
Apr 02, 2005

Alternate for Foot->Inch: Foot-fort-tort-tart-tact-tach-each-etch-itch-Inch.
Kinergy
Apr 02, 2005

MILE MALE MARE YARE YARD HARD HART FART FORT FOOT TOOT TORT TART TACT FACT FACE MACE MACH EACH ETCH ITCH INCH

Of course, I had to use a dictionary to figure it out.
auntpatpat
Apr 02, 2005

I would of got it if i took more time but I`m a very impatient person! Good one though!
auntpatpat
Apr 02, 2005

I would of got it if i took more time but I`m a very impatient person! Good one though!
inconspicuous20
Apr 02, 2005

I think there is an easier way...sombody tell me if I'm wrong.

I did it this way: MILE--MEAL--LEAD--DEAR--YARD--DART--TOAD--AUTO--TOFU--FOOT--FONT--TONE--CONE--COIN--INCH

That was a fun one, though!
(user deleted)
Apr 02, 2005

Here's a faster way from FOOT --> ITCH:

foot --> moot --> most --> mast --> mash --> mach --> each --> etch --> itch
DJNic*us*
Apr 02, 2005

It was very fun!!! i got until i got to foot then i got stuck i found different words though to change it but it still worked neways gr8 teaser!!
Punk_RockerAus*
Apr 02, 2005

I also had to use a dictionary...I got..

MILE - mire - mare - care - card - YARD - yarn - barn - bart - fart - fort - FOOT - ford - fore - fare - face - mace - mach - each - etch - itch - INCH

I was surprised at how many I got correct...O_o
Master_YodaAus*
Apr 02, 2005

Wow what a challenge. I could've figured it out but I didn't have the time. Good teaser.
(user deleted)
Apr 02, 2005

Wow!!! That's a toughy!!!!!!
How long did it take you to
get that teaser?? lol
Jessa*
Apr 02, 2005

Nice took me awhile but I figured it out!! (I looked at the answer then went back and saw how they figured it out to see if I did it the same way!?! Which I did!
lilliandulciaA*
Apr 02, 2005

Ok, I did this waayy different and I only used the letters available (cause I thought thats how I was suppose to do it).
MILE, MALE, MARE, MARD, YARD, FARD, FART, FORT, FOOT, FOOH, FOCH, IOCH, INCH
And I thought I was makin up the words for FOOT-INCH but it turns out they are actual real words o.o;;
Kinergy
Apr 02, 2005

Inconspicuous, absolutely brilliant:

MILE--MEAL--LEAD--DEAR--YARD--DART--TOAD--AUTO--TOFU--FOOT--FONT--TONE--CONE--COIN--INCH

Nothing wrong with that... other than you are rearranging the letters! Not allowed to do that.
brain_deadAjm*
Apr 02, 2005

i didn't get it
to me it was totally stupid
no offense to whomever wrote it
Kuzz
Apr 02, 2005

Awesome Riddle!
I love these word puzzles!
Lucky_Thirteen**
Apr 04, 2005

That was very very good! I couldn't get it! Ha ha. That was so cool!
yipiyuk*us*
Apr 04, 2005

Great one! I too made it easily to FOOT but had difficulty getting from FOOT to INCH.

I did find a quicker path from MILE to YARD... mile>mild>wild>ward>yard
Javian**
May 21, 2005

great teaser, but lots more ways to figure it out; I did:

mile-male-bale-bald-bard-yard>card>cord>ford>food>foot
GreenApples27*nz*
May 03, 2011

I did MALE, rather than MIRE, but otherwise got the same.
jainasolo*
May 03, 2011

@inconspicuous20 That's smart, but I'm pretty certain you're not allowed to rearrange the letters. You can only change "one letter at a time". I think that means they have to remain in the same order. But good job for thinking outside of the box!
This was a good teaser.
javaguy78
May 03, 2011

mile > mire > mare > ware > ward > yard > card > cart > fart > fort > foot > moot > most > mast > mash > mach > each > etch > itch > inch
Jeppydog*
May 03, 2011

I made it to FOOT but couldn't get from there to INCH....I did get to MACH but stalled there. Great puzzle though.
auntiesisAus*
May 03, 2011

Really great puzzle, one of my favorites. It was a little tricky, but I got it. Thanks.
BadBunnee02*us*
May 03, 2014

Been working on this since midnight. Now 10 am. Still trying.

Might give up, yet I appreciate the challenge. Rated it HIGH for fun !!



BB02
jaycr*us*
May 03, 2014

Many options, fun teaser.
HABS2933Aca*
May 03, 2014

Though it was a fun teaser, one of the cardinal rules for a teaser on the site is supposed to be there can not be multiple ways to solve it. As we have seen most teasers of this type have many alternate answers. This one especially as there is no stipulation on the number of steps it can take.
raisin99*
May 03, 2014

Very nice; I solved it quite differently. I welcomed a teaser that required a little thought!!
cutebugAus**
May 03, 2014

Although this is not my type of fun teasers, I solved it quite easily. Maybe tomorrow will be more of a challenge.
gaylewolfAus*
May 03, 2014

Yes, this one was a challenge. But lots of fun! Took a while, but I finished it!
PS Love the new, friendly atmosphere in the comments area!!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!
auntiesisAus*
May 03, 2014

This one was so long that I gave up without finishing. Really great teaser, just too long for me today.
TheKaitoKid
May 03, 2014

I have an alternative ... starting in reverse ... foot > loot > lost > lose > lone > lane > land > lard > yard. Nice teaser
HABS2933Aca*
May 03, 2014

TheKaitoKid, you only solved half the puzzle. The challenge was to change the word INCH to FOOT; FOOT to YARD, and YARD to MILE.



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