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X Marks the Spot

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


Puzzle ID:#26649
Fun:*** (2.99)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Submitted By:norcekrius****
Corrected By:norcekri




It was Xmas time, and Xavier eXeter eXhorted his family for an eXpedition downtown to eXpend some funds for the usual holiday gift eXchange. As soon as they boarded the eXpress train, his Auntie Jen began to eXpound on her eXpectations for the trip.
"I assume you know that the full name of the holiday is Christmas?"
"Newspapers started it to save space, replacing 'Christ' with a cross."
"Very good. Do you know what else 'ex' means?"
"Well, it can mean 'outside' or 'former'."
"EXcellent. But sometimes, it doesn't seem related to the original word." She smiled, and Xavier could tell she had another one of her games in mind. He returned the grin, eXcited for her to eXplain the rules.
"Now, if you lose weight in January, how might you describe your loss?"
Xavier thought for a few seconds, and then his face eXploded with delight.
"Very good! What else?" Jen often had more than one up her sleeve. His father claimed that's why she often wore long-sleeved blouses.
She chuckled and made a mental note. " I hadn't thought of that one. How about 'EX-size', spelled C-I-S-E ?"
"Oohhh," he groaned. "Okay, do you have any more?"

How many of Auntie Jen's words can you get?

1. Formerly enough
2. Former building location
3. Another former building location
4. Formerly in good health
5. Used to make a living in the movies
6. Former mining area
7. Formerly eaten by chickens

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Oct 31, 2005

Good one, i had fun with it.
Oct 31, 2005

I was never good at puns....
5.Still confused
7.blank(I can't believe i missed this one )
Oct 31, 2005

Good one but I didn't get #4.
Oct 31, 2005

Very well done but I got #7 wrong keep them coming
Oct 31, 2005

wow, good one, but I didn't get all of it correct
Nov 03, 2005

Fun little game. I enjoyed it. I missed a couple.
Nov 09, 2005

Awesome I loved it. I got a couple right even. I had so much fun with this one. This is my favorite of all I have read so far.
Nov 29, 2005

well I got half of them right, Loved it
Jan 21, 2006

That was EX-cellent, kep up the good work!
Feb 03, 2015

I liked this one, but I thought some other answers would work just as well. For example, numbler senven could be "ex-Seed" because chickens eat corn and corn is seeds. But a good game anyway. I didn't do well because I found alternate answers for a lot of stuff that didn't work in the end.

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