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Odd Word Out

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:#27573
Fun:*** (3.03)
Difficulty:*** (2.13)
Submitted By:Dave*en*****!
Corrected By:chocolatecake




Which of the following words does not belong in the list, and why?



The odd word out is INEFFICIENCIES

In all the other words, each of the letters in the word appears twice.


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Dec 18, 2005

This was fun! At first I didn't get it until I REALLY looked at it. It was fun, and at first, confusing. Keep up the good work!
Dec 18, 2005

Thanks magicalmystical.
I thought the three words in the hint might make it a bit easier, but too obvious if I put them in the main teaser.
Thanks for the comment!
Dec 18, 2005

Excellant! I was looking for double letters, not repeated letters.
Dec 18, 2005

Loved this one! Keep it up
Dec 19, 2005

I got this one. I saw something similar to this somewhere.
Dec 19, 2005

Great teaser. Keep these coming
Dec 20, 2005

I thought i had it until i saw the hint. Fun teaser
Jan 25, 2006

Great teaser and I actually got it. Yippee
Jan 25, 2006

It too a while, but it was worth it. Good work.
Jan 25, 2006

It took a while, but it was worth it. Good work.
Jan 25, 2006

great teaser !!!!! i really liked it!
Jan 25, 2006

Very good. Interesting.
Jan 25, 2006

Nice one! Kicked my brain into gear this morning.
Jan 25, 2006

I first thought it was the first and last halves of the word had the same letters. Took a little while to figure out the real answer. Perfect, loved this one.
Jan 25, 2006

Very clever...nice job!
Jan 25, 2006

Cute and easy. Usually I am not good at these, but I got this one instantly. Thanks for the boost of esteem!!! I loved it!!
Jan 25, 2006

It took me a few minutes and after getting a headache I figured it out. Great teaser!
Jan 25, 2006

aw chupasuevos, yourjust mad that you probably didnt get it. but how are we to know, so theres no use in arguing. it was certainly more clever and thoughtfull than what you put down.
Jan 25, 2006

WHAT? i didnt get it...

its ok.... im sure it would be ok if i understood it. lol.
Jan 25, 2006

aww, heck. I thought I got it, but it wasn't what you had, however, what I found is true of all the words except horseshoe, all the rest have two sets of the same three letters, some in the same order, others in different order. Its interesting, I guess because all the letters were dupes it also had this other property. But my answer WAS a little farfetched, I thought...

Off on a tangent again... Very, very good teaser, Thanks!
Jan 25, 2006

Aw forget that ... TREMENDOUS!!!
Jan 25, 2006

OR Caucasus because the others have suffixes or prefixes. I teach third grade, what can I say?
Jan 25, 2006

I teach 3rd grade also and had picked the same word for the same reason until I saw the hint. Then I was lost. I liked it, though!
Jan 25, 2006

this one was fun! and after a few i figured it out..great teaser
Jan 27, 2006

That was fun! Thanks! It's going in my favorites!
Jan 25, 2007

Wow!! This one was a tough one. I liked it. I didn't get it though. Oh well. I'll have to try harder and look a little more closely next time. Great job!!
Jan 25, 2007

I liked it -- as I do so often. But I only liked it after I saw the answer.
Jan 25, 2007

Jan 25, 2007

Very good. I like that one
Jan 25, 2007

Cute!! I actually got it right. Yeah!!
Jan 25, 2007

Wow. I had no idea. Good workout for my brain, tho as I was trying to analyse each word for meaning.Good teaser.
Jan 25, 2007

After I quit thinking about word meaning,I figured it out.Greatway to wake my brain up!!
Jan 25, 2007

Great Teaser! Keep up the good work!
Jan 25, 2007

you know , i didnt look at the hint so i really thought it would be signings- since it is the only word in the list with 2 syllables
Jan 25, 2007

I got this one, and I really liked it
Jan 25, 2007

I saw the pattern right away, but it was interesting to see how many words could be written with pairs of letters.
Jan 25, 2007

Did not get this one at all. Each time I went over the list I picked out a different one to eliminate. Sad how poorly my brain works. But I'm like a dog with a bone, I never give up. Thanks for the brain workout.
Jan 25, 2007

I got it right! It took me a while , but I noticed the pairs after a bit . Please send more of these , it was a good start to my morning.THX.
Jan 25, 2007

Without looking at the hint I went with Arraigning cuz it was the only one that didn't end in a the letters s or r. That seemed to easy, now I know why.
Jan 25, 2007

Brilliant! Especially since mNy of the words end in S! If you don't get how simple it is by seeing the Pattern right away it could be confusing since thas are nice long intelligent words! Great teaser!

Yay me I "got"it!
Jan 25, 2007

I like this kind of puzzle.
Words that have interesting properties are interesting
Jan 25, 2007

The occassional guess works out well I'd say!
Jan 25, 2007

An absolutely *Totally Awesome teaser. Even after seeing what was involved, I enjoyed it even more. The clue would have easily given away the answer. It could be that some of us, are geared toward loooking for certain tricks, that we get the answer, too quickly! I would still enjoy it, anyway! Keep bringing these type of teasers, on out! Fantastic work!
Jan 25, 2007

good one!
Jan 25, 2007

i was tihinking of PARTS of words repeated, not letters
good teaser!
Jan 25, 2007

simple but fun. i was actually lookin for the word with a letter appearing once.
nice one
Jan 25, 2007

I also thought that it was parts of the word repeated. That was a great teaser! I loved it!
Jan 25, 2007

Now that was an excellent job. I enjoyed it very much. More please?
Jan 26, 2007

I got it almost on sight. Well, I got that the letters were duplicated but I had to look at each word to be sure and that is when I saw that inefficiencies had four i's. Like me, four-eyes.
Jan 26, 2007

Are we going to get a new teaser for the day? I don't have enough points to submit one, or I would??
Jan 26, 2007

I didn't take the time to figure it out, but when I saw the answer, I liked it. Good job.
Jan 26, 2007

I almost gave up, but the repeating letters kept calling me back.... and I did eventually get it. Yay me!
Jan 27, 2007

I didn't really help me that I had no idea what the words were or how to pronounce them. I considered this as a really boring teaser.
Jan 31, 2007

I thought it was pretty good
I got it after looking at the words for a little bit.
Jan 31, 2007

I thought it was pretty good
I got it after looking at the words for a little bit.
Feb 01, 2007

cute. i got it fast!
Jan 08, 2009

Very nice teaser, although pretty easy. A few less words in the group would have made it harder.

Jan 25, 2010

I got the correct answer by counting syllables.
Jan 25, 2010

Trickier than I first thought.

I saw all the repeating letters, but got sidetracked when I saw that there were 3 other solutions.
Caucasian - no pre-/suffix
Horseshoer - only one defining a job
(forgot word)ing - only word to end in ing

Oh well. Maybe next time.
Jan 25, 2010

I must need more coffee! Inefficiencies stood out but I wasn't sure why! Fun!
Jan 25, 2010

A tad on the easy side, but I liked it a lot!! Thanks for this one
Jan 25, 2010

Jan 25, 2013

Too many possiblities. Had to use the hint to find the author's intent.
Jan 25, 2013

Syllables is also another reason.
Jan 25, 2013

I think I used to be able to see patterns more clearly Teaser was challenging for me!
Jan 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

Did not get it again.
Jan 25, 2013

I actually got it! These aren't my best type of teasers, but thanks for making my day. I got it with the hint.
Jan 25, 2016

I am with Habs!!! I don't even try these.
Glad there are some who are challenged and like them.
Jan 25, 2016

simple, fun!!

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