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One Letter of Separation

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


Puzzle ID:#27641
Fun:*** (2.86)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Submitted By:cnmne*us*****
Corrected By:elentir




Each group of three definitions describes three words that are spelled the same, except for one letter (each group describes a different set of words). Example: king, ring, wing.

1a) to wriggle
1b) a member of the British gentry
1c) a small forcible stream of liquid

2a) this color is a blend of red and yellow darkened by black
2b) the top of the head
2c) to cover with water

3a) more recent
3b) rubbish
3c) a written communication

4a) very common color
4b) a high-pitched plaintive cry
4c) although

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Dec 23, 2005

Was fun to work. Good Job.
Dec 28, 2005

Yeah that was a thinker. I didn't get the last one. Great one
Jan 11, 2006

EZ and fun! Nice job!!
Aug 11, 2008

Three Unsolved.

I only got the second group of words...

I need to enrich my vocabs...
Aug 11, 2008

Working crossword puzzles helped me. Fairly easy but interesting.
Aug 11, 2008

My biggest problem wasI tried to make each group rhyme. Once I figured out they didn't have to, I got them. Good teaser. Thanks for posting.
Aug 11, 2008

I only got the last set of words. I guess I didn't try hard enough.
Aug 11, 2008

I also mistakenly thought the words needed to rhyme. The directions were O.K., but the example put me on the wrong track. I got #2 right away, but had to give up on the rest because I misunderstood.
Aug 11, 2008

Not too hard and not too easy and lots of fun! Thanks!
Aug 11, 2008

Good one. The first one almost did me in.
Aug 12, 2008

"Free from color" is actually black. White is all colors. Good one otherwise.
Aug 11, 2011

Nice teaser. I enjoyed that one! Thanks! Have a great day, KiPA.
Aug 11, 2011

AROB. GiMi and AS may your day be full of joy.
Aug 11, 2011

I was also going to post white being polychromatic and not "free from colour" but I see I was beaten to it.

Fun puzzle all the same. (Got stuck on #3 though - newer, sewer, ?ewer.) I too tend to try to make these rhyme, even when I realize they don't have to.
Aug 11, 2011

In the case of Color as Pigment or Molecular Coloring Agents, white is NOT a color and black is the mixture all the primary colors.

In the case of Color as Light, White is a color and black is NOT.

So technically, this teaser is correct! Though pretty hard to get right!
Aug 11, 2011

I LOVE these knowledgeable comments of late! Really fun, brainy commenters!
Aug 11, 2011

Still a tough one. Hi Gayle & doehead.
Aug 11, 2014

I have to agree with the other two comments; white is most definitely a color - even as a pigment. Titanium white, due to the molecule titanium dioxide, is a very common white pigment used in many coloring applications.
Aug 11, 2014

Nice T4easer. My attraction to word puzzles made this doable.
Aug 11, 2014

I have to agree with the one comment that her, or his, instructions made it sound like they were all to rhyme. She or he could have used a better set of words to illustrate.
Sorry, I did not like it!

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