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Sounding Them Out - I

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

 

Puzzle ID:#30141
Fun:*** (2.97)
Difficulty:** (1.28)
Category:Language
Submitted By:brainsterAin******
Corrected By:Winner4600

 

 

 



Given below are five pairs of words. Each pair sounds similar, but have different meanings (they are homonyms). Can you find them?

Lift high - Bring down, destroy
Plant with ears - Labyrinth
Burial/Cremation formalities - Uses a pen and paper and forms legible words
To communicate with God - Carnivore's target
Watery part of milk that separates when milk turns to curds - The route or the course traveled from one place to another




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Comments

realm2346*
May 05, 2006

Got all of them except #1- Great job.
reddragonAus*
May 13, 2006

4out of 5 ain't bad. pretty good teaser I say.
blaghau
May 15, 2006

"form" should be "forms" to keep it in the same tense, otherwise good. Got them all.
stang99Ain*
May 17, 2006

I got 3!!!
GebbieRoseAus*
May 31, 2006

This was fun! Keep up the good work.
thimblenogginus*
May 31, 2006


Easier than it looked at first.
azbee123*us*
May 31, 2006

fun! i didn't get number one though

vlermaAus*
May 31, 2006

Tee Hee! I got them all. Kinda easy but what fun. Great job. brainster. More please!
RRAMMOHAN*in*
May 31, 2006

Well-thought out clues, but easy answers. Got them all within a minute!
pleroux*za*
May 31, 2006

Great teaser!
I agree with thimblenoggin - easier than it looked at first
OldChinaHand**
May 31, 2006

Well done.
marschie*il*
May 31, 2006

Got them all ...but,

whey and way don't sound exactly alike; whey has a 'whoosh' sound at the beginning, like 'what' and 'when.'

and how come the comments have different dates?? ...some dates are from years ago!?!
shawneeo*us*
May 31, 2006

hey learningchinese, I think you're lmurray in disguise. The point? Well, why did you do it?

I liked it, and I got them all, yay! to the above person, some teasers are on the site before they are daily teasers and have already been commented on.

Thanks for the fun teaser!
cvISS
May 31, 2006

Very enjoyable, a good beginning to my day.
iteachkidsAus*
May 31, 2006

Shawneeo - I had the exact same first thought when reading the comments. lmurray is baaaaaack, but with a new name. Very THIN disguise, if you ask me.
Brainster, thank you for a fun start to the day!
BeckyD*
May 31, 2006

Easy, but fun. I give this teaser four stars. ****
coachpisco*
May 31, 2006

Now, THAT was a good teaser. Good instructions, to the point, fun to do. Not impossible. Congratualations!
feste*
May 31, 2006

Maybe you mean porpoise LC
coachpisco*
May 31, 2006

Marshie, Just enjoy them. Don't get so critical.
BeckyD*
May 31, 2006

Perhaps Imurray IS back, but with a new name. I'm back with a new name!! For some reason, Braingle stopped letting me access the teasers so I had to change it. Maybe you would remember me by my old nickname.... smee. Yep, that was me!
bradon182001*us*
May 31, 2006

I found this teaser hard until I looked at the answers.Good teaser, Great teaser.I'll do better next time, now that I really understand it.
jabdrAus*
May 31, 2006

Great way to start the day..with a smile. Easy, but very clever and fun! (welcome back smee)
bogie
May 31, 2006

Very good!! I got them all, but had to think a little - enjoyed!!
nu_rob_roy*sx*
May 31, 2006

Hey brainster, good work, this was a little hard but lot of fun.

And it does seem the brat is back. WHAT IS YOUR POINT???
yipiyuk*us*
May 31, 2006

Nice teaser! Excellent job on the clues - it took me a moment, but once I got the first one the rest fell into place. Also, great instructions!!
cassiemarkAus*
May 31, 2006

I enjoyed that one! Got all but one - way to go!
MissLadyBug*
May 31, 2006

I got all of them. Being a writer sure helped a lot. Wonderful teaser.
RRAMMOHAN*in*
May 31, 2006

iteachkids and shawneeo: i agree with you that imurray is back with a new name. if you would see imurray's profile, you would see what appears to be the chinese flag, and his new name also talks of learning chinese! yes, it is indeed a thin disguise!
AwwwSweet*
May 31, 2006

Another great teaser, Brainster!

"It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us."
Author Unknown
iteachkidsAus*
May 31, 2006

Right ON, Sweetie!!!
krnsspot
May 31, 2006

very fun...didn't get as many as i should have but fun neverth e less
scallioAus*
May 31, 2006

Didn't get RAISE/RAIZE, darn it!

Thanks for a fun noggin tease this morning.
kman613**
May 31, 2006

nice & easy - thanks
rhmaustin*us*
May 31, 2006

Got 4 of 5. Marschie, I asked the same question a while back. Some nice person pointed out there's a list of teaser categories in the "Browse Teasers" column at the left of your screen. There you can call up teasers before they're featured as the daily teaser and test drive them. Today we had two teasers -- one about homonyms, and the one about Imurray aka Learning Chinese. LOL
Neek*us*
May 31, 2006

I liked this one. I'm dissapointed that I didn't get raise/raze, but maybe next time.
salepriceAca*
May 31, 2006

wow, I got `em all, loved these more please, Most days they r too tough for me but love `wordy` ones
Thanks a bunch....
auntiesisAus*
May 31, 2006

Found this one easy, but still fun. I look forward to a new teaser every day. Keep up the good work.
BeckyD*
May 31, 2006

Ok, folks.... I've got a teaser for you.

I don't have enough "points" to be able to submit this on the regular Braingle "submit a teaser" thing, and I haven't paid them for me to be able to do it either. That's why I'm gonna submit it here in the comments section.....

I'm thinking of a word that has nine letters.

If you subtract a letter, you still have another word that's used regularly.

Again, if you subtract a letter, you have another word...

After all subtracted letters, one by one for each word, what is the letter you end up with, and what is the word that you started out with?

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Hint...... the letter you end up with is the letter "I".....
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Startling
Starting
Staring
String
Sting
Sing
Sin
In
I

Did you get this one before scrolling down?? LOL
banzai*
May 31, 2006

Easy, but fun teaser. Not the one above my comment. That was annoying. Thank you.
Dubber*us
May 31, 2006

not to shaby
mover16*
May 31, 2006

It was ok not that im in the mood to try and solvebrainteasers or anything for that matter
Stuff1us*
May 31, 2006

Enjoyed them both!
kcheer2493us*
May 31, 2006

either the teasers are getting easier or i'm getting smarter!( not that it was a bad teaser) I actually really enjoued the teaser and got them all
kcheer2493us*
May 31, 2006

sorry, "enjoyed" i mean
This imurray thing is kind of pathetic
kcheer2493us*
May 31, 2006

Forgot, good one beckyd too!
vlermaAus*
May 31, 2006

Hey folks, I'm back. All this static about Imurray. For a while I thought Besa was back and had just changed from Spanish to Chinese. The comments from the person is really about the same in character, always negative. At times I think their words are just to anger the rest of us, other times I feel sorry for them as they seem to have a lot of hatred in their comments. If they could just learn to love themselves then others would love them too. I hope these guys, be it one or two or three along with learningchinese, will happy up and start the day, or night, with a smile. Evidentally they all need some understanding of some sort. Love to you guys, but please lighten up on these people who do submit teasers for our enjoyment.
horse_luverAca*
May 31, 2006

Fun! I got all but the last one.
POPSca*
May 31, 2006

GREAT one Got 5 out of 6 Must have been in a daze cause I missed maze.It was fun
besamishuevos*np*
May 31, 2006

Damn Vlerma....The huevos comes back after a hiatus and finds his name being slandered in the comment section. For the record, i am NOT learningchinese or imurray or whatever his/her name is. They are mere copycats, that are no match to the original.

P.S. that teaser was lame...
Musikman212*ca*
May 31, 2006

Cute little teaser. I liked it.
doka13*ml*
May 31, 2006

3 out of 5. that was really cute.
tdbrsun*
May 31, 2006

been out of school awhile . couln't remember about this type of whatever. But when I looked at answers it was a bit clearer and I understood!
tam13*us*
Jun 01, 2006

Loved it . . . got them all. Good Job!!
mmmcla01A*
Jun 19, 2006

3 out of 5......is that bad?
lmurray*cn*
May 31, 2007

WHAT DID I OR MY OLD ROOMMATE SAY A YEAR AGO?

OBVIOUSLY ATTENTION GETTING.

IF I KNEW, I WOULD SAY IT AGAIN TO SEE IF IT HAD THE SAME IMPACT.

SINCE I DON'T KNOW, SUFFICE TO SAY EASY EASY EASY!
mosca*us*
May 31, 2007

It was a fun quiz. Points out how our language has its twists and turns!
anion*
May 31, 2007

Fun teaser!

I really thought it was gonna be hard when reading the directions and then when I started doing it I realized it was not bad.

Still, I only got 3. The first one and the last one I didn't get...the last one I should have gotten...just lost my mind for a sec.

Great Job!!!
puttumupus*
May 31, 2007

pretty easy today..
cdsg-r*us*
May 31, 2007

I'm HORRIBLE at teasers, so I was feeling really smart until I read some of the other comments about how easy it was Oh well, I feel smart anyway. Fun Fun
bradon182001*us*
May 31, 2007

Did much better this year. Must be I've learned something over the past year. Thanks for the great teaser.
2ndhandroseca*
May 31, 2007

Hi blagh! The tenses are right.
rites and writes?

I liked it. made 1 slip up and spelled rites -wrights (not awake
yet) That's my excuse. I guess that gives me 9 and 1/2.

FUN
2ndhandroseca*
May 31, 2007

I think they're saing to
IMurray "The Jig is Up"

Very nice VLERMA that's the way
to think.

Sorry i always seem to double
post.
doeheadAus*
May 31, 2007

It was so easy,I got it before I woke up.
This was really sorry.
wyoguy*us*
May 31, 2007

Perhaps doehead needs more sleep.
hradilv**
May 31, 2007

Yeah, whey and way are NOT homonyms. Still pretty fun, I guess...
wandering_goat*
May 31, 2007

Good teaser. I actually didn't know that word for the milk thing (just call me uninterested), but I guessed "way" for the second part, so I consider that a half-mark!
cheeny13Aus*
May 31, 2007

This was fun!! Got them all with a little thinkin'! Great job!!



***Still waiting for teasers from doehead***

Show us what you've got in your head that makes you such a genius...
auntiesisAus*
May 31, 2007

I did well again this year, even though I didn,t remember doing it until I read my old comment. Keep up the good work.
Stupidenator*
May 31, 2007

I got it!!!
DreamchaserAus**
May 31, 2007

This was lots of fun, keep 'em coming
DreamchaserAus**
May 31, 2007

This was lots of fun, keep 'em coming
oddreyus*
May 31, 2007

Great one! Easy enough, but nto way to easy. And lots of fun too. Number one was pretty hard though. And the only reason i got number 5 was because of that one nursery rhyme,

Little miss muffet
sat on her tuffet
eating her curds and whey
along came a spider
and sat down beside her
frightening miss muffet away

evilfuzzymonste
May 31, 2007

Those aren't homonyms. "Right" (as opposed to wrong) and "right" (as opposed to left) are homonyms. The word part "nym" means "word".

The words in the riddle are homophones; "phone" means "sound".

I swear, nobody knows the word "homophone". Everyone calls them homonyms, the same way everyone calls initialisms acronyms, or misuse "nauseous" to mean "nauseated". Why have I always been the only person correcting these errors since third grade?
jcann*us*
May 31, 2007

evilfuzzymonste--please look for the meaning of "homonym" in the dictionary. We've had this whole discussion before and I'm not going to go into detail again, except to say that I have been teaching (3rd grade most of the time) for many years. There are three types of homonyms: homophones(to, too,two), homographs(bow as on a boat and bow as used with an arrow) , and
words spellled and pronounced the same but with different meanings (the noun quail an the verb quail).
I get my information from reputable dictionaries and lasnguage textbooks. If you have a different source, please let us know.

I enjoyed this teaser. It amazes me how people can learn English as a second language when we have so many of these homonyms as well as idioms to deal with.
jcann*us*
May 31, 2007

I guess I did go into detail--sorry!
siskiu*
May 31, 2007

Nice one from Becky D...everyone should read it...it was HARD well liike most people i got everyone except the first one wrong...u noe....teasers these days are getting kinda boring
ejhops*ca*
May 31, 2007

Very nice teaser. Personally i got elevate-annihilate for the first one (yeah, a bit of a stretch)

cute
XDeenaLeeXus
May 31, 2007

This was OK....

I have a riddle/physics question:

A man designed and built a rollercoaster at an amusement park. The first hill was lower than the second hill. Why did he get fired?
breathesunshineAus*
May 31, 2007

Fun and easy!
salepriceAca*
May 31, 2007

loved `em, got `em all right!
Easy peasy but then again I love words
cloughmeAws*
Jun 01, 2007

Pretty easy
speedqueenkmwAus*
Jun 13, 2007

got some
jimbo58A
Jun 11, 2010

I seldom post but I look in daily. The teasers are--like this one--usually very easy. The part I enjoy most is watching Immurray get everyone worked up. I am becoming quite an Immurray fan. He is certainly no sycophant and always calls it like he sees it. I don't always agree with him, but usually I do. While most of the posters are oohing and aahing over some yawner of a teaser, Immurray steps in and calls it a piece of pablum. And then it gets interesting. IMMURRAY RULES!
patiencewithaP*us*
Jun 11, 2010

Easy but fun! Thanks for posting!
mepapaAus*
Jun 11, 2010

this kind of teaser is not really my tihng, but I always try the daily. thanks for posting. BTW I haven't seen a comment from IMMURRY in a long time. and I wonder what's happened to doehead too?
gooberbaby1*us*
Jun 11, 2010

that was a good one,but don't go into the chat room and try to see if you can find me because I will NNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sad!
Babe*
Jun 11, 2013

Quick and easy. Got all of them except the last one. There sure are a lot of similiar teasers lately. They are fun, but something new would be nice. I am not good at making them up so do not ask why I don't do it. I just enjoy trying to figure them out. I don't have points either like I understand you have to have.
cutebugAus*
Jun 11, 2013

All this old talk about Imurray using a different name. Well I heard there is somebody on BRIANGLE now that is commenting under a different name. Does anybody else know who this is?
Maggiethe8th*us*
Jun 11, 2013

Loved that it took minimal figuring out-fun and gratifying!
gaylewolfAus*
Jun 11, 2013

Fun teaser - I got all but the last one, too! Thanks for posting!
jaycr*us*
Jun 11, 2013

Comment on the teaser: Not bad
Comment on the comments: Really?



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