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Missing Letters 4

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


Puzzle ID:#34559
Fun:*** (2.93)
Difficulty:** (1.98)
Submitted By:jazzmusician46Aau*****




Below are incomplete words. Place three letters in each bracket so that you can complete the word on the left and begin the word on the right. Good luck.

i (_ _ _) lar
lat (_ _ _) ror
phan (_ _ _) atoe
indica (_ _ _) toise
sc (_ _ _) na
thr (_ _ _) egal

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Mar 21, 2007

1st to comment! yay!

hi jazz, sorry, i read my messages after i recovered my account. my friend from school had found my password. i am very sorry at what has happened. now i have bad karma

i saw that you said you gave me bad karma, any way of it going back up please?
Apr 14, 2007

Love these 'Missing Letters'!
Apr 14, 2007

So what is a tomatoe?

Ffs, if you're going to submit a word-teaser, at least make sure you can spell!
Apr 14, 2007

Simple one this time. The last two were relatively more difficult compared to the earlier ones. All the same, enjoyable!
Apr 14, 2007

Thanks! That was nice.
Apr 14, 2007

Great teaser, but I must agree...

Apr 14, 2007

I don't know about tomato but the word potato used to be spelled "potatoe". Now it is considered archaic and a misspelling though. The funny thing is my mum adds an "e" to both of these words as well - must be an Australian thing!
Apr 14, 2007

Thanks guys

Well smudge, before you begin attempting to level criticism at my spelling, perhaps you need to do some research. In Australia, we spell 'TOMATO' with an 'E'; the same way we spell 'POTATO', with an 'E'. Clearly, all 10 editors from Braingle who voted 'YES' to this teaser realised (realized) English spelling differs slightly from country to country.
Apr 14, 2007

Got all easy except arena. Just couldn't think of it. DUH. Enjoyed it though.
Apr 14, 2007

Apr 14, 2007

very nice teaser.and you are right about the diffrent waye diffierent countries spell a little diffrent then others.seems like threre are peaple out there that just cant wait to riddacule ..
Apr 14, 2007

Great teaser, and even greater lesson in how different countries spell words defferently. I never really thought about that before. Goes to prove that Braingle is an escellent educator in many ways.
Apr 14, 2007

OOps, that should be excellent educator.
Apr 14, 2007

Very well done!
Apr 14, 2007

Very well done and enjoyable! I like these kind of teasers very much - keep them coming!
Apr 14, 2007

A Very teasing and good teaser, this morning! It went easy for me, today. But, that could be just luck, because here in the States, one tries to give an allowance for spellings of words. Especially, if one works crossword puzzles, often enough. Keep it up, Jazz!
Apr 14, 2007

This teaser was easier than the others like it. I got them all at first glance. It was a good self esteem booster this morning.

And I also enjoyed the lesson on different spellings from country to country. A great day at Braingle all around!!!!!!
Apr 14, 2007

I really liked this missing letter puzzle. I didn't get them all, but had fun trying. I already knew about some other countries using different spelling, because I'm an avid reader and have read many novels from authors from England and other places. But excellant teaser, Jazz. Keep up the good work.
Apr 14, 2007

Tomato, Tomatoe, Potato, Potato,
In Canada it can be Tomatu or Potatu. Short u's. Anyhoo.. I got 1/2 correct. Now I understand the words on both sides endor begin with the 3 letters U put in the middle. I like these!! Thanx for the challenge.
Apr 14, 2007

Is there a way to correct spelling errors after U see what you wrote??
s/b one of the potatoes should have an e on it. Oops!!
Apr 14, 2007

webster's dictionary haas no word in its dictionary of tomato with an e -at the end, and they would have all the varients of the spelling of a word in its dictionary I am sure.
Apr 14, 2007

luved it!
Apr 14, 2007

i kept thinkin is it tomatoe or tomato.. finally i googled it to check. darn my spellin sux too :-(

Nice one jazz..
Apr 14, 2007

loved it but couldn't get the 1st one,duh. more,please
Apr 14, 2007

Another great one as usual Jazz. Loved it. More please.
Apr 14, 2007

Thanks guys. All great comments!

Re the difference in spelling: Even a songwriter from the 1940s knew of the differences that occurfrom country to country..."You say potato, I say potarto; you say tomato, I say tomarto...potato, potarto, tomato, tomarto; let's call the whole thing off!"

I hop dat hellps wif the pore speling that somtim heppans on dis forem!
Apr 25, 2007

Well done...I got it, but it took time. Thank you.
Jun 11, 2007

Aw, I got stuck trying to think of a four-letter word starting with 'i'. Good thing I moved on, because I got the rest! Couldn't get 'idol' though even when I went back to it. Ya got me~!
Jun 12, 2007

Sorry Qrystal
Apr 14, 2010

Apr 14, 2010

I see you've been keeping yourself busy, Mr. Quayle.
Apr 14, 2010

Sorry to double-post, but, having skimmed through the other posts now, I feel I must add that I can find no credible evidence about Australians spelling the words POTATO and TOMATO with the E. The plural forms -OES and the singular with -O are the same as in American or British English. Australian English is largely British English with its own bits of culture stirred in as far as I can tell.

Yes - people should allow for international differences, but, not for private ("my grandma spelled it this way") ones. I have seen the incorrect spellings used as a pronunciation aid (TOE or TUH sound) or using it as a joke or to ask about the spelling etc. Perhaps this led to the confusion. Thanks.
Apr 14, 2010

kurse yuu spel chek!!!
Apr 14, 2013

I thought this was well done, nice job.
For the people who post negative comments followed by smiley faces . . . well you can fill in the blanks.
Apr 14, 2013

I did not understand the explanations, so had to peek at the very first answer to understand, then I got the rest ecxept one. To those correcting the spelling, in my day many years ago both potato and tomato were spelled with an e at the end. Suddenly it is no longer proper. Go figure.
Apr 14, 2013

e's or no e's,this was very easy.
Apr 14, 2013

I'm a little surprised that no one explained tomatoe the way I know it. Growing up in the south (Tennessee, to be exact), I grew up with calling certain tomatoes pronounced tom a toes with the accent on tom. Surely there are others who know this usage.
Apr 14, 2013

We were always taught that there was no E - I thought perhaps it was a regional thing so tried looking it up, nowhere can I find a reference to the E. Other words that are spelled differently (re vs er, S vs Z, or U vs no U) there is a notation of both being correct.
Some may recall the ridicule Dan Qualye suffered when he spelled it with the E.
Apr 14, 2013

Enjoyed the game and the discussion. The following is from "American Heritage Dictionary:"
to·ma·to n., pl. to·ma·toes. 1.a. A widely cultivated South American plant having edible, fleshy, usually red fruit. b. The fruit of this plant. 2. Slang. A woman regarded as attractive. [Alteration of Spanish tomate, from Nahuatl tomatl.]

WORD HISTORY: It has been said that the real contributions to world civilization were made by the unknown inhabitants of the Americas who domesticated plants such as the potato and squash and not by the great pre-Columbian civilizations, including that of the Aztecs. The tomato was another contribution, its name coming ultimately from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs as well as by other groups in Mexico and Central America. The Spanish, who conquered the area, brought back the tomato to Spain and, borrowing the Nahuatl word tomatl for it, named it tomate, a form shared in French, Portuguese, and early Modern English. Tomate, first recorded in 1604, gave way to tomato, a form created in English either because it was assumed to be Spanish or under the influence of the word potato. In any case, as is well known, people resisted eating this New World food at first because its membership in the Nightshade family made it suspect, but it is now eaten throughout the world while Aztec civilization is memorialized by ruins.
Apr 14, 2013

just wanted to add, that I did enjoy the teaser, it was fun and even with the spelling issue, it was easy to solve.

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