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A Sparkling Puzzle

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

 

Puzzle ID:#39358
Fun:**** (3.14)
Difficulty:*** (2.26)
Category:Language
Submitted By:aresII*us******

 

 

 



Begin with the word "SPARKLING" and take away one letter so as to leave a new word. Then take away another letter from the new word and leave a different word. Continue this, letter by letter, getting a new word every time until you finally leave one word containing only one letter. You must not disturb the order of the remaining letters after a removal.




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Comments

zeepuzzlemasterca*
Nov 25, 2007

YAY! First comment

I've seen lots of puzzles like this...
Mon05Aca*
Nov 26, 2007

great teaser
mosca*us*
Nov 26, 2007

Very good teaser! I just went down the wrong path!
moody12345*us
Nov 28, 2007

That was great! I didnt get the exact answer but i still got down to 1 letter doing it a different way!
al111Agr*
Nov 30, 2007

good teaser
MzPink85*
Dec 03, 2007

good teaser, although i went in the completely wrong direction!
SweetPotatoAus*
Dec 28, 2007

Good one, thanks! I only got down to 6 letters ... lost patience with myself.
imaginarycanary
Dec 28, 2007

I got different answers, too, using a couple of obsolete words and one odd choice. But, hey, all the words were in the dictionary!
iffy_97kw
Dec 28, 2007

hey .... 4give moi 'coz i didnt hav enough patience 2 complete it but its a good teaser if there ever was 1!
tommysmo*
Dec 28, 2007

good job!
kwelchansAus*
Dec 28, 2007

moody12345, I'd be interested in seeing how you did it.
serenity815A*
Dec 28, 2007

Great teaser! Thanks
bradon182001*us*
Dec 28, 2007

I got started in another direction and never could get it down to one letter. I wanted the final letter to be A, but just couldn't do it. Great mind expanding teaser, Aresll.
2ndhandroseca*
Dec 28, 2007

It is a great teaser. Stupid me also took the wrong path. Got as far as Parking and paring. You stumped me!
GOOD ONE
SEND IN MORE!!!!
manatee_luvrAus*
Dec 28, 2007

Cool! I got sparking and then parking and then i got lost
carolynsAus*
Dec 28, 2007

I got it using different words: sparkling, sparling, parling, paling pling, ping, pin, in, I. They are all in the dictionary!
kwelchansAus*
Dec 28, 2007

Are sparling, parling, and pling real words?
redneckgal155Aus
Dec 28, 2007

Good Teaser.
I took a differnet pathb but it all worked out. :]
nerdyiscool*us*
Dec 28, 2007

See, I said PARKING, and then I was lost. I loved this teaser! Some of the Daily Teasers can be annoying because they'll be cryptographies or math, that only the very brainy can solve. This one was hard, but I enjoyed trying! Keep it up!
pve1423us*
Dec 28, 2007

That was an excellent teaser... really made you think.
lindquist_25Aus*
Dec 28, 2007

Cute.
dogg6pound9Aus*
Dec 28, 2007

excellent teaser ares... i got lost at "paring" also... and i was so sure of myself... i like these alot, keep 'em coming
Miss-AmericanDAus*
Dec 28, 2007

good teaser but it was a tad bit easy! GOOD JOB!
seventy7*us*
Dec 28, 2007

Fun teaser. nice to have an easy one now & then!
FatHeadAus*
Dec 28, 2007

I might have found it if I had known "prig". Oh well.
auntiesisAus*
Dec 28, 2007

Very nice teaser, a tad easy, but nice nevertheless. More, please..
jabdrAus*
Dec 28, 2007

I went the same direction as 2ndhandrose and nerdy..but loved the answer and the correct process. Thanks
wordmama*
Dec 28, 2007

Ditto rose & nerd.
TheSmartest*us*
Dec 29, 2007

Ah Man!!! I did it wrong... lol
I went
SPARKLING
SPARKING
PARKING
PARING

Then I was like "Is Aring a word?" lol
mondayschild59Aus*
Dec 29, 2007

I got lost a time or two, but I finally found my way back and got it. Great Teaser. Thanks for the post.

Monday~
twogross
Dec 29, 2007

Startling
starling
staring
string
sting
sing
sin
in
i
I did the parking-arking, and was lost
zaya*
Jan 04, 2008

Awesome teaser! Challenging, but no goofy words you've never heard of.

I started by building up, and got stuck on:
AKIN
KIN
IN
I

Then I tried again and got it.
BrainMaster21us
Dec 13, 2009

sweet
orion*
Dec 28, 2010

NICE TEASER
LeadsingerAus*
Dec 28, 2010

Another alternative route!

sparkling
sparling - Common smelt of
Europe.
parling - Seldom used present
participle conjugation of
the verb parle. Seldom
used base verb from the
following inflections:
parling, parled, parles,
parler, parlers, parlingly
and parledly
paring - Trim (something) by
cutting away its outer
edges.
parin - Genitive singular form of
pari.
parn - Poly(A)-specific
ribonuclease PARN is an
enzyme that in
humans is encoded by the
PARN gene.
par - An amount or level
considered to be average
pa - father/dad
a
patiencewithaP*us*
Dec 28, 2010

I went the route of leadsinger but went "parin," "pain," "pan," "pa," "a." Fun teaser...I love these!! Thanks!
precious1026Aus*
Dec 28, 2010

I thought this Teaser was Excellent, fun, easy but required a decent level of Thought. Keep these Coming. I bet everyone liked this one?
precious1026Aus*
Dec 28, 2010

I thought this Teaser was Excellent, fun, easy but required a decent level of Thought. Keep these Coming. I bet everyone liked this one?
eighsseAus*
Dec 28, 2013

Excellent teaser. It took me a few minutes, but I got it. I would have never known that "prig" is a word, if it weren't for the fact that it's in an album title of one of my favorite bands.
Babe*
Dec 29, 2013

Good one, But I too went a different route and lost patience and quit. Nice one though!
dsjtus*
Dec 30, 2013

Fun. But this teaser has many solutions...
catmomAus*
Oct 24, 2015

Oops, I should have read ALL of the directions. I changed the order of some of the letters.
dbakashojouAus*
Dec 28, 2016

I also got stuck with PARKING! Oh well, better luck next time!!

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