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Letter Juggle

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


Puzzle ID:#46611
Fun:*** (3.07)
Difficulty:** (1.53)
Submitted By:MarcM1098Aca*****




Take the given words, and by moving a single letter from one word to the other, make a pair of synonyms, or near synonyms. For example, given: Boast - Hip, move the 's' from 'Boast' to 'Hip' creating two synonyms: Boat - Ship.

1. Claw - At
2. Rag - Below
3. Shred - Ban
4. Table - Seven
5. Potless - Purse


1. Legal terms
2. Storm words
3. Farm buildings
4. Not changing
5. Innocent


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Mar 26, 2010

Good one!
Mar 26, 2010

Yea. It's a good one. In fact more difficult to me than the first. How/Why? I don't know.
Mar 26, 2010

Yea. It's a good one. In fact more difficult to me than the first. How/Why? I don't know.
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Mar 27, 2010

very clever thanks
Apr 27, 2010

That was hard. I had to use the hint. eventually I got all of them. Thanks!
Apr 27, 2010

Very clever. Though I wasn't aware you could move the letters around to form the new words . . .
Apr 27, 2010

Good one. Needed the hint on #4.
Apr 27, 2010

Just curious how numbers 1 and 2 are related?
Apr 27, 2010

Not sure what you mean crazy10man; except for the one letter which is moved, none of the other letters are re-arranged.
Apr 27, 2010

elentir, one of the definitions of "act" is: "a formal decision, LAW, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress."
Apr 27, 2010

I did guess rage and blow, but I thought that one was a bit of a stretch. Otherwise, though, I liked this teaser a lot! Keep'em coming
Apr 27, 2010

i figured them out , but the the example given was misleading because the letters in hip and ship remain in the original order , good quiz though once i figured it out ,
Apr 27, 2010

I don't understand the confusion with the letters not remaining in the same order. All the letters stayed in the same order - the moved letter just wasn't always the first letter like the example.
Apr 27, 2010

Fun but definitely needed the hint on a few! Great teaser!
Apr 27, 2010

I had to use the hint, and then I got them all except the first one. I wasn't thinking of "act" as an act of congress, but I get it now. I was looking more for terms used in a court trial. This was really fun and a new kind of word puzzle for me.
Apr 27, 2010

OK, and what about number 2 - how do rage and blow equate?
Apr 27, 2010

Really good teaser. Enjoyed working them out. Thanks for posting.
Apr 27, 2010

I enjoyy these Teasers.
Apr 28, 2010

I love this one, easy even without the hint. Rage and blow could both refer to the stormy weather. I had no trouble seeing a connection.
May 01, 2010

I was confused for the first one, I thought it was cat, but otherwise I like this puzzle. Thanks for posting it!
May 27, 2010

elentir- because if a storm is raging it is blowing. gr8 teaser
Apr 27, 2013

It was okay. Almost the same as the last couple of teasers except no beheading, just moving them around. Ho Hum!
Apr 27, 2013

Missed the last one.
Apr 27, 2013

Loved it! Though I did not understand multiple comments about the letters moving?!?
Though similar to the idea of the behead and curtail puzzles this one was different enough to be fun as well. Liked the fact that the letter removed was not always from the same word (1st or 2nd) nor in the same position in the word, which made it a bit more challenging than some past teasers.
On a site that has been up as long as this one has and that has as many teasers posted as it does, it can be hard to come up with new and original ideas.
Apr 27, 2013

Just hard enough to stimulate the brain, but not so hard to cause me to give up! Enjoyable Teaser!!
Apr 29, 2013

I remembered the Rage-Blow from the last time, but I still don't think those two equate. Using the raging storm analogy, one could also equate rage to clouds which aren't valid synonyms either.
Apr 27, 2016

Fun and easy teaser; I got all of then right away.
Apr 27, 2016

I liked this one and got all but the last one! Thanks for posting!
Apr 27, 2016

Good teaser!
elentir - I do agree that rage/blow is a stretch; in fact, when I figured out "rage/blow", my first thought was, "Could that really be it..?" However, I do see it as a valid synonym. "The storm raged." "The storm blew." "The storm clouded" would not mean the same. 'Rage' and 'blow' are synonyms, but only in the single sense of a storm, which is why it is causing confusion. As an extreme example, what if I said that 'cook' and 'work' are synonyms, because in the case of a professional chef, working is cooking. That would be too extreme, but in the case of 'rage/blow,' my opinion is that it is a fair stretch.
Apr 27, 2016

One other thing: 'Rage/blow' would work better in a crossword puzzle or other clue/answer puzzle. i.e., Clue: "Blow, as a storm", Answer: "rage"

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