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Curtail Y

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


Puzzle ID:#46757
Fun:**** (3.24)
Difficulty:** (1.64)
Submitted By:MarcM1098Aca*****




When you curtail a word, you remove the last letter and still have a valid word. You will be given clues for the two words, longer word first.
Example: Begin -> Heavenly body
Answer: The words are Start and Star.

1. Local region of land -> Determine the number
2. Small -> A metallic element
3. Sarcasm -> A metallic element
4. Red gem -> Cause friction
5. Slick -> Foot covering
6. Prepared -> Understand something written
7. Analyse; learn -> House frame upright
8. Paralysis of a body part with uncontrolled tremors -> Friends

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Apr 19, 2010

A great end (?) to a great series, Marc; thanks!! I'm waiting for Z, of course!! That will challenge you - and us.
May 18, 2010

This was great, but I gots me a questiion...
I do not understand #7
An, "upright house frame," is a "stud?"
Someone please expain?


May 18, 2010

sorry, "House Frame Upright."
May 18, 2010

Many houses are built on a light-weight frame. If you could look inside your wall, you would see upright pieces (usually 2-by-4s) called studs, and horizontal pieces called plates.
May 18, 2010

good explanation of a stud Marc, Though tin is a combination of metallic elements and not an element itself , close enough I suppose because even I could figure it out. Thanks.
May 18, 2010

Good teaser, really had to give several of them a lot of thought. Thanks for posting.
May 18, 2010

The "house frame upright" clue barely made sense, but I got it anyway.

and Tin is an element... look at the periodic table.
May 18, 2010

builder, Tin is an element of itself. #50 on the periodic table abbreviation of Sn.

I lurve my periodic table!
May 18, 2010

Great teaser! Needed the hint for the last one but got 'em all!
May 18, 2010

Fun! I came up with a different answer for #1. I had padd, and add. Use to referenceing different PADD's in the oil and gas business. Whoops!!
May 18, 2010

love these though you got me on count and county..we dont use the term county in Australia so much any more.. thanks for getting my brain going
May 18, 2013

So many like these. After a while you get bored.
May 18, 2013

These would be more challenging if the letter to be dropped from the end of the first word weren't always the same letter, in this case "y."
May 18, 2013

I enjoyed it as I always do. For those who want the challenge of not knowing the letter, just look at Marc's other teasers he has a bunch of those too.
I am really surprised at those who did not get (as in understand) the "stud' one, I thought te fact that that the upright pieces of wood (or metal) that frame a house were called "studs" was common knowledge, I knew it, and I know nothing about tools or building or construction at all.
Marc, I went to see if you've done Z yet, and noticed there are a number of letters missing! I know it can't be easy to find words that work for each letter that work in these (the behead ones as well), but I was looking forward to doing the whole alphabet before I tackle the ones that the letter is unknown.
May 18, 2013

There is no "Curtail Z", I couldn't find enough words to do a whole teaser on just that, but I think there are few Z-ending words in the regular Curtail series (where each word ends in a different letter).
May 18, 2016

No comments ??

But ... but ..... what can I comment on if there are no comments to comment on?

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