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Curtail 4

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


Puzzle ID:#47517
Fun:*** (3.01)
Difficulty:*** (2.47)
Submitted By:MarcM1098Aca*****
Corrected By:MarcM1098




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. Position; observe -> Compete
2. Introductory textbook -> First in rank
3. School subject -> Floor covering
4. Written composition -> Show displeasure
5. Make again -> A colour
6. What person (objective) -> What person (subjective)
7. Close together; slow to learn -> Lairs
8. Therefore -> Unit of energy

Bonus: Take the eight curtailed letters and form a one-word anagram; you will find an assignment.

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Jul 16, 2010

Isn't redo to do again?
Jul 22, 2010

"Do again" is too obvious of a hint because it includes half of the answer.
Aug 16, 2010

Fun, most easy, a few more challenging, but I'm not complaining. I liked this teaser.
Aug 16, 2010

Good one! It seemed a lot tougher than previous teasers but still a lot of fun!
Aug 16, 2010

Harder than usual, and I needed the hint for a few of them. Makes a nice change when these are really a challenge, thank you.
Aug 16, 2010

I enjoy this kind of teaser. I was stuck on 1 and 4. I believe that the definition for view should be observe, not observing. I was tring to think of a word for compete that ended in "n" (removing a "g"). Also I think "book " is too general for a written composition. Books can be dictionaries, picture books, notebooks, etc. I is what is in the book that may be a written composition. I still liked the teaser, though.
Aug 16, 2010

I meant "It" is what is in a book---
Aug 16, 2010

Some pretty tough ones and some easy ones. I can't say I agree with everything, either, but overall, this is a good teaser, and I especially liked the idea of throwing in the bonus!
Aug 16, 2010

Using the word "vie" in one of the answers is ridiculous as it's a French word meaning end.
And it's a stretch calling "book" a written composition, which makes you think of an essay or book report.
Aug 17, 2010

"Vie" is an English word meaning "compete". It also happens to be a French word, (meaning "life" not "end") but I don't see how that is relevant.
Oct 01, 2011

Nice, though I agree that "observing" is a bit misleading.
Feb 08, 2013

I used facet and face for number 1.
Aug 16, 2013

It was okay. Number 4 was not too good a definition. I am like someone else that said book is a little much for "written composition". Otherwise I give it a thumbs up.
Aug 16, 2013

Tougher then other "curtail" puzzles. Nicely done.
Aug 16, 2013

I needed hints on most, but wound up getting all but one with them. I thought I was being slow, due to lack of sleep, but happy to see it really Is a little harder! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Aug 16, 2013

I laughed when I read the comment about "vie" being unfair as it is a French word, especially since the poster had no idea what the French word meant in English (for the record "fin" is the French word for end. IF we cannot use words that come from other languages, then I guess we can no longer use that word either (poor fishies what will they use to swim now?).
Anyway, I enjoyed it, not having all the words with the same letter added a level of difficulty.
Aug 16, 2013

Some tougher ones, I needed the hint for #4, and couldn't get #2 even with the hint. Good job, fun teaser
Aug 16, 2016

relatively easy, but overall excellent!!

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