Snaps' TRIPE Question 4Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.
The Snapsinski Test of Responsiveness, Intelligence, Perceptivity and Elucidation (more commonly known as Snaps' TRIPE) is used to examine a person's excogitations of insensate disquisitions, inter alia (ie. a person's thoughts about senseless babble, among other things). Question 4 of Snaps' TRIPE is shown below.
"Question 4: Sort the following list of 15 words into three groups. Clearly explain why you decided to group the words in such a way. The words are:
alter, and, ant, ark, art, even, hard, hen, jam, just, mat, pet, rich, sea, trick."
Of the many hundreds of thousands of people who have attempted to understand Snaps' TRIPE only one person, Mr. Richard Shunary, received full marks on this question. He sorted the words into the following groups.
Group 1: and, jam, just, mat, pet, rich, sea
Group 2: alter, ark, even, hard, trick
Group 3: ant, art, hen
Can you explain why he grouped the words in this way?
HintInterestingly, Mr. Shunary didn't realise until after completing the question that his own NAME was involved in its solution.
AnswerThe reasons given by Mr. Shunary for these groupings were:
Group 1: words that can have letters at the end to form male names (Andrew, James, Justin, Matthew, Peter, Richard, Sean).
Group 2: words that can have letters at the beginning to form male names (Walter, Mark, Steven, Richard, Patrick).
Group 3: words that can have letters at the end and beginning (though not at the same time) to form male names (Grant/Anthony, Stuart/Arthur, Stephen/Henry).
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