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Puzzle ID:#35545
Fun:*** (2.92)
Difficulty:*** (2.1)
Category:Language
Submitted By:soccer_chick70Aus*****
Corrected By:MarcM1098

 

 

 



What do these six words have in common?

BACKSPLASH
BIRTHPLACE
MATCHSTICK
HEARTTHROB
THOUSANDTHS
ANGSTS

BONUS: What's so special about the word ANGSTS?



Answer

All of these contain a string of five consecutive consonants uninterrupted by vowels or spaces.

BONUS: ANGSTS is the shortest word in the English language with five consecutive consonants.

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Comments

shopaholicAus*
Mar 04, 2007

i got it AFTER i read the answer lolz yeah im 1st yipee
vlermaAus*
Mar 09, 2007

Well done. Did get the answers and the bonus, but again, very well done.
phrebh*us*
Apr 17, 2007

What about "gypsy"?
westbrookus*
Nov 22, 2009

I like that
bradon182001*us*
May 29, 2010

Clever.
elentirAus*
Oct 21, 2010

I would contend the bonus question. Crwth is shorter.
StarriddlerAus*
Oct 21, 2010

There's also "witchcraft" and a few more. Nice teaser! I couldn't get it.
kwelchansAus*
Oct 21, 2010

The bonus gave it away for me. And gypsy doesn't count because y is used as a vowel in that word. But I'm not sure ANGSTS is a word. I'll have to check on that.
doeheadAus*
Oct 21, 2010

ANGST is a German word meaning fear. ANGSTS is not a word !!! Therefore I gave this teaser an F.
elentirAus*
Oct 21, 2010

Angsts is a word. It is the plural form of angst. As in 'he had many angsts about the situation'.
patiencewithaP*us*
Oct 21, 2010

Good one! And even better that I got it right away
kasiecom*
Oct 21, 2010

they have 5 consonants in a row but not longest word, catchphrase has 6 in a row. just a little tidbit
auntiesisAus*
Oct 21, 2010

Cool teaser. Not too easy, but not too difficult.
spikethru4*au*
Oct 21, 2010

The ys in gypsy and the w in crwth are vowels, so those words do not have five consecutive consonants.
Babe*
Oct 21, 2013

This was not a very interesting one, but thanks anyhow for posting.
spikethru4*au*
Oct 21, 2013

Tsktsks has seven consecutive consonants (no vowel sounds). And yes, it's in the dictionary as an expression of disapproval.
gaylewolfAus*
Oct 21, 2013

It always surprises me to read that some people really dislike a certain puzzle and others really love it. *I* happen to love this type of teaser. It's so interesting to me to learn things like this about words. I didn't catch on to the answer but I'm going to remember it. More "word" teasers please!
gaylewolfAus*
Oct 21, 2013

PS Thank you, Spike and Kasie, for your comments!
eighsseAus*
Oct 21, 2013

I got it easily, the title helped somewhat. Also "strengths."
eighsseAus*
Oct 21, 2013

It's hyphenated, but how about "first-string" (as in the depth chart of an athletic team)? It has 6 consonants in a row.
Tilley*
Oct 21, 2016

Worthwhile!
gaylewolfAus*
Oct 21, 2016

I really like this type of teaser. I didn't get the correct answer, but I enjoyed it. T hanks for posting!

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