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Category:Language
Submitted By:Terilynne88

 



What do the following words have in common?

Assess
Banana
Dresser
Grammar
Potato
Revive
Uneven
Voodoo


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Posted by renae on Jul 25, 2006

Very cool!

Posted by boodler on Jul 25, 2006

V. interesting! Took a few secs, but (fanfare) I got it!

Posted by somnambulist on Jul 26, 2006

cool! at first I was thinking, okay, something to do with consonants v. vowels...but then I looked at voodoo backward and ding! the light came on. Great teaser!

Posted by doghouse270 on Jul 26, 2006

cool teaser! didn't get it at first but then i saw grammar and i was like "wait if you put the first letter in the back you get the same thing" and it worked with all the other ones. really awesome teaser! keep em' coming!

Posted by GebbieRose on Aug 27, 2006

Simple but clever. Good job!

Posted by penguinboy on Aug 27, 2006

i was thinking that each of the words had at least two of one letter like voodoo has at least 2 o's and gramma had at least 2 a's and m's

Posted by OldChinaHand on Aug 27, 2006

Interesting and fun to workout.

Posted by penguinboy on Aug 27, 2006

lol didnt notice hint cause i got it from the daily teaser

Posted by DevilBunny on Aug 27, 2006

Isn't potato spelled with an E?

Posted by temisho on Aug 27, 2006

good one! devilbunny you gotta go back to first grade!! hehe

Posted by utnative on Aug 27, 2006

i only got the repeated letters part. didnt get the other part.great job and a great teaser.

Posted by Shriya on Aug 27, 2006

I too though just the way as penquinboy did. It was really hard for me. Good one.

Posted by azbee123 on Aug 27, 2006

fuuun!!!

Posted by starnz on Aug 27, 2006

How CLEVER is that!!! Great Job!!

Posted by Badger on Aug 27, 2006

Darn! Never saw it coming! Had lots of ideas about symetry, etc. but none of them right. Excellent work! Thanks!

PS: They still show the clip on TV where Dan Quail "corrects" the kid at the school spelling bee because she forgot the "e" in potato. (0)

Posted by markita1 on Aug 27, 2006

very cool i ma surprised that i got it right

Posted by Pizzazz2u on Aug 27, 2006

One can always get themselves to enjoy a different challenge. And this has a double to it, very good for a Braingle teaser. A slight bit of a tickle, but I enjoyed it, immensely.

Posted by jabdr on Aug 27, 2006

I knew it immediately. Perhaps it was entered in a different teaser category in July and I saw it while browsing. Enjoyed it then, and enjoy it now.

Posted by lazy-boy on Aug 27, 2006

This was pretty cool !

Posted by doka13 on Aug 27, 2006

heck yes, i love when i get these right!

Posted by Bruce_42 on Aug 27, 2006

You got me again, it thought this one would be simple but the answer I made was Bermuda

Posted by Trishgal on Aug 27, 2006

I saw all the repeated letters ,but did not grasp the link Anyway it is good to learn new things, so I appreciate the teaser.thx

Posted by brainy40 on Aug 27, 2006

I loved it!

Posted by doghouse270 on Aug 27, 2006

great teaser, I FINALLY GOT ONE! LoL,
lOvEd iT!

Posted by flowerz2010 on Aug 27, 2006

That Is So Coooooool

Posted by vlerma on Aug 27, 2006

Right over my head - great job. Took some work to come p with that many reversible words. More please?

Posted by IMCUL4E on Aug 27, 2006

COOL!
very unique way of looking at it.

Posted by ragdol13 on Aug 27, 2006

that was fun! and i got it right!! lol

Posted by iteachkids on Aug 27, 2006

LTSA Fun!

Posted by bradon182001 on Aug 27, 2006

This is one of the best teasers I've seen. I didn't get it by the way, was trying to work something out with vowels. Great job. This definitely will go into my favorites.

Posted by mi2mo2tx on Aug 27, 2006

Clever!! I don't think I'd ever have noticed that... nice one!

Posted by blondebookworm on Aug 27, 2006

that was SO much fun! I totally loved your teaser. it was pretty easy to get, ( I knew the answer by the second word) but still really clever. good job.

Posted by POPS on Aug 27, 2006

I thought it was two sets of the same letters in each word untill I saw Voodoo then I gave up Close but no cigar Loved it, good job Goes in my watch list.

Posted by Mellew on Aug 27, 2006

and 99%of people tried! lol

Posted by mllee1974 on Aug 27, 2006

I am a hint junkie!!! This hint did not help me...oh well..great teaser!

Posted by lmurray on Aug 27, 2006

HEN HAO! VERY GOOD

Posted by josty on Aug 27, 2006

they all also have 2 pairs of the same letter

Posted by heyman on Aug 27, 2006

These are the most frustrating. Because I sit there trying to figure out the issue KNOWING it is something like "take the first letter and put at the end and when you read backwards, it is the same word!"

Okay, I'm feeling better now!

Posted by MurfQ on Aug 28, 2006

Very nice. Only thing I would have liked to see though was that the hint really should have been part of the instructions so people like me wouldn't look at it and immediately dismiss it as just being multiple pairs of double letters and too obvious for anything.

It doesn't help of course when you get them via the daily email where the hints aren't available till you click the link for the answer, but that's a site annoyance and has nothing to do with your cool teaser

Posted by RRAMMOHAN on Aug 29, 2006

A great teaser! Didnt get it!
Could only get so far as to note that each word had two letters in doubles. Definitely one of my favourites! Thanks for the selection!

Posted by ava199345 on Aug 29, 2006

this is another "Ohhh...I get it(now)" teaser

Posted by Qrystal on Aug 30, 2006

hm. I like my answer better:
take off the first letter, and the rest is a palindrome. I guess it's all the same in the end... since "reading backwards" is pretty much how palindrome is defined.

Posted by Terilynne88 on Aug 30, 2006

Thanks for all the great comments everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by luvdoritos706 on Aug 31, 2006

WOW!!!!! u know i never saw these before.....very very nice

Posted by FeaerFactorY666 on Sep 02, 2006

Very nice!

Posted by solarsistim321 on Sep 05, 2006

CLEVER! going to the top! 3.3 the most popular fer now nice job!!!

Posted by solarsistim321 on Sep 05, 2006

wait, potatoe potato, lol

Posted by teen_wiz on Oct 08, 2006

This is awesome! Great teaser!

Posted by grungy49 on Oct 28, 2006

Man... good teaser, though this idea is not original.

Read Smee's comment on the teaser link below, made in March earlier this year, 4 months earlier than this teaser was submitted.

Copy and paste this into your address bar.

http://www.braingle.com/brainteasers/
teaser.php?id=22537

(It didn't let me use words longer than 50 characters, so I had to break up that end bit.)

Posted by lukeschett on Apr 17, 2007

Don't be so negative. This was a good teaser.

Posted by lkp68 on Jun 07, 2007

That was cool! Thanks!

Posted by amymarie1123 on Jul 16, 2008

I thought it was neat


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Posted by Vivica on Aug 28, 2009

Cool!!

Posted by sageowl3106 on Aug 28, 2009

Or... you could just call it a palindrome.

Posted by doehead on Aug 28, 2009

This has been in many publications, but it's interesting if you've never seen it.

Posted by crazy10man on Aug 28, 2009

I've never seen it, and I thought it was very clever. Loved it!

That's the trouble with life nowadays; everything's been around before in one form or another.

Posted by tova_l on Aug 28, 2009

Great teaserr! I got it right away! There's been something like this going around in email too, so that helped a bit. Going in my favorites right away!

Posted by auntiesis on Aug 28, 2009

I thought it was repeated letters as some others did. I never noticed the hint. Good one, actually one of my faves.

Posted by patiencewithaP on Aug 28, 2009

Great teaser!

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009

They also each have 6 letters.

Posted by craniac on Aug 28, 2009

way cool!

Posted by racoonieboy on Aug 13, 2010

I would've answered that the letters after the first one are palindromes. But that works as well.

Posted by Babe on Aug 29, 2012

Devilbunny is correct. When I went to school it was potatoe and tomatoe, but somewhere along the line it was changed and argued about for some time, but originally it was with an E. nice teaser all the same.

Posted by gaylewolf on Aug 29, 2012

Babe, I'm curious about where you went to school. The only time I've seen potato and tomato spelled with an "e" is when the words are made plural. Good puzzle!

Posted by cutebug on Aug 29, 2012

Babe, I'm with Gayle on this one. Your spelling teacher must flunked spelling.

Posted by HABS2933 on Aug 29, 2012

I've never seen it with an "e" either, but then maybe it was changed before I got to school. OR perhaps babe and Quayle had the same spelling teacher.
I think the original comment about the "e" was in reference to that (if you look at the date of it).

Posted by dsjt on Aug 29, 2012

My guess was:

If you remove the first letter from each word, they are all palindromes.

Posted by asupmdr on Aug 29, 2012

A simpler answer is that each word has two each of two letters. Terilynne88's answer is much more elegant.

Posted by thedavincigame on Aug 29, 2012

I loved this teaser so much I decided to write a sentence using the same format:

Willi Greer at a belle gala too ?

(Referring to William Greer, JFK's driver)


thedavincigame.com

Posted by here2 on Aug 29, 2012

Might have been interesting to add a word that didn't have two sets of repeat letters. Perhaps "To" or "go" (or any other two letter word). Or even a four letter one like "Data" or "Fete" or "Mete".

Posted by eamon on Aug 29, 2012

I didn't bother with the hint so I just got words with at least two pairs of repeated letters.

As an aside, I can't believe how often the Dan Quayle "spellinge lessone" keeps popping up in these things.

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