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# Dropboxes VI

In this teaser, you will be given rows, each with three clues. The answer to the second clue of any row will consist of the letters -- usually rearranged -- of the answer to the first clue in that row, minus one letter. The answer to the third clue, likewise, will consist of the letters from the second answer, minus one. If you put each dropped letter into the box following the word from which it was dropped, reading down the two columns of boxes will give a phrase, or two terms that are somehow related.

1. Pester [_] 2. Facial hair [_] 3. Exposed

4. Showed up [_] 5. Eclectic [_] 6. Spoke wildly

7. Tastes [_] 8. Paper piercer [_] 9. Type of wheat

10. Run playfully [_] 11. Shriek [_] 12. Concerns

13. Superficial [_] 14. Permits [_] 15. Perimeter

16. Express a belief [_] 17. Lidless [_] 18. "The Raven" author

19. Leave behind [_] 20. Wind instrument parts [_] 21. Fortune-teller

22. Mortar's counterpart [_] 23. Slumbered [_] 24. Strike repeatedly

1. Pester [_] 2. Facial hair [_] 3. Exposed

4. Showed up [_] 5. Eclectic [_] 6. Spoke wildly

7. Tastes [_] 8. Paper piercer [_] 9. Type of wheat

10. Run playfully [_] 11. Shriek [_] 12. Concerns

13. Superficial [_] 14. Permits [_] 15. Perimeter

16. Express a belief [_] 17. Lidless [_] 18. "The Raven" author

19. Leave behind [_] 20. Wind instrument parts [_] 21. Fortune-teller

22. Mortar's counterpart [_] 23. Slumbered [_] 24. Strike repeatedly

### Answer

1. badger [G] 2. beard [D] 3. bare4. arrived [R] 5. varied [I] 6. raved

7. palates [A] 8. staple [A] 9. spelt

10. scamper [P] 11. scream [M] 12. cares

13. shallow [H] 14. allows [O] 15. walls

16. opine [I] 17. open [N] 18. Poe

19. desert [T] 20. reeds [D] 21. seer

22. pestle [E] 23. slept [S] 24. pelt

"Graphite" and "diamonds" -- two contrasting forms of carbon.

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## Comments

I love your Dropboxes series! This is the only one so far I've been able to solve by myself without looking at part of the answer...

Thanks! So glad you like them

And they are pretty tough, so if you even get close to solving them, that's pretty good. I probably couldn't solve them myself if I hadn't been the one to make them.

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