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#1067879 - Mon Oct 06 2014 03:22 AM Words within a word.
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There is a five-letter word containing five other words within itself. The letters that make
up the word do not have to be rearranged in any way. Also, each word is complete,
with no intervening letters. What is the word?

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#1067886 - Mon Oct 06 2014 04:32 AM Re: Words within a word.
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There.

Click to reveal..
the, here, he, her, ere and if you want to stretch it, re is an accepted word in crossword puzzles.


Edited by mehaul (Mon Oct 06 2014 05:38 AM)
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#1067891 - Mon Oct 06 2014 05:37 AM Re: Words within a word.
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That was quick, mehaul. I'll have to think up a hard one.

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#1067892 - Mon Oct 06 2014 05:39 AM Re: Words within a word.
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If you read the spoiler, you might want to update your number of words to six.
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#1067942 - Mon Oct 06 2014 11:55 AM Re: Words within a word.
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Mehaul, I suppose six is correct. It looks as though our sources are different. Mine said "(is re a word?)" But you are right, re is an acceptable word, I'm sure.

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#1067955 - Mon Oct 06 2014 02:43 PM Re: Words within a word.
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I found SPARE. Spa, spar, par, pare, are. Plus 're'.
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#1067967 - Mon Oct 06 2014 05:08 PM Re: Words within a word.
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CHAIR has a couple of obscure words, but still works.

Cha, chai, ha, hair, air.
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#1068015 - Tue Oct 07 2014 01:11 AM Re: Words within a word.
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baldhair, my source is me. I did not look anything up as 'our sources' implies.

Thanks for the challenge.
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#1068026 - Tue Oct 07 2014 05:49 AM Re: Words within a word.
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That's all very interesting. I had no idea there were other words that qualified - thanks oz, and well done. It was, of course, a bit of a catch question, since the answer was there (!) in the question itself. My apologies, mehaul. I've been collecting these little puzzles for ages, from a variety of sources: books, newspapers, magazines. I can't now remember where individual items came from, apart from a series of logic problems adapted from books by Raymond Smullyan that have fascinated me for years. I solved most of them at the time, though not all, and not without severe headaches in some cases, particularly some of Smullyan's. I'll offer you one now and then, to keep things ticking over.



Edited by baldhair (Tue Oct 07 2014 05:52 AM)

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#1068027 - Tue Oct 07 2014 06:08 AM Re: Words within a word.
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It is interesting that all three answers rhyme.

How about STARE? Star, tare, tar, are, re. smile
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#1068032 - Tue Oct 07 2014 07:33 AM Re: Words within a word.
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Adding to Oz's Spare: spa, spar, par, pare, are, re (Sp as an abbr for Spanish in lexicography, pa and PA as a familiar family name and state code and AR as a state postal code)


Edited by mehaul (Tue Oct 07 2014 08:41 AM)
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#1068050 - Tue Oct 07 2014 12:44 PM Re: Words within a word.
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Well, well! Who'd have thought so many other words would fit the bill. I like your lengthy stretch, mehaul - 10 no less.

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#1068051 - Tue Oct 07 2014 01:02 PM Re: Words within a word.
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Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
It is interesting that all three answers rhyme.

How about STARE? Star, tare, tar, are, re. smile



If we are adding in abbreviations.... ST for street, AR for Arkansas, ta for "goodbye" or Thank You, depending on the country.

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#1068099 - Wed Oct 08 2014 05:38 AM Re: Words within a word.
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There's also WHERE - he, her, here, er, ere, re. That rhymes too!

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#1068100 - Wed Oct 08 2014 05:51 AM Re: Words within a word.
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A non-rhyming one could be CHART- Cha, char, ha, hart, ar, art.
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#1223477 - Thu Mar 28 2019 03:48 AM Re: Words within a word.
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PINED?

Pi Pin Pine In Ned

(Ned is a Scottish thug)
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#1223478 - Thu Mar 28 2019 03:50 AM Re: Words within a word.
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SPATS?

Spa, Spat, Pat, Pa, At
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#1223489 - Thu Mar 28 2019 01:41 PM Re: Words within a word.
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How about PLEAT ... Plea, Leat, Lea, Eat, At

A Leat is an artificial water trench especially leading to or from a mill.

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#1223542 - Fri Mar 29 2019 04:15 AM Re: Words within a word.
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SLATE: Slat, La, Lat, Late, Ate, At
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