A 'complete' word is a word in which every letter, in turn, can be replaced by another to form a new word.
For example, SEND is a complete word because:
Starting with SEND we can replace the S with an L to make LEND
Starting with SEND we can replace the E with an A to make SAND
Starting with SEND we can replace the N with an E to make SEED
Starting with SEND we can replace the D with a T to make SENT.
Which 2 of the following words are not complete words? Proper nouns (i.e. people's names) are not allowed.
Hint: As an example, the letters of HARD can be changed, in turn, to give CARD, HERD, HAND, HARP.
Answer: HANG and LEAN.
The remaining 8 words can be changed as follows:
HARD >> CARD, HERD, HAND, HARP
PORT >> FORT, PART, POET, PORE
DUCK >> MUCK, DECK, DUSK, DUCT
BAIL >> HAIL, BOIL, BAWL, BAIT
MAST >> CAST, MOST, MALT, MASK
THIN >> SHIN, TWIN, THAN, THIS
FIRE >> HIRE, FARE, FIVE, FIRM
READ >> BEAD, ROAD, REED, REAL
You have to be able to change EVERY letter to make a new word, so from HANG you can change H to make SANG, the A to make HUNG, and the G to make HAND, but you can't change the N to make a new word.
You find yourself playing a game with your friend. It is played with a deck of only 16 cards, divided into 4 suits: Red, Blue, Orange and Green. There are four cards in each suit: Ace, King, Queen and Jack. Ace outranks King, which outranks Queen, which outranks Jack - except for the Green Jack, which outranks every other card. If two cards have the same face value, then Red outranks Blue, which outranks Orange, which outranks Green, again except for the Green Jack, which outranks everything.
Here's how the game is played: you are dealt one card face up, and your friend is dealt one card face down. Your friend then makes some true statements, and you have to work out who has the higher card, you or your friend. It's that simple!
You are dealt the Blue King and your friend makes three statements:
1. My card would beat a Green King.
2. Knowing this, if my card is more likely to be a Jack than a Queen, then my card is a King. Otherwise, it isn't.
3. Given all of the information you now know, if my card is more likely to beat yours than not, then my card is Red card. Otherwise, it isn't.