Below are thirteen words, each of which has had two letters removed. The remaining letters are in the correct order. Between them, the thirteen words have had the letters A-Z removed, each once only. Can you find the original words?

BAG
DED
DIA
UOA
IDE
OEL
UMS
PYY
GOU
NAL
CRA
UMB
DTY

Hint: These are the first letters of the words: B, D, D, Q, I, V, B, P, G, F, C, J, D.

Answer:

BAG >> BADGE
DED >> DAZED
DIA >> DIARY
UOA >> QUOTA
IDE >> INDEX
OEL >> VOWEL
UMS >> BUMPS
PYY >> PYGMY
GOU >> GHOUL
NAL >> FINAL
CRA >> CRACK
UMB >> JUMBO
DTY >> DUSTY

Puzzle 52

Three people check into a hotel.

They pay £30 to the manager and go to their room.

The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is £25 and gives £5 to the bellboy to return to the people.

On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that £5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets £2 and gives £1 to each person.

Now each person paid £10 and got back £1.

So they paid £9 each, totalling £27. The bellboy has £2, totalling £29.

Where is the missing £1?

[Ref: ZVTU]

Hint: Be careful of what you're adding.

Answer:
We have to be careful what we are adding together.

Originally, they paid £30, they each received back £1, they now have only paid £27.
Of this £27, £25 went to the manager for the room and £2 went to the bellboy.

Puzzle 53

Using eight eights and addition only, can you make 1000?

[Ref: ZPFG]

Hint: You can join 8s together to make numbers such as 88.

Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000.

Puzzle 54

How many 3-letter words can you find in this list of letters.

The letters of each word appear horizontally and together, and in normal reading order.

Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central F and no letter can be used twice, however, the letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?