Each of the following sets of letters can be made into a real word by adding three letters to the beginning, and the same three letters in the same order to the end.
For example, ANGLEM can have ENT added at the start and the end to become ENT + ANGLEM + ENT = ENTANGLEMENT.
[Ref: ZTVA] © Elliott Line This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (203.08) and is used with permission.
Hint: MIC + ROCOS + MIC = MICROCOSMIC
ENT + ERTAINM + ENT = ENTERTAINMENT
RED + ISCOVE + RED = REDISCOVERED
ING + ROW + ING = INGROWING
ANT + IOXID + ANT = ANTIOXIDANT
MIC + ROCOS + MIC = MICROCOSMIC
The BrainBashers Dictionary of Proverbs is running out of memory. Below are four well known proverbs with their vowels missing and the remaining letters are grouped in fours.
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bslw nchs ngbt slwr nchn gng
thnk frst ndth nspk
[Ref: ZNIT] © Kevin Stone
Hint: The first words of the proverbs are Do, Truth, Be, Think.
Do not bite the hand that feeds you.
Truth will out.
Be slow in choosing, but slower in changing.
Think first and then speak.
Can you complete the grid such that every row and column contains the digits 1 to 6.
All squares that are connected contain the same digit.
[Ref: ZBQB] © Johan de Ruiter Visit www.puzzlepicnic.com for more Staircases Puzzles.
Hint: Start with the three connected squares that contain the third column on the bottom row.
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?
Excellent: 41 words. Good: 35 words. Average: 28 words.
[Ref: ZTNJ] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Every word must contain the central letter.
afresh, cafe, chafe, chef, chief, fa, face, fair, fan, fancier, fancies, far, farce, fare, fear, fen, fern, fiance, fiche, fie, fin, finch, fine, finer, fir, fire, fish, fisher, franc, FRANCHISE, french, fresh, fries, if, infer, rife, safe, safer, scarf, serf, sheaf.
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