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.
An ant has six legs, a spider has eight legs and a mouse has four legs.
In my zoo, I recently counted 612 legs which came from an equal number of each of these animals.
Can you identify how many animals there are in my zoo?
[Ref: ZPEQ] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Remember that there are an equal number of each animal.
Answer: 102 animals: 34 of each.
As there are the same number of each animal, for every ant, spider and mouse we have 18 legs.
612 ÷ 18 = 34 of each animal.
Which gives a total of 34 x 3 = 102 animals. QED.
These words can all have a letter added and then be rearranged to make a new 5-letter word, e.g. noun union NOUN + I = UNION.
The 7 added letters are an anagram of a 7-letter word.
What is the 7-letter word, and what are the new words?
[Ref: ZQUH] © Kevin Stone
MAIL + C =
EXIT + S = EXI ST
GOSH + T = GHOS T
CITY + H = ITC HY
NEWT + I = TW INE
DENY + E = N EEDY
MINI + M = MINI M
And the letters CSTHIEM spell CHEMIST.