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Puzzle ZEHJ 



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Below are thirteen 5-letter words, each of which has had two of its letters removed.

In total, these 26 letters are A to Z.

The remaining letters in each word are in the correct order.

There are no words that are spelled differently based on location (favour / favor, etc) and there are no plurals.

Can you find the original words?
-ai-e s-ua- -e-el -o-ed -na-e fog-- c--mp b--jo -r-it -re-t -av-n mu--c mou--

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Answer
-ai-e + mz = maize s-ua- + qd = squad -e-el + jw = jewel -o-ed + fx = foxed -na-e + kv = knave fog-- + gy = foggy c--mp + lu = clump b--jo + an = banjo -r-it + ob = orbit -re-t + cp = crept -av-n + re = raven mu--c + si = music mou-- + th = mouth
The solution above uses common words, the solution below uses the less common word CLOMP.
-ai-e + mz = maize s-ua- + qd = squad -e-el + jw = jewel -o-ed + bx = boxed -na-e + kv = knave fog-- + gy = foggy c--mp + lo = clomp b--jo + an = banjo -r-it + fu = fruit -re-t + cp = crept -av-n + re = raven mu--c + si = music mou-- + th = mouth

 

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