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Q: Word Play ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Word Play
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jimf1234-ga
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Posted: 30 May 2006 08:52 PDT
Expires: 29 Jun 2006 08:52 PDT
Question ID: 733666
There is a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time
you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word - from
nine letters right down to a single letter. What is the original word,
and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a
Subject: Re: Word Play
Answered By: hammer-ga on 30 May 2006 09:40 PDT

Your word is "startling". The letter removal progression is listed below. 


Thank you for your interesting word puzzle. This puzzle appears in a
number of places, but I found the answer posted on a discussion board

Crime Scene Discussion > The Coffee Shop > General Discussion > Game Zone

- Hammer

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word "nine letters" remove
Subject: Re: Word Play
From: probonopublico-ga on 30 May 2006 09:22 PDT
Good one!

You have got me thinking.

And millions of others, too, I guess.
Subject: Re: Word Play
From: thx1138-ga on 30 May 2006 10:21 PDT
Not for long though, Hammer-ga hit the nail on the head ;-)

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