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A five letter word (Posted on 2015-12-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
If AB, BC, CD and DE are common English words, what familiar word is DCABE?

Source: David L. Silverman, Word Ways, August 1969.

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re(2): answer | Comment 4 of 6 |
(In reply to re: answer by broll)

A whittled down set, selecting generally familiar words and, IMO, common two letter words:

AMBER   BE  EM  MA  AR
EMBER   BE  EM  ME  ER
HOUSE   US  SO  OH  HE
IMAMS   AM  MM  MI  IS
IMBED   BE  EM  MI  ID
LEMMA   MM  ME  EL  LA
MAMMA   MM  MA  AM  MA
MAMMY   MM  MA  AM  MY
MESHY   SH  HE  EM  MY
MUMMY   MM  MU  UM  MY
ROUSE   US  SO  OR  RE
UNHIP   HI  IN  NU  UP

I consider the spellings of the English letters and Greek letters as common. Which interjections to allow is highly subjective, but I chose those I see outside of the crossword game. There are other two letter words than the ones included here that I consider common, but the five letter word formed is not that familiar.

If the Hindu/Buddhist mantra syllable OM were to be considered a common word, two more familiar words can be added to the list:
MOUSE   US  SO  OM  ME
MOUSY   US  SO  OM  MY

Personally, I find OS can be considered common. It is a plural of the letter O (which is why it should be considered common), as well as having other meanings in anatomy [bone and opening to a passage]. If added to the list, along with OM:
MOOSE   OS  SO  OM  ME



Edited on December 30, 2015, 10:03 am
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2015-12-30 02:37:57

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