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Within the light gray area form eight common 6-letter English words vertically. Then form an 8-letter word in the yellow spaces at the top using only one letter from the three letters just below each one in the top half of the gray area. Then form a second 8-letter word in the yellow spaces at the bottom, and in this case for each position use only one letter from among the three immediately above each in the bottom half of the gray area.

The title is a clue to the two 8-letter words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

B

 

F

E

P

 

U

 

 

D

 

N

 

F

 

B

R

 

Z

 

R

 

P

R

 

B

 

 

 

I

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

C

C

 

U

E

E

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From Mensa Puzzle Calendar 2018 by Fraser Simpson, Workman Publishing, New York. Puzzle for October 1.

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A U  D  I  T  I  O  N

-----------------------

F B  E  F  E  P  U

A U  D  I  N  I  N

B R   i  Z  T  R  P

R E  B  Z  O  A  A

I  A  L   L  M C  C

C U  E  E  B  Y   K

---------------------

C  A  L  L  B  A  C  K


- common sense gives 

AUDITION

- fab gives

Fabric

- bur gives

Bureau

- _d_b gives 

Edible

 - fiz gives

Fizzle

- then the bottom is apparent

CALLBACK

- From here only one or two letters are missing in each word

Ent__b? (Mystery!)

- pir

Piracy (needed a dictionary)

- unp.ck  gives

Unpack

Finally (again, with dictionary!)

Entomb

pir... and ...t..b are unusual letter groups, but not unusual words!


Edited on October 11, 2018, 1:23 pm
  Posted by Steven Lord on 2018-10-11 09:57:56

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