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Shorten and halve (Posted on 2005-09-21) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A six letter word, that when you take out its last letter, becomes half of its meaning. What word is it?

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literal? | Comment 21 of 32 |
Perhaps we need to read the problem more literally. The phrase "its meaning" contains 10 letters and so "half of 'its meaning'" could very well be a set of five letters as is, of course, the result of shortening a six letter word. I don't see any solutions using the first or last five letters of "its meaning" in their original order, but a word like "mister" would, after removing the last letter, leave you with exactly 1/2 of the letters in "its meaning".

I admit I like the idea of finding a word whose meaning after shortening is somehow 1/2 of the meaning of the original, but I've had zero luck in finding such a word. Maybe this is the next best thing?

  Posted by Paul on 2005-10-01 06:46:00
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