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Magma et al. (Posted on 2010-06-30) Difficulty: 3 of 5
"Onion" and "salsa" possess a similar structure: both words consist of two identical 2-letter syllables and a distinct letter between them.
Apparently, there are more English words of similar form (12312).
Find as many as you can.

No Solution Yet Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
Rating: 4.5000 (2 votes)

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Sensation? | Comment 1 of 10

Does "sense" count?

It has the 12312 pattern, but is a single syllable.  Both of the given examples are two syllable words -- "syllable" refers to units of sound, not spelling patterns. The phrase "and a distinct letter between them" confuses sound with spelling.  The middle letters are parts of surrounding syllables (on/ion, sal/sa). (One does sometimes hear un-e-un -- perhaps UK?).

This seems like a puzzle best left to those who already have a programmed data set of "all" five letter words.  May the middle element be a symbol -- e.g. "go-go" ?  I think the term Ady wants is "digraph". 

Some other monosyllables: shush, verve, yo-yo?

Edited on June 30, 2010, 12:27 pm

Edited on June 30, 2010, 1:15 pm
  Posted by ed bottemiller on 2010-06-30 12:19:27

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