Sunday, June 18, 2006

Word quiz

What nine-letter word remains a valid word as each of its letters is successively removed?

8 comments:

mad said...

Whathefuck?

Dara said...

That is not right. (But you knew that.)

Nicole said...

I think the answer is "startling" -- but the prior answer is much more fun!

Dara said...

That is, indeed, correct.

startling
remove the l: starting
remove one t: staring
remove the a: string
remove the r: sting
remove the other t: sing
remove the g: sin
remove the s: in
remove the n: I

However, Snopes lists several other possible solutions.

Justin S. said...

I have an alternative answer.

Envelopes. If you have nine envelopes, and remove a letter from each one, they're still envelopes. Just empty ones.

Dara said...

Justin, you clearly win the smartass award.

Justin S. said...

Better to be a smartass than a dumbass.

Dara said...

Touché.