Sometimes, especially during spelling bees, I have been known to drop a letter–either lose an important one, or drop an unexpected one into an unsuspecting word. This week’s puzzle is all about dropping letters into or out of words.
Below, please find a list of 20 phrases that identify word pairs that vary by just a single letter being dropped onto or off of either end of either word. For each pair, I have identified the letter dropped, as well as the direction of droppage.
Example: “A solid piece of furniture” is a STABLE TABLE (-S).
For your chance at this week’s fabulous prize from our friends at ThinkGeek, send your best guesses at the phrases into GeekDad Central. Each correct (or at least reasonably well-reasoned) response will be entered into a random drawing for the prize–a $50 ThinkGeek Gift Certificate.
The list of clues appears below.
- Up and coming acetylsalicylic acid (-G)
- Absolute churned cream (+B)
- De-knots female relatives (+A)
- Nightlight craziness (-P)
- Older solderer (+W)
- Arrived spiritually balanced (+C)
- Regular Babylonian writing (+C)
- Available marten fur (-U)
- Less high fan (+B)
- Coffin hole dance party (-G)
- Payment to retrieve a kidnapped architectural beam (-T)
- Texas A&M sandwich containers (+B)
- A cooler whisk (+W)
- Fat male spouse (-C)
- Spacedust arriveth (+H)
- Zombie platoon (-E)
- New Mexico’s stuff (+E)
- Getting rid of sending documents via phone (+F)
- Cellar-dwellers on 1st and 2nd (-T)
- Complete lack of Class M planets (+D)
Good luck, and happy puzzling!