GeekDad Puzzle of the Week — Falling Letters

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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.

fallingLettersBelow, 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.


  1. Up and coming acetylsalicylic acid (-G)
  2. Absolute churned cream (+B)
  3. De-knots female relatives (+A)
  4. Nightlight craziness (-P)
  5. Older solderer (+W)
  6. Arrived spiritually balanced (+C)
  7. Regular Babylonian writing (+C)
  8. Available marten fur (-U)
  9. Less high fan (+B)
  10. Coffin hole dance party (-G)
  11. Payment to retrieve a kidnapped architectural beam (-T)
  12. Texas A&M sandwich containers (+B)
  13. A cooler whisk (+W)
  14. Fat male spouse (-C)
  15. Spacedust arriveth (+H)
  16. Zombie platoon (-E)
  17. New Mexico’s stuff (+E)
  18. Getting rid of sending documents via phone (+F)
  19. Cellar-dwellers on 1st and 2nd (-T)
  20. Complete lack of Class M planets (+D)

Good luck, and happy puzzling!

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