Friday, October 13, 2006

What word am I?

I'm a ten-letter word, but when I am heard,
I have only four, not one letter more.

My first two sounds are neat; a kind of sheet,
That starts with spread, not the kind on a bed.

Of my sounds, the third is what will be heard,
alphabetically, in the middle of modus operandi.

If you want to hear more, then like the shore,
I end at the sea, that's a hint, you see.

What word am I?


  1. I don't see how Don's answer fits the clues, except that it call be spelled with fourletters... X L N C. (say those four letters out sounds like "excellency")

  2. Excellency - 10 letters sounds like XLNC.

    Second clue: A spread sheet - nice and neat - Excel, by microsoft.

    Third clue - If you tek the letters of modus operandi and sort them alphabetically, the middle letter is 'n'

    Last clue: Sounds like sea?

    Does that help?

  3. That is such a cool puzzle. I really like it.

  4. I'm glad you liked it. I would even go so far as to say this is an excellent puzzle. ;-)

    Answer: Excellency (XLNC)

    The four letters, XLNC, sound just like the ten-letter word excellency.

    The first two sounds (XL) are the name of a spreadsheet program.

    If you arrange the letters in modus operandi alphabetically (addeimNooprsu), the letter N is the middle letter. Also, modus operandi is usually written as an abbreviation, MO, which in the alphabet, would have an N in the middle.

    The final letter (C) sounds like sea.


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