Tuesday, April 03, 2007

One word, nine letters

There is a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word - from nine letters right down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a time?

There is a common English word that is seven letters long, where you can do the same thing. What is it and what are the words that it becomes after removing a letter at a time?

Need a hint? I'll leave one in the comments.


  1. Both words start with an S and end with ing. Which means the four letter word is sing. You can then remove the g to make sin, remove the s to make in, and remove the n to make I.

  2. hmmm...trying to stump us today, are you?

  3. I'm always trying to stump you! ;-)

    I just rarely succeed.

  4. what about amusing

    musing using sing sin in I

    7 letters long

  5. Great job Rachele! This was definitely a harder question. My answers were:
    snowing - sowing - swing - sing - sin - in - I
    startling - starting - staring - string - sting - sing - sin - in - I

  6. Also, it works with...
    singers - singer - singe - sing - sin - in - I
    ...which I think is elegant, as it's only taking from one end or the other of the word.


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