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A Pattern Word Quiz


For each of the fifty words listed below, you are to supply a non-crashing word having the same pattern of letters. For example, for BEETLE acceptable words include EGGNOG or ATTEST, but not FEEBLE (which has one or more letters in the same place as they appear in BEETLE). Unacceptable words include proper names, regular plurals in -D, regular preterites in -ED, participles in -ING, comparatives in -ER or -IER, superlatives in -EST or -IEST, and slang, dialect or foreign words. All answer words are well-known standard unhyphenated English words in the Merriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary, and appear in alphabetical order. Answers can be found in Answers and Solutions at the end of this issue.