Thu 12 Dec, 2002 12:53 pm
OK wordsmyths, here's the third instalment:
I'm looking for a 9-letter English word (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) which matches the following
The letters 8, 7, & 5 (in that order) spell an INSECT.
The letters 9, 3 & 5 (in that order) spell a part of the BODY.
The letters 6, 7, 4 & 1 (in that order) spell a type of FISH.
The letters 5, 2, 3 & 9 (in that order) spell a type of BASKET.
Seven of the nine letters are different.
Two of the nine letters are vowels.
The correct word is found in Webster's Dictionary.
Insect> bug, bee, ant, fly
Body part> arm, leg, toe, eye, ear
Fish> hake, crab, clam
And, for my 1000th post (thanks for the congrats Bib), I'll say:
Give us a hint - pleeeeeease.
Fish could also be shad, or coho (a type of salmon). Or good ole tuna.
shellfish aren't fish, I don't think....?
carp, tuna, bass .... chum?... sole
basket: gift? doesn't work with anything else.
Is this one a bit more difficult?
Would you like another Clue?
Well, I've been sweating this one out for three days. All three of the letters in the body part are in the type of basket, but I can't figure out the body part
I give up.
The only baskets I come up with are hand, creel or wicker. Only hand would fit vis a vis number of letters but it doesn't work re the body part. Good observation, aggie, re the letters in body part and basket type coinciding.
Also, given that there are only 2 vowels, my guess is that they are in the 3rd and 7th position, as that would give each of the clue words one vowel. Note that the 5th letter is in all of the clue words. Does this mean it's a popular letter, like T, S or R?
Good observation, Jes. But we've got to think of another body part other than arm, leg, ear, toe and eye. I tried hip and jaw, but they don't work out. Maybe something inside the body. There are all kinds of baskets, like weel, crib, cawl, cobb, etc., even goal, but they don't have any body parts in them
Maybe a body part of an automobile. (tearing my hair out)
I can also confirm, that Jespah's astute observation about the two vowels being the 3rd and 7th letters, is CORRECT!
Is there no end to this man's generosity? :wink:
Is anybody ready for Challenge #4? or would you like to continue with this one for another while?
Hmm, if #3 and #7 are the only 2 vowels, then 4, 5 and 6 are some sort of three-consonent blend or are the end and start of a compound word. Such as:
or, as the end/start of a compound word, like houndstooth
Looking good J...looking good :wink:
Your deductive principles are good, and with the right choice of letters you'll definitely get the answer.