Fri 27 Dec, 2002 05:40 am
OK wordsmyths, here's the eleventh 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 4, 8 & 3 (in that order) spell a type of NECKLACE.
The letters 7, 1, 2 & 9 (in that order) spell female MAMMALS.
The letters 7, 6, 5 & 4 (in that order) spell a type of PORPOISE.
7 of the nine letters are different.
5 of the nine letters are vowels.
The correct word (and ALL sub-clue words) are found in Webster's Dictionary - 10th Edition.
Vowels here, are defined as: A, E, I, O and U.
Necklace types: lei?
Female mammals: ewes, dams, sows
Since five of the nine letters in the target word are vowels, my guess that #7 isn't a vowel.
Hmm, if we go with LEI for the necklace and DOES for the female mammals and DALL for the porpoise, and
if Biblio happened to make an error (COULD THAT HAPPEN?) in the number order for lei (4, 8, 3 instead of 4, 3, 8)
then the word is OEILLADES.
If it helps you understand how I got there, Biblio, here's what happened: when I tried OEELLADIS in M-W, the first suggestion of alternate words was OEILLADES. So M-W actually found the 483 vs. 438!