Lunchtime Diversion, Reprise

A number of people seemed to enjoy the word puzzle I posted earlier today. I therefore post for your amusement 4 other words to be trimmed down to nothing letter by letter — same rules as the original post.

Faithful reader Katja deserves credit for the first three. To solve each of hers I had to look up a word so I have added a hint revealing what that word meant in case you want some help. The fourth one is my own.



Hint: The word I had to look up means “needle-shaped”


Hint: The word I had to look up means “conveyance”


Hint: The word I had to look up means “branch or twig”


Even though this has 9 letters the comprised words are common enough that you should not need a hint.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

12 thoughts on “Lunchtime Diversion, Reprise”

    1. I wish I’d thought of that route because I wouldn’t have needed to use a weird word that I had to look up. Well done.

  1. Here are a few generated from the Scrabble Tournament Word List: COMPLECTING, PARCHEESIS, INSOLATING, TWITCHIEST, MACERATER, MADRASSAHS, LINGULATE.

      1. Fascinating. I had no idea that such word lists existed. I generated my words from (ahem) /usr/share/dict/words (and then had to throw out a bunch because several entries in that file are obviously non-words).

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