Magazine article Word Ways

Beheading and Joining

Magazine article Word Ways

Beheading and Joining

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Two words which begin with the same letter, or group of letters, are beheaded i.e. the common letter/letter group is removed. The two remaining sets of letters are joined to form a word. I set a minimum of 5 letters for this word.

aces + acetone = stone

arch + arcades = Hades

anchor + anal = choral

arms + armourer = sourer

andiron + Andy = irony

avails + available = sable

banjo + banker = joker

below + beer = lower

beetroot + beetle = rootle

blind + Ben = linden

before + best = forest

Bren + bract = enact

carbon + carded = bonded

cat + cone = atone

correct + coral = rectal

cargo + carers = goers

center + con = enteron

corset + coral = setal

carpet + carting = petting

climber + climate = berate

cover + call = overall

deal + deter = alter

defer + deal = feral

Des + delays = slays

eases + Easter = ester

entangle + end = tangled

Erin + ergot = ingot

fauna + fable = unable

flex + flits = exits

ferment + feral = mental

fob + foaled = baled

first + firing = sting

forget + forty = Getty

gal + gone = alone

ground + gel = roundel

greater + grease = terse

grout + ged (a pike) = routed

groans + grower = answer

gruff + gled (kite bird) = ruffled

handbag + Handel = bagel

Hermes + heron = meson

health + healing = thing

hint + hake = intake

Hester + hen = stern

house + hounding = sending

interflow + intern = flown

into + inner = toner

invent + inure = venture

Jess + jay = essay

Jodi + journal = diurnal

joke + jolly = Kelly

Kath + Kens = Athens

kitten + kitch = tench

Kes + ketone = stone

kris + king = rising

kin + kept = inept

kris + Ken = risen

labs + laboured = soured

legend + legless = endless

languid + lane = guide

literate + literally = telly

leg + Leander = gander

loco + lover = cover

mango + manners = goers

mast + mute = astute

merchant + merry = chantry

Marc + married = cried

master + man = stern

Mervin + Meryl = vinyl

Mars + Marmite = smite

meal + meter = alter

mew + meander = wander

name + Natal = metal

none + noddy = Neddy

new + neater = water

nope + nobble = pebble

new + neither = wither

nor + noises = rises

oast + oral = astral

old + Oliver = diver

outage + outing = ageing

offal + office = Alice

open + omen = penmen

owe + oaken = weaken

ogre + oat = great

ora + otter = ratter

oxen + oxtail = entail

party + parson = Tyson

pole + poster = Lester

price + printer = center

pats + pattern = stern

polo + pocket = locket

prosper + Prom = sperm

Pele + Peggy = leggy

pores + poult = result

proton + prone = tonne

quip + quieter = Peter

quite + guince = tence (tense)

guos + quotation = station

(whose)

Rana + ration = nation

rein + redolent = indolent

robe + Roget = beget

rectal + recent = talent

Riga + rigging = aging

rope + rotting = petting

red + really = dally

roar + rogue = argue

roster + Ron = stern

sac + salient = client

seat + seaweed = tweed

single + snook = inglenook

snot + sing = noting

sat + saints = tints

set + Seattle = tattle

sisal + sister = alter

spacecraft + Spacey = crafty

sat + stack = attack

sex + sample = example

smart + sin = martin

sunder + slay = underlay

tensor + tented = sorted

trim + triangle = mangle

tent + tail = entail

turban + Turner = banner

tor + tally = orally

Turin + Turner = inner

Ulan + ulterior = anterior

undo + unable = doable

unread + unable = readable

vain + valet = inlet

vile + viper = leper

Vulcan + vulvas = canvas

warship + warped = shipped

whisper + whim = sperm

wife + witch = fetch

xeme + xenial = menial

xeric + xa = Erica

xyst + xyrid = strid

yawn + ying = awning

yearn + ying = earning

yorn (yarn) + yate (wait) = ornate

zany + zone = anyone

ze (the) + zither = either

Zen + zable (sable) = enable

In this example the 3 words make a phrase: charming + Charles = mingles

SUSAN THORPE

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England

thorpeds@hotmail. …

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