Magazine article Word Ways

Common Common Nouns-1

Magazine article Word Ways

Common Common Nouns-1

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Each of the sixteen tetrads below displays a set of seemingly unrelated words. The key term here is "seemingly", since a conspicuously-absent common noun provides a link for the four. For example, FIRST / GUN / OFF / SOME would, with the word HAND suitably attached, become FIRSTHAND / HANDGUN / OFFHAND / HANDSOME. In every instance, two of the appendages are frontal, while the other two appear at the end. To be sure, something's certainly missing here. Can you determine the common links?

1. ANY / BED / PIECE / TABLE

2. BACK / GAP / LIGHT / SHORT

3. BALL / LID / OX / PINK

4. BILL / ROOM / SURF / WALK

5. BLOCK / CROSS / RAIL / RUNNER

6. BOY / HANGER / NEWS / SAND

7. CAKE / DEAD / HANDLE / SAUCE

8. CAP / FORT / MARE / WEEK

9. CHAIR / FORE / REST / SIDE

10. COURT / HOLD / PLAY / WIFE

11. FARM / IN / MARK / SLIDE

12. FIGHT / LEG / UNDER / WATCH

13. FRESH / HOLE / HOOD / NOBLE

14. GROUND / HEDGE / TIED / WASH

15. HUB / KNEE / SIZE / STONE

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