I think I've created a new type of puzzle. I call it "Word ___"

Here is how to solve it: The word in the above blank is the answer for this puzzle.
Step 1: Make a copy of the equations, but replacing words with synonyms.
Step 2: Add/Remove letters to blank as per the +/- signs in the equation.
Step 3: Find an annagram of the letter jumble created in step2 that creates a word.

Ex: Weep + Hole + Jewelery - Hurts = ____ → Cry + Pit + Charms - Harms = Cryptic

Now for the real thing:

Same + Proportion + Close - Taste + Me - Track = ___

Hint 1:

Taste is as in "an ear for music"

Hint 2:

Track has to do with trains, but isn't "Train"

Hint 3:

A synonym for the answer is Comparison

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    $\begingroup$ Just a thought - this puzzle is really hard for anyone to solve. The only possible confirmation of correctness/progress is if you manage to guess the meaning each word is meant in and then if you manage to find the correct synonym for each word and then if you manage to anagram them correctly, there is an English word at the end of it all - a word that isn't even clued, giving even less confirmation. (Well I guess the fact that it has to fit in the blank is some confirmation, but lots and lots of words would work there as a title) $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ I put in an edit clarifying your post. I think its an interesting type of puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Ankit
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Ankit going to copy my edit rejection reason - Please DO NOT clarify questions without confirmation from the poster. In addition, adding code formatting damages accessibility. $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 23:49
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    $\begingroup$ Indirect anagrams have long been deprecated in cryptic crossword clues because they are practically impossible to work out. By this is meant a clue where you solve a simple definition-type clue to get the letters which you must then anagram. Your puzzle involves an indirect anagram where you'd need to solve 4 definition clues correctly to get the right anagram fodder. At least with a crossword clue you know the answer's length. In your puzzle you don't even give that. It is practically impossible to work out, for just this reason. $\endgroup$
    – Rosie F
    Commented Aug 25, 2021 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ Not only that, @bobble: The recent addition of two more terms to the, erm, comparison makes me wonder whether the puzzle was solvable in its original form. This looks a bit like a patch to fix the puzzle in retrospect. Otherwise, the two new terms would have to be anagrams of each other, no? $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 4:40

2 Answers 2


The name of the new type of puzzle you created is:

"Word Equation"!

Equation in OP for reference:

Same + Proportion + Close - Taste + Me - Track = ___

  • Same:


  • Proportion


  • Close


  • Taste

Ear -- tough one! We arrive at this one more by process of elimination (to make the word equation work), and with the aid of Hint #1: Taste is as in "an ear for music".

  • Me

I -- this part of the puzzle was added later to fix an issue.

  • Track

Rail -- this part of the puzzle was added later to fix an issue. There was a set of leftover letters 'RLA', which '+I-RAIL' gets rid of.

Put it all together:

= (EQUA)L + RA(TIO) + (N)EAR - EAR + I - RAIL


Leaving my initial post for better context on the comments below the solution:

[Posted 2021-08-24 06:31:07Z]

Not a full solution, just some ideas.

I feel very good about:

* Same: equal
* Proportion: ratio / fraction
* Close: near / shut / ???
* Taste: flavor / savor / sample

Yielding 'Equation' (Word Equation)

But struggling to make it all connect.
At first I thought it may be Word Alliteration, but struggled to easily add a 2nd 'L'.

  • $\begingroup$ Equation is correct. You also got Same = Equal, one of your Proportion and clear guesses were correct, and I added a hint for Taste. $\endgroup$
    – Boesf
    Commented Aug 25, 2021 at 1:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Boesf that still leaves us with l from equal and ra from ratio unsubtracted, isn't it? $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Commented Aug 25, 2021 at 7:54
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    $\begingroup$ @Boesf: It seems that your new addition is just there to get rid of the excess LRA (RAIL − I). If so, the signs in the new equation are wrong: You'll need −(TRACK − ME) = −TRACK + ME, which makes everything needlessly complicated. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 4:55
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    $\begingroup$ Anyway, it is clear now what the solution is. The overall answer was found pretty early on (and the presentation of the puzzle confirms it, which is nice). But I don't think the puzzle in its form can be salvaged. Indirect anagrams are hard; "close" is a word with many meanings and with even more synonyms; "ear" for taste is rather loose. You had a creative idea there, but it didn't work out, I'm afraid. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 5:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Boesf Aw, happens. Edited and completed my solution to reflect the changes! $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 15:15

The answer is:

Equation, as found by SpiritFryer


Equal + ratio + near - ear + i - rail = equalrationeari (with bold being letters both in a + and - word) leaving equation.


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