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You might have to use some creative thinking for this riddle.

Start with the one which has 4

Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8.

Start with one which has 5

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 4

Start with the one which has 4.

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 2

Start with the one which has 5.

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 1.

What am I starting with? Four answers.

No partial answers please.

Hint

What letter can be inverted to get a number

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  • $\begingroup$ The last one definitely has 5? $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Nov 24 '21 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yes @Amoz. A bit trickey $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Nov 24 '21 at 14:03
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Thinking along the same lines as Amoz but this time we use

L instead of G, as per the hint ('L' being an inverted '7')

Start with the one which has 4.
Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8.

This would be LATE -> ATE

Start with one which has 5.
Take out the 7 and you end up with a 4.

FLOUR -> FOUR

Start with the one which has 4.
Take out the 7 and you end up with a 2.

TOOL -> TOO

Start with the one which has 5.
Take out the 7 and you end up with a 1.

ALONE -> A ONE

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  • $\begingroup$ @Amoz was on the right track. But now you have it. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Dec 2 '21 at 13:35
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Start with the one which has 4

Start with GATE (has 4 letters)

Take out the 7 and you end up with an 8.

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with ATE

Start with one which has 5

Start with FORGE (has 5 letters)

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 4

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with FORE

Start with the one which has 4.

Start with TOGO (has 4 letters)

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 2

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with TOO

Start with the one which has 5.

Start with GONNE (has 5 letters)

Take out the 7 and you end up with a 1

Take out G (7th letter) and you end up with ONNE

Which are all homophones of the specified numbers!

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  • $\begingroup$ Great thinking. But the last one is a stretch. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Nov 24 '21 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Vf YBATR n fgergpu? Be vf guvf jubyr nafjre bss genpx?) $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Nov 24 '21 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ Lbh ner ba evtug genpx nf sne nf guvaxvat bs n yrggre. Vf gurer nabgure??? $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Nov 24 '21 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ Jryy, fb sne nyy V unir vf NTBAR - T = "N BAR", ohg V nffhzr V arrq gb gnxr guvf n jubyr arj qverpgvba. Fgvyy guvaxvat.... $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Nov 27 '21 at 19:48

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