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Presented here are questions related to past tense words I researched and googled that resulted in this designed and developed puzzle. Got it?

  1. Which past tense word (PTW) is also a past tense word when read backwards? At least 1 example.

  2. Two PTWs which when read backwards are simple verbs - do not include answer from 1.

  3. The past tense of this verb consists of replacing 1 of its letters with 4 completely different letters.(location not important)

  4. A PTW where, if you remove the last letter, you get a PTW. At least 3 examples please.

  5. Start with a PTW

    • Remove first letter - you get a PTW

    • Remove first two letters - you get a PTW

    • Remove first three letters - you get a PTW

    • Remove first four letters - you get a PTW

  6. A PTW that includes a verb, its past tense and its past participle, all three appearing as consecutive letters (not spaced).

No programming please.

NO Partial Answers please. I might relax this restriction if a complete answer is not received within a reasonable time.

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  • $\begingroup$ For number 6, do the three distinct components (verb, past tense and past participle) need to appear with no overlap? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Mar 7 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ Are dictionaries allowed? You only forbid programming, but there is a [no-computers] tag. $\endgroup$
    – ophact
    Mar 7 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ Overlap is fine for 6. Dictionaries allowed. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Mar 7 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ Some puzzles make me feel tense when solving them, but this one made me feel way past tense. $\endgroup$ Mar 7 at 22:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor LOL 10se times. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Mar 7 at 22:27

2 Answers 2

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1

WAS and SAW

2

LAID (DIAL) and TUBED (DEBUT)

3

BUY and BOUGHT

4

BORED -> BORE
ROSED -> ROSE
RODED -> RODE

5

SCROWED -> CROWED -> ROWED -> OWED -> WED.

I think you can even add one more to the beginning of this chain with ESCROWED

6

THREATENED contains EAT, ATE and EATEN and all three of these are distinct.

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    $\begingroup$ I was partway through an answer, but you beat me to it. I had a potentially better one for #4: rot13(ENA & ENAT). $\endgroup$ Mar 7 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ Rfpebjrq vf n terng svaq. V unq gur bar gung @Bass zragvbarq. Terng wbo obgu bs lbh. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Mar 7 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ @DrD Thank you, as I commented to Bass, I don't think the third word in that example is a PTW (at least not that I could find) but I understand the thinking. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Mar 7 at 21:11
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Hexomino beat me to it, so I had to redo everything. I hope I avoided any repeats.

1 Which past tense word (PTW) is also a past tense word when read backwards? At least 1 example.

Did

2 Two PTWs which when read backwards are simple verbs - do not include answer from 1.

lived (devil, as in eggs), reviled (deliver)

3 The past tense of this verb consists of replacing 1 of its letters with 4 completely different letters.(location not important)

dow / dought (yeah, of course I had "buy" originally)

4 A PTW where, if you remove the last letter, you get a PTW. At least 3 examples please.

SPOKED, FORBADE, RANG

5 Start with a PTW, remove letters

The deceptive ranch chairman that got shot

stabled the horses,
tabled the motion,
became differently abled,
bled profusely,
and led us astray.

6 A PTW that includes a verb, its past tense and its past participle, all three appearing as consecutive letters (not spaced).

Stupid answer (but only because I couldn't think of a better one):

bet. (bet/bet/bet)

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  • $\begingroup$ So in your example for 4 would you consider the third word as a PTW because I would have said it is an adjective (I only say this as I was tempted by this string of words myself)? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Mar 7 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, you are probably right. I was thinking along the lines of symmetry with "disabled", but since the word is a recent euphemism, if probably comes from absolutely nowhere. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Mar 7 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Amusing and great answers @Bass, except the last one :) $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Mar 7 at 19:39

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