These eight words all have something in common, but one is slightly different. Which one?

  • broad
  • corn
  • gain
  • jar
  • like
  • mount
  • range
  • side

To clarify, seven of these words have a specific property in common, which is shared by very few other words. The eighth word has a similar (and also fairly rare) characteristic but is slightly different.

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    $\begingroup$ You really need to add something a little more specific, because any "identify the odd one out" without further information just becomes "find a reason for any word you choose to be considered the odd one out" and everyone just has to guess what you're thinking. $\endgroup$
    – Glen O
    Apr 29, 2015 at 3:34
  • $\begingroup$ @GlenO I clarified. $\endgroup$
    – Ypnypn
    Apr 29, 2015 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ Great puzzle, with an answer that's clearly correct once discovered. $\endgroup$ Apr 29, 2015 at 22:08

3 Answers 3


The answer is Range


You can place the letter "a" in front of each word to get a new word. Abroad, Acorn, Again, Ajar, Alike, Amount, Aside. The word "range" requires an extra letter to make it work, Arrange.

  • $\begingroup$ I was going to answer this after I saw it in the close-vote queue, but you beat me to it. Good job! $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Apr 29, 2015 at 5:21

The answer is BROAD. Each of the other words can be used as a verb. However BROAD is widely used as an adjective ----- but not a verb. That is a distinct characteristic.

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this answer, but “corn” as a verb is exceedingly rare. $\endgroup$
    – Ry-
    Apr 29, 2015 at 17:09
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe not so rare! To corn beef is to marinate in brine. Who hasn't had 'corned beef'? Yum. Now I am hungry. $\endgroup$
    – Zephyr
    Apr 29, 2015 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ This is a nice answer. $\endgroup$
    – Ypnypn
    Apr 29, 2015 at 17:58

The answer is jar. All of the words have at least three letters, but "jar" is the only one with just three.

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    $\begingroup$ That doesn't seem like rare characteristic $\endgroup$
    – Zikato
    Apr 29, 2015 at 5:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Zikato - the "rare characteristic" line was added after Ian posted his answer. $\endgroup$
    – Glen O
    Apr 29, 2015 at 8:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Zikato: moving target puzzles are so difficult to solve! $\endgroup$ Apr 29, 2015 at 11:34

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