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If a word has a certain property, I call it a Halved Word™.

In each of the short, unrelated sentences below, only one of the choices is a Halved Word™.

The sentences do not affect whether a word is a Halved Word™. Case, font, and letter/word appearance do not matter.

  1. This (scene / segment) is about declination due to aging.
  2. Deputy Lee's face was (agrin / smirky) as he brought people before the court.
  3. His (horse / stallion) watched the man who gave him new shoes.
  4. The detailed (icons / thumbnails) expressed much information in a tiny space.
  5. My gastroenterologist's beer (mug / stein) is shaped like human entrails.
  6. It's a device to detect tiny earthquakes for the (metro / subway) system.
  7. The child snitched on his brother while his mom drank a (cappuccino / latte).
  8. The (anchor / host) interviewed highly successful, aggressive people.
  9. He would come back later to try the (fig / pear) flavored vodka.
  10. (Four / Three) women in highly decorated dresses get in the line.

What makes a word a Halved Word™?

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A Halved Word™ is a word that,

when doubled and then anagrammed, produces another English word. As f'' pointed out, each sentence contains a reference to the larger word.

Scene

scenescene -> senescence (declination due to aging)

Agrin

agrinagrin -> arraigning (brought people before the court)

Horse

horsehorse -> horseshoer (the man who gave him new shoes)

Icons

iconsicons -> concisions (much information in a tiny space)

Stein

steinstein -> intestines (human entrails)

Metro

metrometro -> tromometer (thanks, f'') (device to detect tiny earthquakes)

Latte

lattelatte -> tattletale (snitched)

Host

hosthost -> hotshots (highly successful, aggressive people)

Pear

pearpear -> reappear (come back later)

Four

fourfour -> froufrou (women in highly decorated dresses)

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    $\begingroup$ Each sentence also has a reference to the anagrammed word. The one for metro should be "tromometer", a device for detecting small earthquakes. $\endgroup$ – f'' Aug 12 '15 at 4:23
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    $\begingroup$ Nice job and great thorough answer! $\endgroup$ – JLee Aug 12 '15 at 13:35

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