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  1. Which word means "to push hard", and if it is written backwards it means "to spoil"?

  2. A synonym of this word is "stalemate", and if it is written backwards a synonym of the transformed word is "department". Which word?

  3. A synonym of this word is "deviate", and if it is written backwards a synonym of the transformed word is "method". Which word?

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  • $\begingroup$ These are three different words? $\endgroup$ – skv Nov 8 '14 at 9:53
  • $\begingroup$ @skv, yes three different words. $\endgroup$ – Kenshin Nov 8 '14 at 9:53
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  1. The answer is

Mar
Ram is to push hard, mar is to spoil.

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Draw
The synonym of stalemate is "draw", the anagram is "ward" and ward is a synonym for department

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Part
It's the only synonym for deviate I can think of that makes a real word when reversed, but "trap" doesn't really mean method.
However, I misread a bit, thanks @d'alar'cop "a synonym of "trap" is "stratagem" which is also a "method"."

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    $\begingroup$ a synonym of "trap" is "stratagem" which is also a "method". you win. (see 3 again - it's a synonym of the reverse that you need to mean "method ") $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Nov 8 '14 at 10:34
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A previous answer gave apparently-correct results for parts 1 and 2, but missed out on part 3, which is:

yaw, “To swerve off course to port or starboard”, “To steer badly, zigzagging back and forth across the intended course” etc., thus analogous to deviate; and way, “A method or manner of doing something”, thus analogous to method.

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