# What is a Cuddly Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee, etc. You know the drill by now.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Cuddly Word™.

Use the following examples to find the rule. The alphabetical ordering of the Cuddly Words™ is not relevant.

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Cuddly Words™,Non-Cuddly Words™
AMBLE,STROLL
ANNA,JANE
APPLE,ORANGE
BUNT,WHACK
EAST,WEST
EGO,PSYCHE
IDO,ESPERANTO
LASSI,DOOGH
REGAN,GONERIL
RIM,BRINK
RUES,REGRETS
STAT,IMMEDIATELY
TAGINES,NAVARINS
TAXI,HANSOM

• Is DOOGH supposed to be DOUGH? – Beastly Gerbil Sep 30 '16 at 17:36
• You can use Microsoft Excel to create the table. Just follow the guidelines of previous puzzles for formatting. You can also edit a previous puzzles, copy everything, and then edit what you need to. That's how I got the CSV working. – greenturtle3141 Sep 30 '16 at 18:38
• @BeastlyGerbil It's similar to a lassi. – Ian MacDonald Sep 30 '16 at 18:47

## 1 Answer

I think a Cuddly Word™ is

one for which you can add exactly one letter at the start and one at the end, and still get a word. Admittedly in some cases an obscure one.

Perhaps more specifically

you can add the same letter at the start and the end. [Edit by Paolo: So a Cuddly Word™ is one you can "hug" with the "arms" of the hug each being the same letter.]

So:

rAMBLEr
pANNAn -- in comments Will suggests sANNAs or maybe nANNAn and Sconibulus suggests tANNAt; I guess Will's first answer is the intended one as his second one is slang and Sconibulus's looks like a proper noun, but all three are pretty credible.
dAPPLEd
uBUNTu (does this count? has it been sufficiently naturalized into the language?)
yEASTy
bEGOb
wIDOw
cLASSIc
oREGANo
pRIMp
tRUESt
eSTATe
sTAGINESs
aTAXIa

All the words for which I have good examples fit the more specific pattern. All the options for ANNA are kinda obscure.

I have checked only the first few of the stated Non-Cuddly Words and they don't fit even the broader one. I bet the more specific pattern is the one intended.

• Oregano for Regan? – Sconibulus Sep 30 '16 at 22:01
• yeah, I was editing that (and other comments) in while you were making the comment :-). – Gareth McCaughan Sep 30 '16 at 22:03
• (and feeling very stupid for not having seen it immediately) – Gareth McCaughan Sep 30 '16 at 22:03
• ANNA possibly – Will Sep 30 '16 at 22:04
• Is it really necessary to figure out each word? Isn't the goal of the puzzle to just find the rule? – greenturtle3141 Oct 1 '16 at 17:48