Here are some more "wordplay analogies" from my Mensa 365 Brain Puzzlers Page-A-Day Calendar 2016 (first post here):

1. MUFFINS is to SNIFF as PATRONS is to __________
2. THINE is to FATE as USE is to __________
3. CABARET is to BERET as BALLERINA is to __________
4. LIVED is to MOCHA as VIVID is to __________

Does anyone know of other examples or sources of these kinds of wordplay analogies?

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    $\begingroup$ The question is to find out other such examples or to fill in the blanks? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Oct 3, 2016 at 16:11
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting - I got that calendar for Christmas and I've been doing them one-a-day all year. I did these this morning and just got surprised to see them appear on here too xD $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Oct 3, 2016 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid The puzzle is to fill in the blanks. My follow-up question (not a puzzle) is if anyone knows of other examples of these, since I really enjoy this kind of puzzles. $\endgroup$
    – Aaron
    Oct 3, 2016 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Joe Hah! These are the only puzzles I've posted from the calendar, since I'm hoping to find similar ones. I've also got a stack of ~30 half-completed puzzles that I can't quite get. $\endgroup$
    – Aaron
    Oct 3, 2016 at 17:06

2 Answers 2

  1. SNORT - Reverse and drop last two letters.

  2. THEME - Ignore last letter, reverse meaning (THIN-> FAT, US->THEM)

  3. ARENA - Drop the first syllable but pronounce the remaining syllables the same.

  4. From @BeastlyGerbil: COCOA - using subsitutions V = C, I = O, D = A

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    $\begingroup$ Argh, for #3 I was stuck on "Lerina". At least the dictionary agrees with my syllabification. $\endgroup$
    – Hellion
    Oct 3, 2016 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Hellion Yes, that was the one that I was unsure about, too, for the same reason. $\endgroup$
    – Aaron
    Oct 4, 2016 at 16:37


SNORT - it's the last 5 letters backwards


(From @fortyCakes) THEME - drop last letter and change meaning


ARENA - Take the last 5 letters and then pronounce the same


COCOA - V = C, I = O, D = A


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