# Russian Nesting Words

Consider the words a, rat, and aerate. These words form a series, each nested in the next:

a, rat, aerate.

Such a series can be encoded with a clue consisting of the following:

• synonyms of the words in the series
• nothing else.

For example, the above series can be encoded with the clue:

Introduce air into an animal.

Parsing this clue, we get:

Introduce air into | an | animal
AERATE               A    RAT


Now that you know the rules, let's see if you can find the series clued by the following:

1. Consumer swallowed audience member
2. Refurbished egg-shaped vessel
3. Vermin gadfly of Athens put in a box
4. Low-quality beige table
5. Spirit destructively getting older

*This puzzle was inspired by this one of wildBillMunson.

• Regarding the green tick, I will award it to the first person to post three solutions that have not been posted previously. If nobody gets three on their own, I will award the tick to the first person to post two solutions that have not been posted previously. If nobody gets two on their own, I will award the tick to the first person to post a solution. – GrimGrom Jan 12 '17 at 13:39
• Great puzzle! +1 – wildBillMunson Jan 12 '17 at 15:44
• Do nested words need to be completely contained, such as ae(r(a)t)e, or can they touch the edges of the word - ((a)nd)roid? – Zxyrra Jan 12 '17 at 20:43
• @Zxyrra, they cannot touch the edges, much the same way a smaller Matryoshka doll cannot share a surface with the larger Matroyoshka doll it's contained in. – GrimGrom Jan 12 '17 at 20:57

Here's 5 of 5:

Consumer swallowed audience member

eater | ate | theatergoer

Refurbished egg-shaped vessel

renovated | ovate | vat

Vermin gadfly of Athens put in a box

rat | Socrates | crate

Low-quality beige table

substandard | tan | stand

Spirit destructively getting older

gin | damagingly(?) | aging

• @Zachstein beat you to #2! Nice job with the others. – GrimGrom Jan 12 '17 at 13:54
• I got ninja'd again! – MikeQ Jan 12 '17 at 14:17
• @MikeQ but you will get the accepted answer for getting 3 or 2 first – Zachstein Jan 12 '17 at 14:20

2) Refurbished | egg-shaped | vessel

renovated | ovate | vat

3) Vermin gadfly of Athens put in a box

rat | Socrates | crate

Five could maybe also be
5) Spirit | destructively | getting older

soul | murderously | moulders

• Make sure you have tenses correct for each word. – GrimGrom Jan 12 '17 at 13:57
• I think you have to preserve the order of the letters. – MikeQ Jan 12 '17 at 14:58
• @MikeQ I was thinking that but wasn't sure. I think it popped into my head after looking at the puzzle it was inspired from. – Zachstein Jan 12 '17 at 15:01
• The order of the letters must be preserved. See my comments on that original puzzle. But nice find in any case! – GrimGrom Jan 12 '17 at 15:07

Number 5 could be
Spirit – destructively – getting older

gin – ravagingly – aging

• Make sure you have the part of speech correct for each word. Also, 5 is, I just noticed, underdetermined. – GrimGrom Jan 12 '17 at 13:57
• Better like this? At least, now it's an adverb. – Glorfindel Jan 12 '17 at 14:00
• What does it tell about me that I got the spirits question right? – Glorfindel Jan 12 '17 at 14:26