# If you think I'm lanky now

If you think I'm lanky now, I used to be even more sinewy.

They took away a part of me. Not wanting to lose more, I became an even bigger skinflint.

Then they cut out my right eye—what am I now? The unkindest cut of all.

I escaped, but found that while I'd once been swift, I'd lost a second. But I could still be an idol.

Alone, I searched for answers; I only found myself endlessly. It's enough to burn anyone up (a little).

Eventually I found something new, though the ferry ride cost me $1000. But what a wave! I left the terminal behind. What I did next was very wrong; in my pride, I cannot even speak of it. I'm afraid I lost my head. But at last I was no longer on the outside. But forget about all that is behind me. I am with you now, at the end. What was I at the start of my saga? What significant changes did I endure? Word set source: http://www.snopes.com/language/puzzlers/9letters.asp • Sounds like a Pokémon's story... – boboquack Jan 16 '17 at 0:45 ## 1 Answer You started out: STRINGIER - "lanky" Your changes were: STINGIER - "took away a part of me" (-R), now "an even bigger skinflint" STINGER - "cut out my right eye" (-I), now "unkindest cut" SINGER - "lost a second" (-T), now "an idol" SINGE - "endlessly" (-R), now can "burn ... a little" SINE - "cost me$1000" (-G), now "a wave"
SIN - "left the terminal behind" (-E), now "did ... wrong"
IN - "lost my head" (-S), now "no longer ... outside"
I - "forget about all that is behind me" (-N), now "I am with you now, at the end"

• Nice job!ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ – Rubio Jan 16 '17 at 1:21
• I dont get a single line of your solution :D (I am not a native english speaker, but... Still.. Not a single line make any sense :D ) – Jan 'splite' K. Jan 16 '17 at 10:42
• Why does "cost me $1000" maps to removing "G"? – justhalf Jan 17 '17 at 8:48 • @justhalf - a G, derived from a Grand is (US?) slang for$1000. – Alconja Jan 17 '17 at 8:53