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Starting with The pound is not a finish, apply all of the following modifications in the correct order to reveal a popular scientific fact:

  • Remove one word.
  • Remove one letter from one word.
  • Change one letter for another letter.
  • Replace one word with an antonym of itself.
  • Remove two letters from one word.
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  • $\begingroup$ This just makes me think of the proverbial pound of flesh. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 18 '17 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ −1 for revisions 3 and 5.  “rearrange and do” is so obfuscated as to be inscrutable. $\endgroup$ – Peregrine Rook Feb 18 '17 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ @PeregrineRook see edit. $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Feb 18 '17 at 22:05
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Answer:

The sun is a star

Steps:

The pound is not a finish

Replace one word with an antonym of itself.

The pound is not a start

Remove one letter from one word.

The pound is not a star

Remove one word.

The pound is a star

Change one letter for another letter.

The sound is a star

Remove two letters from one word.

The sun is a star

How I got there:

The antonym is obviously the critical step. If it had to be applied after some of the other steps, the puzzle would have been more difficult. But giving it a shot on the initial sentence, "finish" -> "start" was the obvious candidate, then "scientific fact" suggests "star", making the rest easy.

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  • $\begingroup$ Just saw in no particular order Nice! +1 $\endgroup$ – Techidiot Feb 15 '17 at 20:19
  • $\begingroup$ How you got 12 upvotes on a negative-scoring question is beyond me. Maybe I'm just bitter. :-P $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Feb 17 '17 at 7:17
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This is likely to be too broad.

the pound is not a finish

Remove one word.
The pound is not a finish.
Remove one letter from one word.
The pound is not finish.
Replace one word with an antonym of itself.
The pond is not start.
Remove two letters from one word.
The pond is not start.
Change one letter for another letter.
The pond is not art.

With nothing particularly confining what sort of fact we're supposed to come up with out of this, I submit my finding as a valid fact that can be derived from applying your instructions to your starting phrase.

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  • $\begingroup$ The pond could be art $\endgroup$ – Melkor Feb 15 '17 at 20:12
  • $\begingroup$ Anything could be art :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 15 '17 at 20:13
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    $\begingroup$ I knew a guy named Art. $\endgroup$ – BrettFromLA Feb 15 '17 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ I don't believe this to be a broad question. I rephrased the requirement once you posted your answer, but it seems people still agree with you that it's too broad, without giving feedback on my change. $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Feb 17 '17 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ It looks like most if not all the downvotes and alternate answers came before the question revision. (Note that it's usually a good idea to mention that the question changed, if and when those changes invalidate answers already given, so later readers don't think those answers are disregarding parts of the question and downvote answers that were perfectly valid when posted) maybe with the question's edits people will revisit their votes - but don't count on it. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 17 '17 at 13:26
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Remove one word.

the pound is a finish

Remove one letter from one word.

the pond is a finish

Change one letter for another letter.

the bond is a finish

Replace one word with an antonym of itself.

the bond is a start

Remove two letters from one word

the bond is a art (incorrect grammar) or the bond is a tar or The On is a start. (Referring to electric button) or H bond is a start (Related to Hydrogen bonding which starts almost all the bondings - Chemistry)

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    $\begingroup$ "H bond is a start" is my favorite answer $\endgroup$ – Jacob Jones Feb 15 '17 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ These aren't popular $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Feb 17 '17 at 7:11

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