I am an animal

Change a letter, I can save your life.

Take away a letter and scramble, I can make you powerful.

Add 2 letters, I can puzzle you.

What was I originally?

  • $\begingroup$ scramble at each step? Or on second step for instance are you only changing one letter in place? $\endgroup$
    – curtisk
    Mar 30 '17 at 1:15
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    $\begingroup$ Are these sequential, or do they all apply to the original word? $\endgroup$
    – Weckar E.
    Mar 30 '17 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ What was I originally? An animal! $\endgroup$
    – mbjb
    Mar 30 '17 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ What's my mistake? Please explain. $\endgroup$ Mar 31 '17 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ It's unclear how to apply the different steps. For example after the first step of changing a letter, do you have to take away a letter from and scramble the result of the first step or do you take the original word again? $\endgroup$ Apr 19 '17 at 7:57

Well,well,well...I think I've got this one...

The answer is: DOG.

First it has been said "I am an animal."

So DOG suffices.

"Change a letter, I can save your life."

If we change G to C , we get DOC , and a doc (= doctor of course), can definitely save our lives...


We take away D and scramble OC to get CO...which stands for C.O. , i.e. Commanding Officer. Now that's what you call powerful.


We add the two letters D and E to CO ; we get CODE...that puzzles us.

So,Done, ain't it ? :) Guess it works fine.

Thank You.


I don't know how well this fits, but:

You are a


If I change one of your letters, then I'll get

BESR or BEIR (Both are acronyms for a committee that can "save your life") [this is the part where I feel it doesn't really fit...]

or I can change one of your letters to get

Beer, but I don't see how this would save your life :P

If I remove one of those letters and scramble you, I'll have

Reb, which is a respectful word that people may call you (to make you feel powerful)

Add two letters to that, and you'll get

Rebus, which is certainly something that can puzzle me :)

I hope this works :)

  • $\begingroup$ "but I don't see how this would save your life" -> it makes life worth living! :-D $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Jan 19 '18 at 12:58

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