# Words and symbols

As a word moves through a symbol (either left to right or top to bottom in a straight line), it changes according to a definite rule. Each of the four symbols has a different rule.

Insert the missing words into the empty boxes.

**This is just my assumption. I might be totally wrong.**
'White circle' represents #jumbling of alphabets# and 'dark triangle' represents #one alphabet deduction#.
Going by that logic, there is a relation between TIFFS and STIFFS.
However, that gives lots of outcomes for SOT. From what I assume to be the formations:

STO     SOT     OST     OTS     TOS     TSO
STOA    SOTH    COST    BOTS    TOSH    *
STOB    SOTS    DOST    COTS    TOSS
STOP    *       HOST    DOTS    TOST
STOW    *       LOST    HOTS
MOST    JOTS
POST    LOTS
TOST    MOTS
WOST    OOTS
POTS
ROTS
SOTS
TOTS
WOTS
But I cant link those words back to the 'dark circle' as all symbols have distinctly different rule pattern.

Certainly I am missing something somewhere. Anyone want to give this shot?

• Where you say alphabets, I think you mean letters. For most speakers of English, an alphabet is a collection of all possible letters, never a single letter. Jun 6, 2017 at 12:54

The symbols work in this way:
- black square "abcd" => "bcde"
- black circle "abcd" => "cbda"
- white circle "abcd" => "dabc"
- black triangle "abcd" => "dbc"

With "SEAT" ▼ "TEA" you can find "ROTS" ▼ "SOT" by applying exactly the same transformation (Assuming that the word to be found is an anagram of "SORT").
From there you can also find "TUBS" • "BUST" from "SORT" • "ROTS".
"EATS" ○ "SEAT" gives us "TIFFS" ○ "STIFF". All this has been found by applying simple changes of letters.
So we still have "STAR" ■ "TUBS" where we observe that it is to shift the letters of a row which gives us "SHEER" ■ "TIFFS".

• I didnot quite understand how you deduced that. Could you please explain a bit more? Jun 6, 2017 at 7:37
• should 'sheet' be 'sheer'?
– JMP
Jun 6, 2017 at 7:48
• Amitabh, I edited my answer. Hope it helps. @JonMark, indeed, my fault. Jun 6, 2017 at 8:08

Maybe square = change one, reassemble? And full circle = change one.

SORT -> SOFT -> SOT
STAR -> RUST -> BUST
FIFTH -> TIFFS -> STIFF

• Couldn't it be SORT->SOOT->SOT as well then? Jun 6, 2017 at 7:28
• @AmitabhGhosh Yea i guess, didn't knew this word before. Jun 6, 2017 at 7:31