This is in the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a certain rule, I call it an Intermittent Word™. Use the following examples to find the rule:

Intermittent Words™ Not Intermittent Words™
Newfoundland Yukon
Currants Sultanas
Dynamo Engine
Bear Lion
North South
Brandy Whiskey
America Canada
Mountain Peak

CSV version:

Intermittent Words™, Not Intermittent Words™
Newfoundland, Yukon
Currants, Sultanas
Dynamo, Engine
Bear, Lion
North, South
Brandy, Whiskey
America, Canada
Mountain, Peak
  • $\begingroup$ Are there more words like this? $\endgroup$
    – Rahul Bali
    Oct 12 '17 at 5:25
  • $\begingroup$ Yes there could be many more words like this... $\endgroup$ Oct 13 '17 at 9:54

Every Intermittent Word™...

begins and ends with a two-letter symbol for an element.

For example:

Newfoundland: Neon (Ne) and Neodymium (Nd)
Currants: Copper (Cu) and Tennessine (Ts)
Dynamo: Dysprosium (Dy) and Molybdenum (Mo)
Bear: Beryllium (Be) and Argon (Ar)
North: Nobelium (No) and Thorium (Th)
Brandy: Bromine (Br) and Dysprosium (Dy)
America: Americium (Am) and Calcium (Ca)
Mountain: Molybdenum (Mo) and Indium (In)

I assume they are called Intermittent Words™...

as a clue. Intermittent (occurring at irregular intervals) is the opposite of periodic (occurring regularly), and the answer can be found using the Periodic Table of Elements.

  • $\begingroup$ Wow that's gotta be it, nice work! $\endgroup$
    – Sensoray
    Jan 10 '18 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ That's it...let gnovice's halo gleam forth! $\endgroup$ Jan 11 '18 at 0:42

All Intermittent Words are

basically, opposite vector to Not Intermittent words


Newfoundland is below Yukon geographically, Currants are darker then Sultanas(below in colors), South is opposite to North, Bear lives North and Lions South, America below Canada, And Peak is on top of the Mountain.

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ How is North below South? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Oct 2 '17 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ Screwed this one, wrong wording. Going to fix that $\endgroup$ Oct 2 '17 at 17:24
  • 5
    $\begingroup$ It's common in these kinds of puzzles to provide opposites in both columns, but the rule should only relate to the word itself. $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Oct 2 '17 at 17:35

Well, here is an answer:

Intermittent words are those whose first letter when combined with random numbered (between 1 and 4 - and these numbers are intermittent) letters from left to right form some meaningful words and the same is not the case with Not Intermittent words.

For example:

NEWFOUNDLAND can form NOUN/NUN (by skipping 3/4 consecutive letters),
CURRANTS can form CAN (by skipping 3 letters),
DYNAMO can form DAM/DO (by skipping 2 / 4 letters),
BEAR can form BAR (by skipping 1 letter) and so on.

  • $\begingroup$ WHISKEY can form WISE, so it is intermittent word following your logic $\endgroup$
    – Novarg
    Nov 9 '17 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ What about North vs South? I can't see how this argument is applied consistently for these two. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Nov 9 '17 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Novarg well, my words illustrated are having only one skip. No two skips. Two arrive at WISE from WHISKEY, you need two skips! $\endgroup$ Nov 9 '17 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ @MeaCulpaNay another example then: CANADA - CAD $\endgroup$
    – Novarg
    Nov 9 '17 at 10:44

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