I really liked this puzzle so I made my own version of it!

I'll give you an unusual set of letters which are present consicutively in one* word in the English language (and possibly its derivatives, e.g. plural, adverbial form, verbal form, negative form). Your job is to find that word.
For example, I say uirr, and you say... squirrel.

Rules are more or less the same than in the first puzzle:

  • No word is particularly obscure (I'm a non-native speaker myself.. so please don't hesitate to point out some mistakes!),
  • I found these words with some code, but it's to give you the pleasure of looking for them only with your brain (no computers),
  • There are no conjugated verbs, and no word necessarily plural,
  • No word starts with the set of letters,
  • * There may be 2 valid answers for some of these sets, but in that case one word is AFAICT much more uncommon than the other (like "I'd-never-heard-it-before" uncommon). In that case, an additional letter is given in brackets which must appear somewhere in the word (which is the most common one).

The sets:

  1. cebe [g]
  2. hq
  3. mcis
  4. eryd
  5. rsda
  6. ekb
  7. mitl
  8. apeg
  9. otew
  10. mnl
  11. ttir
  12. nusu
  13. wada
  14. ptc
  15. cesh [s]
  16. tapo
  17. etaw
  18. idig
  19. ptag [o]
  20. wili
  21. tebu
  22. rlp [o]
  23. eswe [i]

To give this puzzle a "final answer" whiff, here's a bonus : There are three groups of sets written with styling (bold, italic and bold italic). For each of these groups, the initials of the words to be found form another unusual set (initials contibute in the order they appear in - eg the set for the bold group is composed of the initials of words 1-3-5-7, in that order).
Finding the new word in which that set appears for each styling group will enable you to complete the following sentence:

I hope my puzzle is not a word word word.

  • $\begingroup$ To the anonymous editor who keeps suggesting edits to this post: the new combinations would spoil the final answer part. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ I am surprised that you included "rsda" and "eryd" in this list, because "rsd" and "ryd" also occur in only one word each. $\endgroup$
    – b_jonas
    Commented Feb 12, 2019 at 1:40

4 Answers 4


Complete 23 of 23
Includes answers from Omega Krypton, Bass and Quintec

  1  cebe  iceberg
  2  hq    earthquake
  3  mcis  circumcism (Quintec)
  4  eryd  everyday
  5  rsda  Thursday
  6  ekb   cheekbone (Quintec)
  7  mitl  limitless (Bass)
  8  apeg  scapegoat
  9  otew  noteworthy
 10  mnl   solemnly
 11  ttir  attire (Omega Krypton)
 12  nusu  unusual
 13  wada  nowadays
 14  ptc   bankruptcy (Quintec)
 15  cesh  spaceship
 16  tapo  juxtapose,gestapo
 17  etaw  getaway (Bass)
 18  idig  prestidigitation (Bass)
 19  ptag  heptagon (Omega Krypton)
 20  wili  twilight
 21  tebu  tastebud (Quintec)
 22  rlp   whirlpool (Bass)
 23  eswe  minesweeper (Bass)

Plus 3 of 3

  1..3..5..7  ictl  strictly
  9-11-13-15  nans  unanswerable
 17-19-21-23  ghtm  nightmare

  • $\begingroup$ on th right tracks ! you are correct for 19., which is a synonym, but a more correct version of Omega's proposition. As for 16, I was expecting your first proposition, the second one being a proper noun. $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Soltius (16) the second was first in mind, but seemed too easy. Regarding proper nouns: (5) is a proper noun. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, you're right for 5., I got tricked because in my native language, that word (and the other ones of the same type) is not proper ! $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ I have put the rest in my answer $\endgroup$
    – Quintec
    Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ Great job, everyone ! Sorry for the small mistakes ! $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 21:29

Partial Answer:




Bold Italics:



  • $\begingroup$ #19 could be h* instead of s* $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 17:54

Here are a couple that are missing from Daniel Mathias's answer:

7. mitl - limitless
14. ptc - captcha (?)
17. etaw - getaway
18. idig - prestidigitation (?)
22. rlp - whirlpool
23. eswe [i] - minesweeper

  • $\begingroup$ hahaha, wasn't expecting your proposition for 14., it's not in any dictionnary I was using, but I guess it can be accepted ! the three others are correct $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 18:21

Here are most of the the rest - hilarious coincidence that I was pondering the first... (I am not giving that story lol)

mcis - circumcise (British, I guess)
ekb - cheekbone
ptc - bankruptcy
tebu - is tastebud one word somewhere in the world? Looks like one... :P

  • $\begingroup$ For 3., i was thinking of the noun related to the verb you propose, which eliminates AmE/BrE differences. For 21., it was indeed what I was expecting, present in that form in both dictionnaries I used to make this puzzle.. But I guess they weren't reliable sources because it doesn't seem to exist written that way officialy. Sorry and well done ! $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Feb 3, 2019 at 19:23

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