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Watch in this example as the words PARLOUS and MANIAC pair up and unzip to produce PROSAIC and ALUMNA:

PARLOUS    MANIAC


PARLOUS  MANIAC


PARLOUSMANIAC


P R O S A I C
 A L U M N A


PROSAIC
ALUMNA

In the example above, we will refer to PROSAIC as the firstborn child because it holds the first letter ("P").

I have created 25 more such word families, but I have only given you the firstborn child. See if you can determine the rest of the family (i.e., the two parents and the second child).

  1. SARDINES
  2. FUTURES
  3. GENESIS
  4. GENTLE
  5. CENSER
  6. BRAINED
  7. PINCER
  8. BADDIE
  9. POISON
  10. GATORS
  11. GUSHED
  12. WAGONS
  13. PORTED
  14. SUREST
  15. PENNED
  16. TRIALS
  17. TIPPED
  18. CLIMES
  19. CRONES
  20. TAPERS
  21. UNREAL
  22. SALTED
  23. SACRED
  24. GENRES
  25. CLOSES
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Here are some possibilities:

1 sardines

sparred fiancees sardines preface

2 futures

fruitful reeds futures rifled

3 genesis

green beasties genesis rebate

4 gentle

greens tolled gentle resold

5 censer

cleans sheers censer lashes

6 brained

barbarian deed brained abrade

7 pincer

pliant cheer pincer lathe

8 baddie

bearded cites baddie erects

9 poison

peonies moan poison enema

10 gators

giant tourist gators intuit

11 gushed

gauss thready gushed astray

12 wagons

wear goodness wagons erodes

13 ported

poop retreads ported operas

14 surest

scurries sits surest crisis

15 penned

preening end penned reign

16 trials

toroidal less trials oodles

17 tipped

tailpipe end tipped alien

18 climes

calcium tees climes acute

19 crones

cardoon bees crones adobe

or

cartoon mess crones atoms

or

carrom needs crones armed

20 tapers

traipse erns tapers risen

or

traipse errs tapers riser

21 unreal

unnerve earl unreal never

22 salted

scarlet peed salted crepe

or

starlit peed salted tripe

or

starlit teed salted trite

23 sacred

scarcer peed sacred crepe

24 genres

greener less genres reels

or

green oriels genres reoil

or

glean creeds genres laced

25 closes

callous mess closes alums

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  • $\begingroup$ Impressive! Was that done without computer help? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 17 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ Heck, no! Python and a reasonable dictionary makes this stuff not too tricky. There's was a bit of optimization to get this one working. It would be very hard to do without a computer I think. $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Feb 18 at 0:48
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    $\begingroup$ That's what I thought, which is why I asked the question :-). (I agree that it's pretty easy by computer.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 18 at 0:56

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