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Wordplay Wednesday - Mar 4

Postby eoyount » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:37 am

There is only one common, uncapitalized English word that matches each of these patterns. (Though readers with expansive vocabularies may be able to think of a less common alternate or two.) Can you name all four words?

W A _ _ A _
W E _ _ A _
W I _ _ A _
W O _ _ A _


I came up with
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WICCAN

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WOMBAT

for the last two.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - Mar 4

Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:48 am

Close! Wiccan's usually capitalized, bro.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - Mar 4

Postby eoyount » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:56 am

Okay, after some more thought, I think I have all four:

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WAYLAY

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WEBCAM

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WIGWAM

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WOMBAT
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - Mar 4

Postby SMWinnie » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:57 am

Excellent. I can stop trying to think of an ordered set of three letters that fits all four patterns.

I'll use the free time to work on reading comprehension.

The upside of my misread is, I basically got to read a bunch of unpublished Dr. Seuss books. For instance:

Wambat Wembat, Wimbat Wombat.

...the heartwarming story of the youngest member of the Wembat clan, Wambat the Wimbat operator.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - Mar 4

Postby Ken Jennings » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:41 am

Those were my four. Other (less common) dictionary-approved alternatives include the archaic "withal" and the Anglo-Indian "wallah."
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