Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday Puzzle: Startling Subtraction

Take a look at the 9-letter word below:


S T A R T L I N G


It is possible to remove a single letter at a time, forming a new word each time, until you have formed a total of 9 words (including the starting word). The letters cannot be rearranged. Each time one letter is removed, a new word must be formed.


What are the words?


[Adapted from Martin Gardner, though I don't think he originated it]

4 comments:

Eye of the Frog said...

startling
starling
staring
string
sting
sing
sin
in
i

Funny, I had the most trouble going from sting to sing.

Joshua Fahey said...

startling
starting
staring
string
sting
sing
sin
in
i

Is another valid one

Karen LH said...

A third solution:

startling
starling
staring
string
sting
ting
tin
in
i

Thomas L. McDonald said...

All good solutions. I solved it with the first answer, my daughter solved it with the second, and I never even considered the third. "Ting" is obscure but completely valid. It's not even a proper noun, so it would be allowable in Scrabble.

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