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Old 03-03-2007, 06:28 AM   #1
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Default Interesting word puzzle

Last week’s “Car Guys” puzzler” was a word puzzle, and I thought I ought to be able to get it, but so far no luck. Maybe some of you will do better.

Most plurals in English are formed with “s.” A few others have other endings: “ia” (media), for example. But in virtually all cases, the plural and singular have the same root, and many of the same letters.

What plural has none of the same letters as its singular? The plural is archaic — the Car Guys found it in a hobbit book — but it is in most English dictionaries.

What are the two words, singular and plural?

We won’t know the answer until next week, as they just announced that the puzzler is on vacation this week. So you have a week to think about it.

If you get it by the end of Monday, March 5, you can go to the Car Talk site and enter to win a big $26 gift certificate that you can spend at their Shameless Commerce division web site. (Don’t post it here before Tuesday, just to be fair.)

Meanwhile, I am wondering how many such word pairs there may be.

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