Here's a puzzle for you to solve

Sunday is drawing to a close. Tomorrow is Veterans’ Day — a holiday for many Americans. Oops! Correction: a holiday for many working Americans.

Are you game for giving those grey cells in your head a good exercise?

You are?

Good 😀

See if you can solve this puzzle:

What do the following seven words have in common? 

  1. Banana
  2. Dresser
  3. Grammar
  4. Potato
  5. Revive
  6. Uneven
  7. Assess

No cheating by peeking at the answer!

I’ll wait . . . .

Daffy Duck waitingHave you already given up?

C’mon! Give it another  try . . . .

shaking_headLook at each word carefully.

You’ll kick yourself when you discover the answer. 

ThinkingScratchHead-large

No, it is not that they all have at  least 2 double letters.

Give up?

kitty knows

Scroll down for the answer!

arrow2Answer:

For each of the seven words, if you take the first letter of each word and place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it’s the same word.

In other words, all seven words are a variant of a palindrome — a word that spells the same forward or backward. An example of a palindrome is the name Bob.

The seven words of this puzzle all become palindromes when you move the first letter of each word to the end of the word.

Did you figure it out?

I did, after two tries:  😀

  • I first thought the words all have the same number of letters. So I counted them: Banana (6); Dresser (7); Grammar (7); Potato (6); Revive (6); Uneven (6); Assess (6).  Nope, that’s not it.
  • Then I thought maybe the words are palindromes. That’s when I saw that in each case, putting the first letter at the end, makes each word a palindrome.

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

~Eowyn

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PatriotUSA
6 years ago

Two tries. Me mum was an English professor. I better know this.

Miche
Miche
6 years ago

Bob
By Weird Al.
https://youtu.be/JUQDzj6R3p4
This is just so brilliant and is garanteed to get a chuckle!
🙂

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  Miche

Did you mean: ‘guaranteed’? I think so, but I can’t get the video to download, some trouble my iMac’s having recently. Some do, some don’t, just like we, the sheeple!

Miche
Miche
6 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

I have a Mac, too. They are so fussy! And yeah, I meant guarantee. Lol! Typing from a phone. I went through Google to look up the video. For some reason, it doesn’t come up first on YouTube like it used to.

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  Miche

Thanks, as I actually feel better about mine & me now. I named my computer ‘My Monster’, and that’s on a good day!

Enzo
Enzo
6 years ago

The answer jumped out at me when I noticed “anana,” “resser,” “rammar” and especially “ssess.”

josephbc69
6 years ago
Reply to  Enzo

Yeah, those ‘ssess’ will get ya every time, dang it!

Hrmfc
Hrmfc
6 years ago

Oh dear my brain cells were not cooperative but it is late and we just got home from NJ so I will use that as an excuse. Compliments to everyone else!

Knight4GFC
6 years ago

I got it on the second try as well. I did learn a new word… “Palindrome”. Thanks. 🙂

Nancy
6 years ago

Reblogged this on " OUR WORLD".

Becky
Becky
6 years ago

I dont usually comment…but this was really good. Loved it! FOTM is my go to. I share alot of your stuff on FB.

TrailDust
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TrailDust
6 years ago

😀 You got me. I really had to cheat.