Just for fun, I thought I’d toss you a riddle; try to figure out the answer without using a search engine!
Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five-letter word. What am I?
Write your guesses in the comments below, and I’ll give the answer in the comments tomorrow! Have fun!
25 responses to “Saturday Riddle #1: A Five-Letter Word”
I give up. You win!
Keep trying! 🙂
I’ll keep trying too.
Gnome? Well, kinda sorta… this is tricky! 🤔
Nope! Keep trying! 🙂
If you take the first letter off Trump it sort of MEANS the same thing …
The riddle is stated in English but does not explicitly say that it is an English word. I trust there is no trickery here. I am also utterly clueless.
No Trickery. 🙂
The answer to the riddle is: EMPTY
I was looking for words starting with ps or a silent h. Your answer is good but a bit tricksy.
Here’s another, this time, this time 11 letters: —ergro—. The same 3 letters in the same sequence at the beginning and end make this an everyday word.
Pronunciations differ, of course. I wrote a post about that as an example of something with much more general importance.
If I tried to pronounce MPTY or EMPT, I would probably say something that sounds only a little like EMPTY, because I would just name each letter. Maybe EMPT would come out like EXEMPT w/o the X. But EMTY does work for me. It looks like an acronym that definitely wants to be pronounced as a word (like ASAP).
That’s true, but if your starting point is the word “empty”, and you take away the letters gradually, you’ll still end up pronouncing the word the same because you “know”. 🙂
Take away *all* 3 of the letters suddenly rather than gradually, and the result is MT. That is something I do pronounce like EMPTY. What I “know” does not change how I pronounce a partial takeaway.
And the answer is…?
Nope, but good try! It’s “empty”. 🙂
Elementary, my dear Watson. It looks painfully like a compound word, since the letters ‘ergro’ don’t naturally to of the tongue. So, could it be —erg/ro— or rather —er/gro—? Does that help?
Nope. What’s the answer?
Like most riddles, the answer is obvious once you know it. 🙂