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Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 8:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What is the connection between the words 'Antics' and 'Ideals'?
John Faben (Bentarm)
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 10:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They're both English words?
They both have six letters?
They both appear before 'loquacious' in the dictionary?
neither of them is a chicken?
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 11:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Spelt backwards, are they each a word which means "drunk" in a Scandinavian language?
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 5:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think "Slaedi" is an archaic form in an obscure dialect only ever spoken by approximately 14.5 people, so I don't know if that counts, really.
Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 7:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for your comments .... I like the chicken reference! This is a genuine puzzle .... what I mean by that is you will not feel cheated when the answer is revealed. So .... let's have some ideas.
Z
Steve Wort (Wizardofnz)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 4:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They're both portmanteau words of similar creatures.

Ant + Ticks = Antics.

Ide + Eels = Ideals.
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 12:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Each is a plural noun which can be used as an adjective if the "s" is removed?

Neither can be found on the shelves of the average supermarket?

They are the only two English words which have never been used in a sentence together?
Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 12:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Steve is the closest so far!
Mosquito - sorry they have been used in a phrase before .... "The judge was full of ideals and increased the man's sentence for his antics in court".
Ask me some questions.
Warwick Bassett (Lemon_Martini)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 5:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Have they grown by adding letters?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 10:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

they are both plural...
Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 11:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Warwick - you are very close .... can you expand on your theory?
Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 11:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Whoops .... that last message should have been sent to Lemon Martini!
Hey guys, I think we are all in different time zones around from the gaps in times when we all make comments.
Warwick Bassett (Lemon_Martini)
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 5:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well I'm in the UK.

Each time you add a new letter,it makes a new word.... :)
Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 7:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Solved! Well done LM. I take my hat off to you! It seems there is no term in the dictionary for this format. These two words are the longest (6 letters) that I can find that follow the pattern.
Stay safe - Z
THIS PUZZLE IS NOW FINISHED.
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 3:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Obviously you can go longer if you can add to the front or back, e.g. pirates; longer still if you are permitted to add letters in the middle - e.g. startling. Can anyone get longer ones than these?

Good puzzle!
Howard Baynes (Zowie)
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 3:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just to clarify ...
.... the following two words appear to follow a unique pattern (starting with the first letter [both 'A' and 'I' are words] a new word can be created by adding each letter in turn to form the 6-letter words).

Antics:
A
An
Ant
Anti
Antic
Antics

Ideals:
I
Id
Ide
Idea
Ideal
Ideals

Any other comments? As this format does not have a dictionary term - does anyone want to suggest what it should be?
Z
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 4:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

great words to remember when playing Scrabble, for sure...:O

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