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Conundrums R Us

9 September, 2014

Morning dabblers, and welcome to a brand-new DA website. Well, a tighter and tidier forum anyhow, thanks to the new chat host in DisQus. (And thanks for your patience if the upload blocked your access for a while.)

Now, onto puzzly matters. I've discovered a Chicago guy called Sandy Weisz, alias The Puzzler. A lofty moniker, but Sandy fulfils the brief with a great archive of diverse brain-scratchers here. Take a dip and enjoy.  

Two of his wordier teasers that still await solutions are below. Any inklings?  

1.  What geogrpahical trait do all these words have in common? 

  • COOK
  • THIN
  • BINS
  • MOCK
  • SCAD
  • LOAN
  • MAID
  • CULTS  

2.  Take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end and rotate it 90 degrees. You’ll get a new word that is pronounced exactly the same as the first word. What words are these? [There may be two solutions.]  

Any other conundrums - original or imported - you wish to share? You know we love a good mind-melt in the morning. (Share your ideas, breakthroughs and forum feedback below.)

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