These hard brain teasers are challenging puzzles that upper grades students and adults can usually solve in a relatively short amount of time. The trick is to read and understand each clue, then decide which one can be solved first, second and so on.
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hopefully -- arrive at the right answers.
A. Read the clues carefully. Spell an 8-letter mystery word using this set of clues.
1. The second and fourth letters of the mystery word are the same.
2. The first letter of the mystery word comes alphabetically right before the seventh letter in the mystery word.
3. The seventh letter of the mystery word comes alphabetically just before the sixth letter in the mystery word.
4. The eighth letter of the mystery word is the third vowel in the alphabet.
5. The second letter of the mystery word is the second letter in a word that sounds like bear.
6. The seventh letter of the mystery word is the first letter in the 11th month of the year.
7. The fifth letter of the mystery word is the fourth letter in the second month of the year.
8. The third letter of the mystery word sounds like the word for a large body of water.
B. Read the clues carefully. Spell an 8-letter mystery word using this set of clues.
1. The letter P appears twice in this word.
The 4th letter of the mystery word is also the
first letter in the names of two days of the week.
3. The 8th letter of the mystery word is also the first letter in the names of two days of the week. It is not the same as the 4th letter of the mystery word.
4. The 2nd letter of the mystery word is the 12th letter of the alphabet.
5. The 3rd letter of the mystery word is the first letter in a word that is a homonym for heir.
6. The 6th and 7th letters of the mystery word, when reversed, spell a two-letter word that means the opposite of down.
7. The 5th letter of the mystery word is one that be used as either a vowel or a consonant.
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