Word-Number Codes 3

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Word-Number Codes 3

Word-Number Codes mean looking carefully at the alphabet.

This third Word-Number Codes Quiz approaches the techniques you need from a rather different angle. There are all sorts of shortcuts you can use to narrow down the options in an 11-Plus Verbal Reasoning assessment - once you know what you are doing.

This time we will give you a keyword and four others of varying lengths, each of which is another acceptable English word ... apart from one! Your task is to pick out the only word that would NOT be possible or sensible.

If, for instance, your 'master' word were STRAWBERRIES and you had decoded as far as RABB - - , it would be likely that the word you were aiming for was RABBIT ... certainly worth sticking-with and checking; whereas if you reckoned you had reached REB..., you might be safe (REBOUND, for instance; but you haven't got the right vowels for that), but REBB ... , with its double B, does not look as though it leads to a word made only from the letters in STRAWBERRIES.

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Example: if 03625847159 'spells' EDUCATIONAL, which of the following would NOT make a recognisable word?

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95848630
2568471
51842690120

These, if duly decoded, would give you CANDLE, LATITUDE and CAUTION (the -TION group lifted wholesale from the original word; usually they'd be more artfully hidden); the final word would have been ANTICULENCE, which consists entirely of plausible syllables but ~ as far as we know ~ does not exist or have any meaning.
  1. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If 3421554671843 'spells' DECAFFEINATED, which of the following is NOT a possible English word?
    The possible words were FENCE, TENANT and FIANCEE (a woman engaged to be married); the last word would have contained a double I which is extremely unlikely, and it begins with a 9 which we never had the code for.
    Later examples may not contain quite so many giveaways, but we hope this has helped to get you started!
  2. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If UNDERGROUND is coded as 53742621537, which of the following is NOT a normal English word?
    Answer 3 would have 'spelt' GRONER, which consists of possible letter-groups but could only be assumed as a misspelling of 'groaner' (the best otherwise possible, and phonetically plausible; but we didn't have access to A this time). The other words, in order as given, were the boy's name Roger; Dungeon, and Nudged
  3. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If BREADSTICK in 'clear' is coded as 3918647025, which of the following is NOT a recognised English word?
    Answer 2 would have yielded 'strabed'; the others, in order, were SCARED, TRICKSTER and BRACKETED
  4. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If 714296512823 'spells' STRAIGHTAWAY, which of the following is NOT a recognisable English word?
    Answer 2 would have given 'thrawsty' (possibly a dialect word for THIRSTY, which we could have made; but we haven't ever come across it!). The other words were Wrist, Swarthy and Waists
  5. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If SPONGEBAG is coded as 856241734, which of the following would NOT be an acceptable English word?
    Answer 1 would have been BOOGANS; the remainder (in order) were BABOONS, PAGES and BAGGAGE (you probably spotted the repeated letters by the time you checked that one ... assuming you did!)
  6. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If TRAMPOLINE is coded as 6401953827, which of the following is NOT an acceptable English word?
    The four words should have been PARLIAMENT, PETROL, RATTLE and IMPERMANENT, but there was a 'deliberate clerical error' in Answer 2 which was mis-coded as PERTOL. Sneaky, huh?
  7. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If ASTONISHING is coded as 64527341378, which of the following does NOT represent a correct English word?
    Answer 3 would give ASSIGNANTS which sounds like an old Anglo-French legal term (and possily is), but certainly not a regular mainstream English word nowadays. The correct words were GHOST, STATION and AGAINST
  8. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If 748251069348 'spells' CONVERSATION, which of the following does NOT come 'clear' as a normal English word?
    Answer 3 would have given you VONICATORS; the others this time (in order, as ever) were SERVANT, TRANSVERSE and CONVICTS
  9. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If PROCRASTINATE in 'clear' becomes 8490461375632, which of the following is NOT the code for a normal English word?
    If you checked Answer 1 right through, you would have rejected it as apparently representing a 'word-oid' 'Transporteen'. The others were INCINERATOR, PINSTRIPE (a pattern of cloth, as worn traditionally in certain businessmen's suits and formal trousers) and ANTISEPTIC
  10. Pick out the ONE Answer that CANNOT be a proper English word according to the code within the Question.
    If 630925731847 'spells' BREAKTHROUGH (hurrah!), which of the following would NOT be a proper English word?
    Answer 2 would offer you BARKET which sounds plausible, but does not exist. (It has the slight sound of a London Underground station about it, but we can only offer Barking or Barnet!) The others were BROUGHT, BEGETTER (a rather old-fashioned, but still occasionally-heard term meaning 'someone who dreams up a project, and/or brings it into reality' ... rather like the old family histories in the Bible where 'Abraham begat Isaac' etc.) ... and lastly, REGATTA (a parade or tournament of boats, probably powered by rowers, as in the classical heyday of Venice)

Author: Ian Miles

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