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Which words can and can't be made from 'kingfisher'?

Words that Cannot be Made 3

This is the third quiz in our series of ones all about finding words which cannot be made from longer words. That is a type of question sometimes included in the 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam. Not often, to be sure, but occasionally.

So why bother with these quizzes then, if they are seldom included in the test? Well, two reasons: they are a good way to practice concentration, which is always a good habit to get into. They also improve your powers of observation, trying to spot certain letters in words makes you more watchful and alert.

So, on with the quiz. Take your time and please do not rush. Being fast is good, but being accurate is much more important. Good luck!

Example:
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word POSITIONAL?

Postal
Opal
Notion
Posit
Pools
Satin

It doesn’t matter whether or not you know what the words mean. Just look at the letters they contain and see if they are in the word 'POSITIONAL' the correct amount of times.
The only one of the options which cannot be formed is 'notion', purely because the letter 'N' only appears once in 'POSITIONAL', but twice in ‘notion’.
1.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word KINGFISHER?
Resigns
Shrieking
Gherkins
Refinish
All of the words can be made, except for ‘resigns’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘kingfisher’ has only one
2.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word LIGHTBULBS?
Blights
Thugs
Slights
Gills
All of the words can be made, except for ‘slights’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘lightbulbs’ has only one.
A ‘blight’ is something which damages or spoils something, or a crop disease. A ‘slight’ is an insult
3.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word TELEPORTED?
Deplore
Treetop
Droplet
Deported
All of the words can be made, except for ‘deported’ as this contains two of the letter ‘D’, but ‘teleported’ has only one
4.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word INCREDIBLE?
Dribbled
Inedible
Reclined
Decibel
All of the words can be made, except for ‘Dribbled’ as this contains two of the letters ‘B’ and ‘D’, but ‘incredible’ has only one of each
5.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word QUANDARIES?
Asunder
Squander
Sequined
Squired
All of the words can be made, except for ‘sequined’ as this contains two of the letter ‘E’, but ‘quandaries’ has only one
6.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word NIGHTWEAR?
Hairnet
Warthog
Granite
Watering
All of the words can be made, except for ‘warthog’ as this contains a letter ‘O’, but ‘nightwear’ does not
7.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word CARNATIONS?
Constrain
Raincoats
Container
Sanction
All of the words can be made, except for ‘container' as this contains a letter ‘E’, but ‘carnations’ does not.
To ‘constrain’ is to force someone to do something, and to ‘sanction’ is to allow or give approval
8.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word WINDSCREEN?
Cinders
Rewind
Widen
Sinners
All of the words can be made, except for ‘sinners’ as this contains two of the letter ‘S’, but ‘windscreen’ has only one
9.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word FIREBRAND?
Infrared
Refined
Friend
Raider
All of the words can be made, except for ‘refined’ as this contains two of the letter ‘E’, but ‘firebrand’ has only one
10.
Which of the following words can NOT be made from the letters of the word OUTNUMBERED?
Entombed
Remounted
Mentored
Bounded
All of the words can be made, except for ‘bounded’ as this contains two of the letter ‘D’, but ‘outnumbered’ has only one
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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