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2 April 1999

Silent Alphabet

The Tintin comics from Europe feature a funny pair of detectives named Thomson and Thompson. The latter introduces himself as "Thompson with a 'p' as in psychology." This suggests a tricky stumper. Try to find pairs of words that differ by the addition of just one letter, but are pronounced the same. For example, for A there is isle (island) and aisle (passageway). Can we find a pair of words for every letter of the alphabet? It's best to use standard dictionary words with different meanings. This can become an obsession!

I suppose I should thank Graybear for sending this stumper, but it's taken hours of my time! As a bonus, are there pairs of words that are opposites?

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