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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

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What exceptional words turn into other words by insertion of letters?

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longest hydration (double reheadment) (D,R)EVOLUTIONIST (12/13)
longest hospitable word (insert letter anywhere)
CARES: SCARES, CHARES, CADRES, CARIES, CARETS, CARESS
shortest hostile word (no deletion possible) SYZYGY (6)
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Unless noted otherwise, all words occur in Webster's Third New International
Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, MA, 1961.

 

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