Puzzle: What do these words have in common: mate, peck . . .

Picture 147. . . miss, pot, and blunder ?

This puzzle is the challenge used by Will Shortz this week on the NPR Weekend Edition Puzzle. Here it is, narrated — it’s the last bit of the segment:

http://www.npr.org/2013/06/16/191840752/youd-better-sit-tight-for-this-one

I suggested it to the show a few weeks ago — of course Shortz knew the answer already, but decided to use it.

I’ve been collecting these for years.  I have a few more, also.

(N.B. the palm tree photo has nothing to do with it.  I just like palm trees.)

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One thought on “Puzzle: What do these words have in common: mate, peck . . .

  1. And THE ANSWER is: Each can use any of the other four vowels to replace its first one. Mate, mete, mite, mote, mute, and so on.

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