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Mental Aerobics...

Posted By: Randy GageMarch 12, 2010

In yesterday’s post we discussed the prosperity power of ideas and creative thinking.  Great comments going, so check them out if you haven’t.  And while we’re on the subject of exercising your brain, this looks like a good time to give you some mental aerobics.  But be warned:  You’re going to really have to work on this one.  

This is a fun exercise.  It’s a great way to get your brain in gear, and shake the rust off your vocabulary.  I am going to give you some strange letter sequences and ask you for a word it is found in.  For instance, “EQU.”  That seems unusual, but you just saw it in sequence.  How about “DKA?”  Well you’d find that in vodka.  Got it?  Good!

So here are 15 uncommon letter sequences.  Can you find at least one English word that contains each of these letter sequences?  Hell, since so many of you are from other countries, it doesn’t have to be English really.  I just know that there are English words that contain these sequences.  If you know a word in another language that works too.  Let’s see how many you can get.

Give it your best shot before you scroll down to the comments and see the answers from other people.  I’ll give you my answers on the next post.

1)    XYG
2)    OPSOI
3)    UPTC
4)    NKYA
5)    URTSH
6)    AKFA
7)    NNERM
8)    RDAMO
9)    UEBI
10)    NDTHR
11)    EZVO
12)    ALFUN
13)    SQUERA
14)    AELST
15)    XSW

I just arrived in Riga, Latvia.  A very cool place; reminds me a lot of Prague.  Look forward to meeting some of you here this weekend!

-RG

14 comments on “Mental Aerobics...”

  1. 1. Oxygen
    2. TOPSOIL
    3. cuptchow
    4. crankyankers
    5. hurtsh
    6. Akfadou
    7. lubrinnerm helps the mesonnerm
    8. cardamom
    9. Obi One Kaneubi, jedi knight
    10. sandthrax
    11. EZvolume
    12. malfunction
    13. valasquera
    14. maelstrom
    15. xsweat-the really stinky sweat.

  2. 1) XYG - Oxygen
    2) OPSOI - TopSoil
    3) UPTC - bankruptcy
    4) NKYA - junkyard
    5) URTSH - courtship
    6) AKFA - breakfast
    7) NNERM - innermost
    8) RDAMO - cardamom
    9) UEBI - Bluebird
    10) NDTHR - underthrow
    11) EZVO - rendezvous
    12) ALFUN
    13) SQUERA
    14) AELST
    15) XSW

  3. I cannot take full credit for my answers as I had help from some of my friends.

    I was really stumped on 15, and after my good friend Jenn provided the answer I had no idea what a Coxswain was 🙂

    1. Oxygen
    2. Topsoil
    3. Bankruptcy
    4. Junkyard
    5. Courtship
    6. Breakfast
    7. Innermost
    8. Cardamom
    9. Bluebird
    10. Spendthrift
    11. Rendezvous
    12. Malfunction
    13. Masquerade
    14. Maelstrom
    15. Coxswain

  4. 1) XYG=oxygen
    2) OPSOI=topsoil
    3) UPTC=bankruptcy
    4) NKYA=junkyard
    5) URTSH=courtship
    6) AKFA=steakfat or breakfast
    7) NNERM=innerman
    8) RDAMO=cordamon
    9) UEBI=bluebird
    10) NDTHR=spendthrift
    11) EZVO=rendezvous
    12) ALFUN=malfunction
    13) SQUER=masquerade
    14) AELST=maelstrom
    15) XSW= coxswain

  5. the only 2 i needed help on was 14 & 15! &&&& i learned new words today!
    funny to see the different perceptions.

    now i am smarter! thanks for the exercise..

    av un n via! ock n oll! (mine is much simpler!!)
    G

  6. Hej Randy
    Oxygen was the only one I could answer.I have three questions to you I hope you can answer even if this is not the right place to answer them-I know but I am very courious:
    1.Are you married and have children?
    2.What do you mean with fundamentalist agnostic?
    3.What kind of pedagogic do you think children shall have to really enjoy the school and grow up in a good way?
    If you answer all 3, I´ll be VERY happy
    If you don´t answer all three I´ll be VERY sad
    THANK YOU

  7. 1. oxygen
    2. topsoil
    3. bankruptcy
    4. junkyard
    5. no idea
    6. breakfast
    7. innermost
    8. no idea
    9. bluebird
    10. spendthrift
    11. rendezvous
    12.malfunction
    13. masquerade
    14.maelstrom
    15. no idea

  8. too easy, but still enjoyed doing it. what did I win. LOL. How about a personal email with a special message to use on my way to prosperity. I wil frame it and put it on my wall.

  9. 1) oXYGen
    2) tOPSOIl
    3) BankrUPTCy
    4) juNKYArd
    5) coURTSHip
    6) breAKFAst
    7) iNNERMost
    8) RDAMO (reoccurring - dreams - are - more - offending)
    9) blUEBIrd
    10) NDTHR (Next- Day- the- hero- returns)
    11) EZVO No idea
    12) mALFUNction
    13) maSQUERAde
    14) AELST too tired
    15) coXSWain

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  • 14 comments on “Mental Aerobics...”

    1. 1. Oxygen
      2. TOPSOIL
      3. cuptchow
      4. crankyankers
      5. hurtsh
      6. Akfadou
      7. lubrinnerm helps the mesonnerm
      8. cardamom
      9. Obi One Kaneubi, jedi knight
      10. sandthrax
      11. EZvolume
      12. malfunction
      13. valasquera
      14. maelstrom
      15. xsweat-the really stinky sweat.

    2. 1) XYG - Oxygen
      2) OPSOI - TopSoil
      3) UPTC - bankruptcy
      4) NKYA - junkyard
      5) URTSH - courtship
      6) AKFA - breakfast
      7) NNERM - innermost
      8) RDAMO - cardamom
      9) UEBI - Bluebird
      10) NDTHR - underthrow
      11) EZVO - rendezvous
      12) ALFUN
      13) SQUERA
      14) AELST
      15) XSW

    3. I cannot take full credit for my answers as I had help from some of my friends.

      I was really stumped on 15, and after my good friend Jenn provided the answer I had no idea what a Coxswain was 🙂

      1. Oxygen
      2. Topsoil
      3. Bankruptcy
      4. Junkyard
      5. Courtship
      6. Breakfast
      7. Innermost
      8. Cardamom
      9. Bluebird
      10. Spendthrift
      11. Rendezvous
      12. Malfunction
      13. Masquerade
      14. Maelstrom
      15. Coxswain

    4. 1) XYG=oxygen
      2) OPSOI=topsoil
      3) UPTC=bankruptcy
      4) NKYA=junkyard
      5) URTSH=courtship
      6) AKFA=steakfat or breakfast
      7) NNERM=innerman
      8) RDAMO=cordamon
      9) UEBI=bluebird
      10) NDTHR=spendthrift
      11) EZVO=rendezvous
      12) ALFUN=malfunction
      13) SQUER=masquerade
      14) AELST=maelstrom
      15) XSW= coxswain

    5. the only 2 i needed help on was 14 & 15! &&&& i learned new words today!
      funny to see the different perceptions.

      now i am smarter! thanks for the exercise..

      av un n via! ock n oll! (mine is much simpler!!)
      G

    6. Hej Randy
      Oxygen was the only one I could answer.I have three questions to you I hope you can answer even if this is not the right place to answer them-I know but I am very courious:
      1.Are you married and have children?
      2.What do you mean with fundamentalist agnostic?
      3.What kind of pedagogic do you think children shall have to really enjoy the school and grow up in a good way?
      If you answer all 3, I´ll be VERY happy
      If you don´t answer all three I´ll be VERY sad
      THANK YOU

    7. 1. oxygen
      2. topsoil
      3. bankruptcy
      4. junkyard
      5. no idea
      6. breakfast
      7. innermost
      8. no idea
      9. bluebird
      10. spendthrift
      11. rendezvous
      12.malfunction
      13. masquerade
      14.maelstrom
      15. no idea

    8. too easy, but still enjoyed doing it. what did I win. LOL. How about a personal email with a special message to use on my way to prosperity. I wil frame it and put it on my wall.

    9. 1) oXYGen
      2) tOPSOIl
      3) BankrUPTCy
      4) juNKYArd
      5) coURTSHip
      6) breAKFAst
      7) iNNERMost
      8) RDAMO (reoccurring - dreams - are - more - offending)
      9) blUEBIrd
      10) NDTHR (Next- Day- the- hero- returns)
      11) EZVO No idea
      12) mALFUNction
      13) maSQUERAde
      14) AELST too tired
      15) coXSWain

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