Puzzle: Four-Letter Word for Contradiction


It’s been a while since I’ve made a puzzle post.

This puzzle is a four-letter word for contradiction.

No, it’s not one of those kinds of four-letter words.

Yuck! Now I have to wipe that foul language off my blog.

(Just teasing.)

Here comes a hint.

Believe it or not, the people below are all talking about the same thing:

John: I know exactly what I’m doing.

Ivan: Everyone knows you’re making the biggest mistake of your life except for you.

Jean: I made that mistake before, and I want you to benefit from my wisdom.

Geovanni: You’re doing the wrong thing, but sometimes we need to learn for ourselves.

Yohan: Maybe it’s not as bad as it seems after all.

Jonka: Don’t worry. It will all work out in the end.

In fact, these could all be the same person thinking about similar circumstances at different times.

Remember, we’re looking for a four-letter word for contradiction.

Spoiler alert.

Ready or not.

Here comes the answer.

It’s something we can all relate to. It’s called life.


















Copyright © 2014 Chris McMullen

Word Scrambles for Writers

Word Scrambles

Love to write? Enjoy puzzles? Then you might have a little fun unscrambling the letters of these word scramble puzzles.

Rearrange the letters of each puzzle to form an English word that relates to writing.

(1) G-R-E-E-N

(2) I-D-G-O-A-L

(3) S-H-A-P-E-R

(4) I-I-N-O-T-E-D

(5) M-A-R-M-A-R-G

(6) N-O-S-T-I-Q-U-E

(7) C-H-E-A-T-C-A-R-R

(8) C-U-T-E-T-U-N-A-P

If you’d like a little help, first check out the hints below (but if you scroll too far down, you’ll come to the answers).


  1. Fantasy or romance, for example.
  2. Two people speaking to one another.
  3. Not enough to be a complete sentence.
  4. Many books come in a few of these; it’s especially common with textbooks.
  5. An editor can help you with this.
  6. This one begins with Q.
  7. Every story has several of these.
  8. You can’t write a sentence without doing this, unless your name is ee cummings.


These are written backwards in case you weren’t ready to read them yet, but happened to catch them with your eye.

  1. erneg
  2. golaid
  3. esarhp
  4. noitide
  5. rammarg
  6. noitseuq
  7. retcarahc
  8. etautcnup

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A New Kind of Word Puzzle

I enjoy rearranging the letters of word scrambles to form words. Sometimes while I was giving physical science exams I would stare at the periodic table and see if I could make words from the symbols. For example, you can make the words CrYPtIC, VErBAl, ThErMoDyNAmICs, BRaIn PoWEr, ThEsAuRuS, and thousands of others. My favorite “chemical word” is ScAtTeRbRaIn — a 12-letter word made from 6 symbols. My coauthor, Carolyn Kivett, and I have published a series of puzzle books featuring chemical words. The first books of this series are called Chemical Word Scrambles, and come in Easy, Medium, and Hard volumes. What we enjoy about these books is that they allow us to use a vocabulary of longer words (compared to ordinary word scrambles) without increasing the difficulty of the puzzle. For example, it’s easier to unscramble the 6 symbols Tb-In-S-Ru-H-Pa to form the chemical word PaInTbRuSH than it is to unscramble the 10 letters t-b-i-n-s-r-u-h-p-a to form the ordinary word paintbrush.