by Ἔλλειψις Ἀστερίσκος and Ἔλλειψις Ἀπόστροφος
In this first puzzle of letter switcheroos, your task is—for each pair of words below—to form two new words by swapping one letter from each word, which will generally result in new words that are more appropriate for a SpecGram audience.
For example, starting with fictive / faction, you can swap the first i and the a to get factive / fiction. Similarly, you can swap the first u and the o in cupula / ovular to get copula / uvular.
Below are the word pairs to be transformed:
breach / matron
inflict / wetness
clinic / photic
fiction / dormant
crick / metel
emic / stet
aphorist / phonemic
massive / stamper
grove / taken
idiot / magma
sellable / variably
If you think you’ve figured out the answers, submit your solution to the editors of SpecGram by January 15, 2015, and you could win a prize.* Solutions and winners will be announced in the February issue.
The answers to last month’s EtymGeo™—Weird Little U.S. Towns, Part VI puzzle are: Marathon, Texas; Hurricane, Utah; Podunk, Vermont; Ordinary, Virginia; Quick, West Virginia; Index, Washington; Embarrass, Wisconsin; and Recluse, Wyoming.
* Note that SpecGram Anti-Hoarding Guidelines stipulate that puzzle-related prizes cannot be won by anyone who has won a puzzle-related prize in the last three months—though honor, fame, and glory may still be seized† on the metaphorical field of puzzle-related battle.
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