Games Online Contest #34

This contest closed on November 1, 2011. A new contest will appear soon.

Here was the original challenge:

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

eviation

Each of the strings of letters below (1–25) is a word from which one or more letters has been removed. The removed letters, in order, form a standard abbreviation of the complete word. For example, given the letter string uar, the letters qt can be added to spell quart, for which qt is the normal abbreviation. Or the abbreviation abbr can be added to the title of this contest to form the word abbreviation.

The object of this contest is to find the complete words for as many of the 25 letter strings as possible. Capitalization of words or abbreviations is not relevant in this contest; all letters are shown in lower case and may be submitted that way in your entry.

1. iloram
2. ersu
3. erb
4. artmen
5. uanti
6. land
7. lon
8. retar
9. outhast
10. igha
11. uiin
12. orne
13. imate
14. ive
15. oa
16. en
17. istan
18. ee
19. illiar
20. esae
21. nth
22. uare
23. riae
24. ou
25. our

The Solution

Our intended answers (as well as some common alternatives that were also acceptable) are as follows, with abbreviations repeated in parentheses for convenience:

1. kilogram (kg)
2. versus (vs)
3. adverb (adv) or verb (v)
4. department (dept) or apartment (apt)
5. quantity (qty)
6. island (is)
7. gallon (gal)
8. secretary (secy)
9. southeast (se)
10. highway (hwy)
11. building (bldg)
12. attorney (atty)
13. approximate (approx) or estimate (est)
14. drive (dr)
15. road (rd)
16. dozen (doz) or cent (ct)
17. assistant (asst)
18. feet (ft) or week (wk)
19. millibar (mb)
20. message (msg)
21. month (mo)
22. square (sq)
23. private (pvt)
24. hour (hr) or route (rte)
25. court (ct) or hour (h)

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