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q: Off With Their Heads (Reader Comments)

28 April 1997

(Last updated: 31 August 1997)

Dobe suggests "are <— share," which brings up an extension or variation of the Queen's Game: beheading by two letters to produce a non-rhyming word. I'm not certain yet whether such two-letter beheadments are significantly more common than the one-letter version; so far I've only found a few:

Of course, one could generalize further to allow removing any number of letters from the beginning of the word to produce a non-rhyming word, but I suspect that much expansion opens the field too wide.

Jim Moskowitz found an expanded version of the beheadable sentence in Dmitri Borgmann's Language on Vacation:

Show this bold Prussian that praises slaughter, slaughter brings rout. Teach this slaughter-lover his fall nears.

Which, of course, beheads to: "How his old Russian hat raises laughter—laughter rings out! Each, his laughter over, is all ears."


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