Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Palindrome Chunks (12/8)

First, read the paragraphs. The instructions come afterward.

Paul was an unusual boy. From an early age, he didn't play much with the other children, preferring activities which required only one. He insisted on wearing _______ well into boyhood and was just fine rejecting the usual undergarment upgrades. As far as hobbies, he loved _______ and even knew the different needles and patterns. He was comfortable sitting still for hours at a time, whiling the hours away without so much as a nod.

When Paul got to high school, he was completely _______. His laugh was deep and peculiar for someone so skinny. He didn't know what to say or do, didn't even know how to walk without drawing attention to himself. We got him a beat-up _______ to drive to school in, and perhaps that was his first real step into manhood.

But he never lost his high school nickname, _______. Perhaps he had received it from an upperclassman, or perhaps it was because he hadn't hit his last growth spurt until he was seventeen. Whatever the reason, the nickname stuck all the way until he landed a Saturday morning TV show for kid's. It just goes to show you never know.

Fill in the blanks with the following rules:

1) Every word will contain a palindrome chunk. A palindrome chunk is a set of letters found within a word which by themselves are a palindrome. For example, the word DIVIDE has the palindrome chunk DIVID which when read forward and backward is the same.

2) Every word will contain a palindrome chunk of five or six letters in length. The words will never be precise palindromes and thus will always have an extra letter or more on top of the palindrome chunk. This means that words will never be shorter than six letters.

3) Each palindrome chunk uses a different vowel (A, E, I, O, and U). There is no limit to the number of times a vowel is used in a particular word, only that there are no competing vowels. If the above example DIVIDE were in the paragraph, the 'I' would be used (not the 'E' which is not part of the palindrome chunk) and would indicate to the solver that the A, E, O, and U remained to be used in the answers.

Can you figure out the boy's life story?

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