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THE CORE

(Chimera Oblique Riddle Exam)


By William F. Bultas


The CORE can be found here. You can print or otherwise use this page to assist you while taking the CORE.

1. Remove my last three letters & you have a group of ships. I am impermanent. __________

2. I am a type of family member. Remove one of my letters & you have something annoying. __________

3. Remove my first two letters & you have a subject taught in many schools. A metallic character in a children's story both lacked & sought me. __________

4. I mean the opposite of 'good,' but if you change my first letter, you have a religious leader. __________

5. My last half is a color, & my first half often contains fluid. __________

6. I am a crowning achievement for someone entering a position of high authority. My last six letters mean the same as 'country.' __________

7. My last half means 'impolite,' & I mean to 'stick out.' ___________

8. I am the title of a movie. Remove my first two letters & you have the plural form of a parasitic insect. __________

9. I am a wanton leader from long ago. Remove my first letter & read me backward & you will find something that is mined. __________

10. My first half read backward means 'dull,' & I am a period of each day. __________

11. I am a student of a certain scientific discipline. My last four letters are a cloud of water droplets. The four letters before that indicate something extremely small. __________

12. Remove my first two letters & you have the name of a certain body of water. I am a mythical creature found in folklore. __________

13. My last three letters are a vehicle. Remove my first two letters & change my next to last letter & you have a type of bird. __________

14. Remove my first three letters & read me backward & you have an animal. I am the text of a musical composition. ___________

15. My last four letters denote a conservative. I am an 'established record.' __________

16. I was a famous poet. Remove one of my letters & you have something often held by candlelight. __________

17. Remove my first three letters & you have a flower. I am an extremely unfortunate occurrence. __________

18. Remove my first & last letter & you have a synonym for 'mouth.' Remove my second letter & you have a type of mallet. __________

19. I am a musical instrument. Change my fourth letter, then read me backward, & you have a member of a race of people. __________

20. I am a type of pipe. My last five letters, when made plural, have been used to punish. __________

21. I am a musical instrument. I rhyme with a word meaning the same as 'shrivel.' __________

22. I am a mythical character. Remove my first three letters, then read me backward, & you have something that was discussed by a man whose name denotes a type of leader for singers. __________

23. I am the immature form of certain creatures. Remove my middle letter & you have something very hot. __________

24. My last four letters denote a crazy person. I can be used for decoration, or, in some cases, transportation. __________

25. Some singers can be described by my last four letters. I am a piece of glass or enamel. __________

26. Remove my first three letters & you have an island. My first half is a circular object. __________

27. I am often found in salads. You can perform my last four letters from a certain type of board. __________

28. My last half backward is sometimes found on floors. Change my fifth letter, then remove my first letter, & you have an emotion. __________

29. My last half means 'deceased,' & I am an action that shows affection. __________

30. My last four letters backward denote something made of metal. I am a word related to the wind. __________

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