Seven Perfect Words

Nov 02, 2009

RAY: This was from my perfect words series. It was sent in by Rick Thorne.

Here's a list of words. What do they have in common? And for extra credit, suggest another word or two or more that might be added to the list.


Here's a hint: The order of the words does not matter.


RAY: Here's the answer. What each of these words has in common is that each has the number of letters that actually denotes its place on a list. For example, carbon has six letters and it is the sixth element in the periodic chart. Mars is the fourth planet in the solar system and has what?

TOM: Four letters. Oh, this is good!

RAY: Seventh is seven, seven letters. September, the ninth month, has what? Nine letters. Saturn, is six letters and is the sixth planet. And fifth is fifth. And I'll add one more. Boron is the fifth element in the periodic chart, and from that point on you're on your own. Pretty cute, eh?

TOM: Phew. Whoa. Ho ho ho ho ho.

RAY: Who's our winner?

TOM: Our winner this week is Amy Gould from Hamilton, New York, and for having her answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Amy's going to get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at, with which she can get a set of Car Talk reusable shopping bags.

RAY: Congratulations, Amy!

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