Solution for 12.16.07
NPR Sunday Puzzle Challenge for December 16, 2007:
Think of a common six-letter word with the following unusual properties: The third and fourth letters are consonants, which are silent, and the fifth letter is a “T” which is pronounced twice.
What word is this?
I haven’t got a clue. At first, I thought eighty, but is the t really pronounced twice? Then, I thought eights because it kind of sounds right, sort of. But then again, so does yachts, sights, tights, wights, mights, mighty, nighty…
I would really rather someone tell me the correct answer on this one.
EDIT: From the Will on Weekend Edition: “The answer is eighth. The ‘g’ and ‘h’ are silent. The fifth letter ‘T’ is pronounced first as a ‘T’ and then as part of ‘th.’ It’s a very weird word.”
So close, yet so far.