Word Downsizing*

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I need help solving this puzzle---- There is a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word - from nine letters right down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a time?
Hopefully you will be able to figure this out THANKS!!
~ Kristi ~

* This puzzle belongs to an interesting kind of word puzzles with letter insertion/deletion.

 

Mini-Contest 19 - Word Downsizing is FINISHED

 
It was our nineteenth mini-contest. Now we'd like to propose this contest's results and some details about the puzzle and its solution. With this Mini-Contest 19 is finished.

We thank you for your participation, and look forward to the next Mini-Contests. Happy Puzzling!
 
 

Contest Results

 
The winners are:
1. Mary Gambrel.
2. Jon Black.
3. Neil Myska.
4. Michele Ely.
5. Marcelino Rancaño.
6. Sandy.
7. Philippe Guglielmetti.
8. Anju Saseendran.
 
Last Updated: November 1, 2007  |  Posted: May 9, 2002
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