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REMOVING COMMON LETTERS FROM 2-WORD PHRASES.

The word which occurs most often as the result of removing the common letters in a 2-word phrase is IO, one of the moons of Jupiter:

 CLIP CLOP,  CRISS CROSS,  DING DONG,  FLIP FLOP,  HIP HOP,  PING PONG,
SHIRE HORSE,  SING SONG,  TICK TOCK,  TIP TOP,  TWIN TOWN,  WIND DOWN

The results, in A--Z order, of removing common letters in other 2-word phrases are: fn = first name sn = surname

 LAND LINE--A
DIE (sn), TEA TIME--AIM,  APPLE PIE -ALI,
D EAD END--AN, TALE TELLER--AR (a place),  TEA SET--AS
BREAK RANKS--B
ENS,  BOW WINDOW--BIND
CANNON BONE--C
ABE (Scot. sn),  CRAMP RING--CAMPING,
CLOSE SEASON--CLAN, COAT TAILS--COILS,  CON MAN--COMA
INDIAN INK--D
AK (a place),  DALAI LAMA--DIM,
GOOD GOING--DIN, DIET SHEET--DISH,  DOG LEG--DOLE,  RED ROSE--DOS,
PIED PIPER--DR
SIDE DISH--E
H,  SEA SAND--END,  PETIT POINT--EON,
OPEN PRISON--ERIS (a Greek god)
FREE RANGE--FANG, FIRE EATER--FIAT, FINE GAEL--FINGAL
GOLDEN OLDIE--G
NI (sn)
HAIR DRIERS--H
ADES,  THE EAST--HAS,  HEMP PALM--HEAL,
HELLO DOLLY--HEDY(fn),    HAS IDEAS--HIDE, HOME MADE--HOAD (sn),
HOUSE RULES--HORL (sn),   HORSE SENSE--HORN
BIG BANG--I
AN,  MAIDEN NAME--ID,  FAIL SAFE--ILSE (fn),
AIR ARM--I'M, RACING CAR--ING (dial. 'meadow'),  DEMI
MONDE--ION,
BIBLE BELT--IT
JED'S ODES--J
O
ASK SEAN--K
EN
LAST THING--L
ASHING,  LEAGUE GAME--LUM (a chimney)
MAIN LINE--M
ALE,  MOVING OVER--MINGER,  MEAT EATER--MR,
MINUS SIGN--MUG
NEAR BEER--N
AB,  NAIL FILE--NAFE (sn),  GREEN GRAPE--NAP,
LINO TILE--NOTE,
COAL CELLAR--O
ER, TOILET SET--OILS,  POT PLANT--OLAN
(a curry), LONG LEG--ONE,  DOE EYED--OY
POTATO ROT--P
AR, PEAR TREE--PAT,  PIED NOIR--PEDNOR
(a place), CAPE CART--PERT,  GRAPE SUGAR--PESU (sn),  POKER WORK--PEW,
PITH HAT--PIA (fn),  PUT OUT--PO,  PLAY ALONG--PYONG (fn)
QUIET TED--Q
UID
ROLL ALONG--R
ANG, TORE INTO--REIN, BROAD BASED--ROSE,
CAR COAT--ROT
SEA EEL--S
AL, STEP PARENT--SARN (a place), SEA CAT--SECT,
SPARE PART--SET, SIDE WIND--SEWN,      WASH AWAY--SHY,
SINK UNIT--SKUT (sn), SNAIL LIKE--SNAKE   RUSH HOUR--SO,     SHELL
HOLE--SO,  STEEL PLATE--SPA,
FIRST FRUIT--SU (a place),    TEST TUBE--SUB
PUT UPON--T
ON, TOE PIECE--TOPIC, AGENT ORANGE--TOR,
TOWN END--TOWED, CITRIC ACID--TRAD
GUN DOG--U
DO
ABOVE BOARD--V
ERD,  LEAVE ALONE--VON
LOW LOADER--W
ADER,   WEAK KNEED--WAND,   WELL HOLE--WHO,
WELL LINED--WIND
VI'S VIXENS--X
EN (fn)
FLY FLAP--Y
AP
AMAZED MA--Z
ED

Rarely, the 3 words together make a phrase, as in BOOT BOY--TY and BIRD BRAIN--DAN!

SUSAN THORPE

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England

thorpeds@hotmail.com

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Author:Thorpe, Susan
Publication:Word Ways
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 1, 2019
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