My claim is that the word “footstool” is a palindrome (a word that reads the same backwards and forwards).  In what way am I right?

As ever, please do NOT post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took.  Solution on Monday.

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  1. Many times I don’t get it, then merely have to read comments like “got it!” and go back and immediately get it. Got it!

    1. If the result from Google is the answer then this is a very limited puzzler. 99% of the population will not be familiar enough with it to even think in those terms.

    2. Hm, i always not look in Google, otherwise i can let it be…
      But this one i googled and found only a piece of furniture and i gave up. But then i got it ! In under one Minute. Play with the Word, in any kind and then its easy.

  2. My claim is that the word “footstool” is a palindrome (a word that reads the same backwards and forwards).  In what way am I right?

    As ever, please do NOT post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took.  Solution on Monday.

    I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.

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  3. Very good Richard.
    your puzzles never fail to amuse me!
    i hope you can check out one of my ‘Maths Jams’ soon.
    i must say this puzzle did entice me; yet i would prefure another animal one, for i do love cats!
    Marcus.

  4. excellent fammo. dont get it tho’
    too much maffs involved for my lykin’ init.
    you guys do lyk your numbas just as much as i lyk ma chickennnn
    QED.

  5. I wish some would not give the game away. Mr. HJ
    Refer. As ever, please do NOT post your answers.
    Good puzzle though!

  6. Wasn’t going to get that ever without google.

    My first, wrong, guess was that lootstoof would mean footstool in Dutch. Turns out lootstoof is a properly formed Dutch word, but it means “shoot chamber”.

  7. My first thought was that it renders as a palindrome in another language. Then I looked more closely and thought that two letters could be slightly modified to form a kind of ambigram…

  8. Guessed the answer without any knowledge it was actually correct. Google says yes.

    Lolled at this however:

    ===
    Chris Says:
    January 20, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply

    I would never have got that without Google. I feel so stupid. On the plus side, I found a very nice footstool on eBay.
    ===

  9. looks like there’s 2 potential ways it could be right (one of them being quite sneaky) but yeah, nice n quirky that. 🙂

  10. Now that’s obscure. I Googled and got it, but wouldn’t have ever thought of that on my own. And for those of you whining about people posting hints—DUH! Don’t read the comments if you don’t want hints!

  11. It was pointless for me, I had to resort to google, and then grumble – not because I would never have got there, but because there were some hints that might have…. etc.

    But it was fun nevertheless, and I shall check back on Fridays from now!!

  12. I thought I got it in about a minute, until I googled to check my answer…but turns out my knowledge wouldn’t have allowed me to come ot the answer on my own anyway.

  13. I got what I thought was a reasonably good answer within about half a minute, but then I read the comments – and the clues given don’t seem to fit with my idea. So I might be wrong. Perhaps I should just ask Google anyway?

  14. it IS already an anagram.
    .OOTSTOO.
    we just have to discard the outlying data points. this is a standard approach to any empirical data study, such as astrology.

    or, for bette agreement with the hypothesis, keep the outlying data points, but assume one is corrupt.
    fOOTSTOOf
    lOOTSTOOl

  15. It’s a tough one but the comments give it away.
    I checked my guess by gargling it, sure enough all the letters sound the same forwards and backwards.

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