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Faux words


Several days ago one of our readers emailed us, asking for some help with an apparently difficult word puzzle. The challenge basically uses a faux word to represent a well-known saying or phrase. For example,

wafibit = lie in wait

chang = shortchange

owher = middle of nowwhere

lefegnse = mixed feelings.

The following 2, however, have yet to be figured out.  Perhaps you can help? Here they are:

  1. Gigant
  2. P a n t e c h n i c o n

Can you solve these? If so, enter below in ‘comment section’. Will unmask submissions before week is over, thanks


18 Comments to “Faux words”

  1. rachel | Profile

    1. the beginning of something big?

  2. RK | Founder | Profile

    very good rachel, I like that idea…

  3. jmart574 | Profile

    “Pantechnicon has become the generic name for vehicles specially designed and constructed to transport furniture”

    **Moving through space**- kind of my guess, could have some other derivations with the space placement or even if they are meant to be the word space.

  4. RK | Founder | Profile

    could be jmart574; we’ll see if anyone can come up any other possibilities

  5. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    1) a one gigabyte antenna or maybe a big ant ???
    2) technician of Pans?? board technician???
    jajaja cool

  6. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    2) moving pictures?

  7. markodiablo | Profile

    1. The start of something big.
    2. Making space for furniture / Storage space ??

  8. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    1) I like “The start of something big”.
    2) Any chance of “Greek Pantheon” ??

  9. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    1- In the middle of a word, even g in Giant is lowercase??

  10. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    1) colossal mistake

    2) furniture store

    The Pantechnicon was the name of a building at which the furniture of the well-to-do was stored for future use. It is can also be used to describe the moving van that transports the furniture.

  11. Mashplum | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    1) I vote for “The start of something big.”

    2) I’m not British enough for this one. In the US this text would be said to have “loose tracking”.

  12. kitchen | Profile

    2) articulated lorry? space/room to move? space/room in the truck/van? (moving though space or space transport is good too.. even “space ship” at a stretch)

  13. bilbao | Profile

    English is not my language but I want to make a guess for #1:
    gigant –> giant kill in ‘g’ –> giant-killing
    Don`t know if it makes much sense but I think it goes along with the spirit in the 4 examples, where you just play with the letters to find an expression

  14. madamquiz | Profile

    Hi everyone
    Re: Pantechnicon and Gigant – faux words
    Thanks to everyone who left a suggestion. We also came up with ‘articulated lorry’ so will more than likely go with that. For gigant we also came up with ‘massive reduction’ as well as ‘the start of something big’ so it will have to be a toss-up between those two :o). Thanks very much once again.

  15. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    For “gigant” I keep thinking that the trick could involve gigantic minus the -ic, not giant plus a -g-.

    “panic stricken” would be perfect if “pan” = “gigantic”
    Pan is a term for “all and everything”, but it’s a stretch to equate it with “gigantic.”

    “the start of something big” makes perfect sense, however, and is the best guess so far

  16. bizarette18 | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Going with Shawn’s -ic idea – it could be Titan.

  17. bizarette18 | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    The other one could be Ikea.

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