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Losswords: Our new computerised dictionary is having teething troubles. From each definition, it deletes, in the correct order, the letters of the word defined, then closes up the gaps between words. So the definition of "puzzle", originally "impudent quizzical poser" appears as "imdentquiicaposr".

So which three words have the following definitions? (The word lengths are given in brackets).

otorthyevent (4)

yrusofmodnage (5)

unbtedomindaddeached (11)

A Chambers Encyclopaedic Dictionary awaits the first correct answer opened on 18 August. Entries to: Saturday Pastimes, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

Last week's answers: CHESS= 54688, BRIDGE=109376, so DICE = 3956. Winner: Arthur Hall (Goring-by-Sea).