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Losswords: Our computerised dictionary is giving us trouble again this week, by deleting letters of each word from its definition and then closing up the gaps. It does, however, delete the letters in the right order. So, for example, "roof", defined as "cover on top of house", appears as "coventpohouse".

Can you work out the three words that appear with the following truncated definitions? Fortunately the number of letters of each lost word appears in brackets after what remains of the definition:

earthofrnsinricet (4)

taretinfotbl (4)

inssontestaingterind (9)

A Chambers Encyclopaedic Dictionary awaits the first correct answer opened on 7 September. Entries to: Saturday Pastimes, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

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