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Identify the Complex Missing Word in a Scrambled Set

In this worksheet, students will work out the missing word in a sequence of scrambled words. It will develop their problem solving and sequencing skills.

'Identify the Complex Missing Word in a Scrambled Set' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Scrambles

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When people get tired they sometimes say their brains are scrambled!

 

Well, there is no room for that here, as we need your best brainpower to unscramble the following puzzle.

 

Challenge accepted, word detective?

 

Here are some pairs of words.

They each follow a special pattern and we need to find out what each pattern is!

 

You need to think about what the pattern is between the first two pairs, and then complete the third pair in the same way.


Let’s look at an example:

What could be the special pattern below?

 

(appear, pears)     (return, turns)       (beside, ____ )            

           

    a pear

 

Did you notice that the second word has had the first two letters removed and an s added at the end?

This is our special pattern and we need to do the same to the word beside to find the missing word.

 

If we remove the be, we are left with side and then we need to add an s to get sides.

This makes our missing word SIDES.

 

So the complete set of words would be:

(appear, pears)     (return, turns)      (beside, sides)


Let’s try another:

 

Look at these word pairs. Can you work out the special pattern to figure out which word comes next?

 

(scares, care)     (brains, rain)           (cabled, ____ )

 

Did you notice that the first and last letters are being removed each time?

We need to do the same for cabled and this gives us the answer ABLE.

 

So the complete set of words would be:

 

(scares, care)     (brains, rain)       (cabled, able)        

         

    a little girl in the rain

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Remember to check if any letters have been added or removed from the word.
 

In this activity, you will need to be a word detective and work out the missing word in a pair. Let’s get started!

Are you ready for some more word scrambling?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Halted, Seated], [Scorch, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Time, Tone] [Bite, ____ ]

 

alarm clock

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Clap, Flat], [Corn, ____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Groans, Croaks], [Slices, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair of words, find the missing word. 

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Ribbon, Reason], [Tasted, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Claws, Glass], [Traps, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are (even more!) groups of words:

 

[Coats, Boars], [Teams, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

Guess what? Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Lobster, Leather], [Whimper, _______ ]

 

lobster

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

Here are groups of words:

 

[Sheep, Shoes], [Flask, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

And finally ...here are some groups of words:

 

[Young, Fluke], [Snaps, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

  • Question 1

Are you ready for some more word scrambling?

Here are groups of words:

 

[Halted, Seated], [Scorch, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Search
EDDIE SAYS
Search for the right answer and you will find it. The second word in each group has had the second and third letters changed to 'e' and 'a'.
  • Question 2

Here are groups of words:

 

[Time, Tone] [Bite, ____ ]

 

alarm clock

   

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Bone
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The second word in each group has had its second and third letters changed to 'o' and 'n'.
  • Question 3

Here are groups of words:

 

[Clap, Flat], [Corn, ____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words. 

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Fort
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! The second word in each group has had the first and last letters changed to 'f' and 't'.
  • Question 4

Here are groups of words:

 

[Groans, Croaks], [Slices, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair of words, find the missing word. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Clicks
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one! The second word in each group has had the first and fifth letters changed to 'c' and 'k'. Did it catch you out, word detective?
  • Question 5

Here are pairs of words:

 

[Ribbon, Reason], [Tasted, ______ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Teased
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the second, third and fourth letters changed to 'e', 'a' and 's'. Super, you're now halfway through this activity!
  • Question 6

Here are groups of words:

 

[Claws, Glass], [Traps, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Grass
EDDIE SAYS
Did this one catch you out? The second word in each group has had the first and fourth letters changed to 'g' and 's'.
  • Question 7

Here are (even more!) groups of words:

 

[Coats, Boars], [Teams, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first two pairs, find the missing word.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Bears
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first and fourth letters changed to 'b' and 'r'. Let's take a look at the next one.
  • Question 8

Guess what? Here are some more groups of words:

 

[Lobster, Leather], [Whimper, _______ ]

 

lobster

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Weather
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this question? The second word in each group has had the second, third, fourth and fifth letters changed to 'e', 'a', 't' and 'h'. Phew - that's a lot of changed letters!
  • Question 9

Here are groups of words:

 

[Sheep, Shoes], [Flask, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups of words.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Floss
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the third and fifth letters changed to 'o' and 's'. Only one more question left!
  • Question 10

And finally ...here are some groups of words:

 

[Young, Fluke], [Snaps, _____ ]

 

The second word is missing in one of the groups.

 

Following the same pattern as the first pair, find the missing word.

CORRECT ANSWER
Flake
EDDIE SAYS
The second word in each group has had the first two letters and the last two letters changed to 'f', 'l', 'k' and 'e'. This activity is now complete, sweet! Great chocolate, I mean work, word detective!
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