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Arkansas, will you recognize the common word hiding behind its definitions?

Democrat-Gazette photo illustration/Celia Storey
Democrat-Gazette photo illustration/Celia Storey


The little game is indebted to reader David Kelley for his timely observation Nov. 13 that the answer "retire" fit all the clues but is not a noun as well as a verb. Retire is a verb.

Yours Truly messed up the description of the word's part of speech. I apologize.

Mistakes are embarrassing, but accepting opportunities to correct them improves my character. Dear Reader, when you see me run awry, please speak up.

Today's word has five letters. It is an adjective and, with the addition of punctuation, a proper name.

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The word means:

 ◼ Inspiring pity, scorn or ridicule.

 ◼ Feeling regret.

 ◼ A cards-guided board game lacking the numbers 6 and 9 that was first patented in 1929 in the United Kingdom by William Henry Storey of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.

I'll publish the answer Nov. 27, but feel free to email sooner if you want to know right away.

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