Q: Think of a pair of two-syllable words that are pronounced the same, except one is accented on the first syllable while the other is accented on the second. The word that’s accented on the first syllable is associated with confrontation, while the word that’s accented on the second syllable is associated with cooperation. What words are these?
This is a real chestnut of a puzzle.
Edit: In Britain, children each select a “conker” (horse chestnut) as their own, attach a string and then take turns swinging at their opponent’s conker until one child’s conker breaks and the surviving conker is declared the victor.
A: CONQUER, CONCUR