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Puzzle: Longest word by adding letters to existing words

Chacham (981) writes | more than 11 years ago

User Journal 8

Quick question I've been toying with. Starting with one letter, make a word. Then add a letter to make another word, and continue until there are no more words to make. What is the longest word you can make through this method?

For example. Start with "A".

a
ad
mad
made

Alternatively, start with a word.

UPDATE: When starting with a word, it is to find the longest chain of words. Not the longest word. :-)

Quick question I've been toying with. Starting with one letter, make a word. Then add a letter to make another word, and continue until there are no more words to make. What is the longest word you can make through this method?

For example. Start with "A".

a
ad
mad
made

Alternatively, start with a word.

UPDATE: When starting with a word, it is to find the longest chain of words. Not the longest word. :-)

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start with a word? (1)

heliocentric (74613) | more than 11 years ago | (#5930950)

Alternatively, start with a word.

You asked for it:

Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypot ri mmatosilphiopar aomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperiste ralektryonopteke phalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygo n

Which then becomes:

Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypot ri mmatosilphiopar aomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperiste ralektryonopteke phalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygo ns

Re:start with a word? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932339)

Um, when starting with a word, looking for the longest chain of words.... :-)

Re:start with a word? (1)

heliocentric (74613) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932374)

ohhhh chain... I was just shooting for longest word... my deepest appologies.

here's a couple minutes of playing the game (1)

subgeek (263292) | more than 11 years ago | (#5939303)

i
in
sin
sine
shine
shiner
shriner
shriners

if i get a notion i'll try another one.

Re:here's a couple minutes of playing the game (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 11 years ago | (#5940372)

Isn't Shriner a proper noun?

Also, I am looking for letters on the begining and the end, not the middle. Although, that may be another game. :-)

a
at
bat
bath
bathe
bather
bathers

i
in
win
wine
swine
swines

Re:here's a couple minutes of playing the game (1)

subgeek (263292) | more than 11 years ago | (#5940855)

shriner is a proper noun. you weren't specific enough with the rules.

"swines" is not a word. the plural of swine is swine.

but it's an interesting passtime.

Re:here's a couple minutes of playing the game (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 11 years ago | (#5941298)

"swines" is not a word.

Oops? :-)

Re:here's a couple minutes of playing the game (1)

subgeek (263292) | more than 11 years ago | (#5941352)

i can only make funs of you're post beczua i never make grammmar or speling errors. ;)

(all lies)
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