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 Word Builder 1 (Posted on 2003-10-17)
In a word builder you are given a word which you have to transform into a bigger word in a series of steps. With each step you can rearrange the letters and either add a new letter or swap a letter already in the word for a different one. Each step must form a common English word. The objective is to get to the bigger word from the smaller word in the least number of steps.

Try to change RED to SCARLET in the smallest number of steps.

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The following lists horizontally solutions to the puzzle, leaving out the words RED and SCARLET themselves. The number at the end of each line is the number of solutions altogether that that line represents, counting exchanging one or more words with anagrams. The anagrams for the various words that appear are listed at the bottom, with the word used in the solutions at the top shown in bold face. Some uncommon words have been excluded.

EAR CARE SCARE TRACES 252
EAR CARE SCARE CLEARS 36
EAR CARE TRACE TRACES 315
EAR CARE TRACE RECTAL 135
EAR CARE CLEAR RECTAL 27
EAR CARE CLEAR CLEARS 9
EAR EARS SCARE TRACES 336
EAR EARS SCARE CLEARS 48
EAR EARS STARE TRACES 336
EAR EARS LASER CLEARS 24
EAR REAL LATER RECTAL 54
EAR REAL CLEAR RECTAL 18
EAR REAL CLEAR CLEARS 6
EAR REAL LASER CLEARS 12
EAR TEAR LATER RECTAL 54
EAR TEAR STARE TRACES 168
EAR TEAR TRACE TRACES 210
EAR TEAR TRACE RECTAL 90
DEAR CARE SCARE TRACES 252
DEAR CARE SCARE CLEARS 36
DEAR CARE TRACE TRACES 315
DEAR CARE TRACE RECTAL 135
DEAR CARE CLEAR RECTAL 27
DEAR CARE CLEAR CLEARS 9
DEAR EARS SCARE TRACES 336
DEAR EARS SCARE CLEARS 48
DEAR EARS STARE TRACES 336
DEAR EARS LASER CLEARS 24
DEAR REAL LATER RECTAL 54
DEAR REAL CLEAR RECTAL 18
DEAR REAL CLEAR CLEARS 6
DEAR REAL LASER CLEARS 12
DEAR TEAR LATER RECTAL 54
DEAR TEAR STARE TRACES 168
DEAR TEAR TRACE TRACES 210
DEAR TEAR TRACE RECTAL 90
DEAR CARED SCARE TRACES 420
DEAR CARED SCARE CLEARS 60
DEAR CARED TRACE TRACES 525
DEAR CARED TRACE RECTAL 225
DEAR CARED CLEAR RECTAL 45
DEAR CARED CLEAR CLEARS 15
DEAR CARED SCARED TRACES 420
DEAR CARED SCARED CLEARS 60
DEAR CARED TRACED TRACES 315
DEAR CARED TRACED RECTAL 135
REDS EARS SCARE TRACES 112
REDS EARS SCARE CLEARS 16
REDS EARS STARE TRACES 112
REDS EARS LASER CLEARS 8
REDS REST STARE TRACES 28
REDS REST CREST TRACES 7

The numbers of ways, based on anagrams, totals 11,929.

The anagrams which can be substituted are (per line), alphabetically by bold-faced word (the words used in the above solutions) (non-anagrammed words appear by themselves):

ACRE CARE RACE
CLEAR
CLEARS
CREST
ARE EAR ERA
ARSE EARS ERAS SEAR
EARLS LASER
EARL REAL
CARTEL CLARET RECTAL
REDS
REST
ACRES CARES RACES SCARE
RATE TEAR
ASTER RATES STARE TEARS
CARET CATER CRATE REACT TRACE
CARTED CRATED TRACED
CARETS CASTER CATERS CRATES REACTS RECAST TRACES

 Posted by Charlie on 2003-10-17 11:47:18

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