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 Ten Words (Posted on 2004-05-26)
Ten nine-letter words have been separated into units of three letters. The units have been randomly put in the below list. Can you determine the original 10 words?

```  hol rec ant imp fer con
man dif ice pol acq htn
ort myt new air sag duc
dec lig kch ogy ing tan
uit ent gle tal tor ent```

 See The Solution Submitted by SilverKnight Rating: 3.7500 (4 votes)

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 re: Solution | Comment 5 of 9 |
(In reply to Solution by Iain)

I had first thought of RECANTING (the REC and the ANT are right next to one another), but had to recant that when I needed the ING for LIGHTNING.

After finding a suitable set I wanted to verify there were no other solutions, so:

DATA   hol rec ant imp fer con
DATA   man dif ice pol acq htn
DATA   ort myt new air sag duc
DATA   dec lig kch ogy ing tan
DATA   uit ent gle tal tor ent

DIM piece\$(30)
FOR i = 1 TO 5
s\$ = LTRIM\$(RTRIM\$(s\$))
FOR j = 1 TO 6
k = k + 1
piece\$(k) = LEFT\$(s\$, 3)
IF j < 6 THEN s\$ = MID\$(s\$, 5)
NEXT
NEXT

OPEN "\words\words9.txt" FOR BINARY AS #1
w\$ = SPACE\$(9)
DO
GET #1, , w\$
IF EOF(1) THEN EXIT DO
FOR i = 0 TO 2
found = 0
FOR j = 1 TO 30
IF MID\$(w\$, 3 * i + 1, 3) = piece\$(j) THEN found = 1: EXIT FOR
NEXT
IF found = 0 THEN EXIT FOR
NEXT
IF found THEN fCt = fCt + 1: PRINT fCt, w\$
LOOP

which finds, though, the only extra words all end in ING:

`1            acquittal2            anthology3            conducing4            conductor5            decanting6            different7            differing8            impairing9            impinging10           important11           importing12           lightning13           mythology14           newsagent15           policeman16           recanting17           rectangle`

so no other solution set is possible.

Of course impinging is impossible in itself as it uses two INGs.

 Posted by Charlie on 2004-05-26 14:33:15

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