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EARTH, WATER, WIND AND FIRE (Posted on 2007-10-26) Difficulty: 3 of 5

This is another variation of the classic problem of changing one word into another. Instead of changing one word into another one letter at a time for each step, this variation alternates each step by anagramming one word into another.

For example: CAT to DOG can occur as such:
ACT (anagram)
ANT (letter change)
TAN (anagram)
TON (letter change)
NOT (anagram)
NOD (letter change)
DON (anagram)
DOG (letter change)

Either the letter change or the anagram may occur first, but must then alternate.

I offer four challenges. In the fewest steps,
1) transform EARTH to WATER,
2) convert WIND to FIRE,
3) cross from RIVER to SHORE, and
4) transmute LEAD to GOLD.

See The Solution Submitted by Dej Mar    
Rating: 3.3333 (3 votes)

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re: Well here's what I got, no program used Comment 7 of 7 |
(In reply to Well here's what I got, no program used by Noxxx)

The rules stated that the substitution steps and anagramming steps had to alternate.  You can't have two substitution steps in a row.
  Posted by Charlie on 2007-11-12 11:04:54

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