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 EARTH, WATER, WIND AND FIRE (Posted on 2007-10-26)

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:
CAT
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

 Submitted by Dej Mar Rating: 3.3333 (3 votes) Solution: (Hide) Many of these solutions were found and provided by Charlie CAT [6 steps] GAT (letter change) TAG (anagram) TOG (letter change) GOT (anagram) GOD (letter change) DOG (anagram) - - - - - - - - - - EARTH [2 steps] HATER (anagram) WATER (letter change) - - - - - - - - - - WIND [7 steps] KIND (letter change) DINK (anagram) DINE (letter change) NIDE (anagram) RIDE (letter change) DIRE (anagram) FIRE (letter change) WIND [7 steps] TIND (letter change) DINT (anagram) DINE (letter change) NIDE (anagram) RIDE (letter change) DIRE (anagram) FIRE (letter change) - - - - - - - - - - RIVER [7 steps] RIVES (letter change) VIERS (anagram) TIERS (letter change) RITES (anagram) ROTES (letter change) STORE (anagram) SHORE (letter change) RIVER [7 steps] RIVES (letter change) VIERS (anagram) PIERS (letter change) PRISE (anagram) PROSE (letter change) SPORE (anagram) SHORE (letter change) RIVER [7 steps] RIFER (letter change) FRIER (anagram) FRIES (letter change) FIRES (anagram) HIRES (letter change) SHIRE (anagram) SHORE (letter change) - - - - - - - - - - LEAD [5 steps] LOAD (letter change) DALO (anagram) DAGO (letter change) GOAD (anagram) GOLD (letter change) = = = = = = = = = = dalo - an ornamental herb of the Pacific islands with an edible root dago - an offensive term for a person of Italian descent dink - a soft return of a tennis ball so it falls abrupty crossing the net gat - a gangster's pistol nide - a nestful; a brood (a nide of pheasants) prise - regard highly; make an uninvited inquiry; to move or force rives - tears violently tind - to kindle tog - to provide with clothes or put clothes on viers - plural of vier, one who competes

 Subject Author Date re: Well here's what I got, no program used Charlie 2007-11-12 11:04:54 Well here's what I got, no program used Noxxx 2007-11-12 10:47:53 None of the programs got this one? Noxxx 2007-11-12 10:34:16 re: Solution (software program used) Penny 2007-10-26 19:58:16 Solution (software program used) Penny 2007-10-26 19:20:24 re: computer solution (spoilers) -- all the results Charlie 2007-10-26 14:18:47 computer solution (spoilers) Charlie 2007-10-26 14:13:38

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