From any nth word in the series the next i.e. the (n+1)th word of 4 or 5 letters will be created by reversing the nth word, erasing few letters to leave only 2 letters out of the original word, then inserting new letters (not the erased) to build a new valid 4 or 5 letters word.
Keeping score of the erased letters is essential - one is allowed to erase any out of the 26 letters in the ABC at most three times.
Add 1 point for each added letter.
WORD-DReam-MAsk-SAlt- TAxi - neXT -enVY - YEars - quAY--... etc
Tracing the spent(erased) letters:
bcfghjpqu yz…………3 letters left of each, 2 or 1 of others ("e" & "s")
Abcdfghijklmnopqtuvwxyz ….."e" & "s" missing - only 1 left of each
3+2+2+2+2…..= 18 POINTS. Stopped for no reason.
End of Example
The string begins with a word "WORD" and terminates due to the lack of a valid word to be created with the still available letters.
No proper names.
When in doubt - don't.
Submit your sequences.
The highest scorer "wins".
If you use it as a friendly parlor game, set a time limit.