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Chain Gang- a contest and a game (Posted on 2010-05-30) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Write a four or five letters long valid English word.
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 yz3 letters left of each, 2 or 1 of others ("e" & "s")
Abcdfghijklmnopqtuvwxyz .."e" & "s" missing - only 1 left of each
Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz..all unused
3+2+2+2+2..= 18 POINTS. Stopped for no reason.
End of Example

More rules:
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.
Plurals allowed.
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.
Good luck.

See The Solution Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
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re(2): A possible solution... kudos... [SPOILER] Comment 4 of 4 |
(In reply to re: A possible solution... kudos- not a spoiler by Ady TZIDON)

RELY - xERox - tREk - evER - pRExy - zERo - fREsh - vERb -
REalm - EdgeR - quiRE - fERn - cRazE - wARm - RAbbi - quARt -
fRAnk - hARd - cRAm - wARt - RAng - pARry -RajA - pAveR -
dRAw - cigAR - RAzor - quARk - RAsh - HAjj - lAsH - rALly

* to eliminate the extra "s" (and the word "LAws"), with keeping any erased letters not re-added to the next sequential word :
Raze => cRaze; pARt => wARt; cARve => pAveR

It did not take me long to create the chain, maybe an hour. The longest part was just insuring (which I failed at, apparantly) that each letter was only used thrice. For a parlor game, it would depend on how much time the participants would like to play and how many times they wish to play the game. 5-minutes for a short game or short leg of several legs, 15-minutes to a half-hour for a medium length game, or maybe an hour for a long game.  Pre-set words might be given to start a game or leg.

Edited on May 31, 2010, 12:51 pm
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2010-05-31 12:31:53

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