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Word Builder 2 (Posted on 2012-03-23) Difficulty: 3 of 5
This is in continuation of Word Builder 1.

In a word builder you are given a word which you have to transform into a bigger word in a series of steps. With each step you can rearrange the letters and either add a new letter or swap a letter already in the word for a different one. Our objective is to get to the bigger word from the smaller word in the least number of steps.

Change BLUE to CERULEAN and, GOLD to DANDELION in a minimum number of steps.

Note: Each transition step must correspond to a valid English word. Proper nouns, acronyms, abbreviations, hyphens or spaces are not allowed.

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Solution Solutions Comment 1 of 1
BLUE to CERULEAN: 5 steps
0. BLUE
1. CLUE (LUCE) <-- C swapped for B
2. UNCLE <-- new letter N
3. UNLACE (CUNEAL, LACUNE, LAUNCE) <-- new letter A
4. NUCLEAR (LUCARNE, UNCLEAR) <-- new letter R
5. CERULEAN <-- new letter E


GOLD to DANDELION: 6 steps
0. GOLD
1. LODGE (OGLED) <-- new letter E
2. LONGED (GOLDEN) <-- new letter N
3. GLENOID <-- new letter I
4. GALENOID <-- new letter A
5. NONIDEAL <-- N swapped for G
6. DANDELION <-- new letter D

[CUNEAL: wedge-shaped: GALENOID: a trigonal trisoctahedron; GLENOID: socket-like; LACUNE: (rare) a lucuna, a gap; LAUNCE: small, silvery sand-burrowing, eellike schooling fish; LUCARNE:  a dormer window; LUCE: a pike]
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2012-03-23 11:48:41
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