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Pairagrams (Posted on 2013-12-31) Difficulty: 3 of 5
There are some single-word anagrams that placed together create a short meaningful phrase:

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Main task:
a) Please try submit some samples of similarly structured couplets either created by you (prefered) or found by you (still acceptable.)
To avoid ambiguity as to the interpretation of "meaningful" please apply the following rule: "When in doubt, - don't!"
"Three-there" and "ton-not" clearly do not qualify.

Bonus tasks:
b) What is the longest word in English that can be anagrammed into another valid word?
c) What is the set of letters providing the highest number of anagrams?

Not accepted:
Obscure scientific terms.
Little mixing of letters (like "conversation, conservation").
Esoteric/archaic words, not found on the web.

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Some Thoughts computer exploration of bonus tasks Comment 1 of 1

DIM wd(35) AS STRING
OPEN "\words\anagdict.txt" FOR INPUT AS #1
DO
   LINE INPUT #1, l$
   ix = INSTR(l$, " ")
   an$ = LEFT$(l$, ix - 1)
   IF an$ <> pr$ THEN
      IF ct > 1 THEN
        IF LEN(pr$) >= 16 THEN ' OR ct >= maxc THEN
          IF LEN(pr$) >= maxl THEN maxl = LEN(pr$)
          IF ct > maxc THEN maxc = ct
          FOR i = 1 TO ct
            PRINT wd(i)
          NEXT
          PRINT
        END IF
      END IF
      pr$ = an$
      ct = 1
   ELSE
      ct = ct + 1
   END IF
   wd(ct) = MID$(l$, ix + 1)
LOOP UNTIL EOF(1)
CLOSE
      IF ct > 1 THEN
        IF LEN(pr$) >= maxl OR ct >= maxc THEN
          IF LEN(pr$) >= maxl THEN maxl = LEN(pr$)
          IF ct > maxc THEN maxc = ct
          FOR i = 1 TO ct
            PRINT wd(i)
          NEXT
          PRINT
        END IF
      END IF

finds these anagrams whose words are 16 letters long or longer:

autoradiographic
radioautographic

autoradiographies
radioautographies

chromatographers
rechromatographs

pathophysiological
physiopathological

microphotographic
photomicrographic

microphotographies
photomicrographies

pathophysiologic
physiopathologic

microphotographs
photomicrographs

microphotography
photomicrography

phototelegraphies
telephotographies

pathophysiologies
physiopathologies

impressibilities
permissibilities

dessertspoonfuls
dessertspoonsful

impressivenesses
permissivenesses

The last pair probably fits best the categories of word that are allowed.

Going down to 15-letter words:

autoradiographs
radioautographs

autoradiography
radioautography

chromatographer
rechromatograph

algorithmically
logarithmically

electromagnetic
magnetoelectric

microphotograph
photomicrograph

attentivenesses
tentativenesses

statelessnesses
tastelessnesses

phototelegraphy
telephotography

pathophysiology
physiopathology

Greatest number of anagrams:

Sets with 8 through 12 members are shown:

capers crapes escarp pacers parsec recaps scrape secpar spacer  9

carets cartes caster caters crates reacts recast traces  8

earings erasing gainers reagins regains reginas searing seringa  8

anestri antsier nastier ratines retains retinas retsina stainer stearin  9

lapse leaps pales peals pleas salep sepal spale  8

palest palets pastel petals plates pleats septal staple tepals  9

arles earls lares laser lears rales reals seral  8

alerts alters artels estral laster ratels salter slater staler stelar talers  11

least setal slate stale steal stela taels tales teals tesla  10

apers apres asper pares parse pears prase presa rapes reaps spare spear  12

aspers parses passer prases repass spares sparse spears  8

ates east eats etas sate seat seta teas  8

enters nester renest rentes resent tenser ternes treens  8

estrin inerts insert inters niters nitres sinter triens trines  9

peris piers pries prise ripes speir spier spire  8

Depending on which words are removed due to being esoteric, what's left probably has one group that's the answer to part c.


  Posted by Charlie on 2013-12-31 11:53:19
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