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An aSCending SCale (Posted on 2014-11-14) Difficulty: 3 of 5
In the 8-letter word list below you see, how the couple SC propagates from the beginning of a 9--letter word to its end.

SCeptical
aSCending
faSCinate
conSCious
teleSCope
obeliSCal
reminiSCe
videodiSC

Provide similar lists, if possible, for valid n-letter words n between 3 and 13 letters. Rem1: All goes, e.g. ASCI, Nietzsche, Descartes etc as long as appearing in a reputable dictionary.
Rem2: Explaining esoteric entries is welcome.

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Some Thoughts some examples from the computer | Comment 1 of 7
sq$ = "sk"
OPEN "\words\words.txt" FOR INPUT AS #1
OPEN "ascending " + sq$ + ".txt" FOR OUTPUT AS #2
DO
    LINE INPUT #1, l$
    ix = INSTR(l$, sq$)
    IF ix > 0 THEN
        PRINT #2, USING "## ## &"; LEN(l$); ix; l$
    END IF
LOOP UNTIL EOF(1)
CLOSE

produces a file that can be sorted, from which I picked the best, that follows:

Might as well start with the same word, different letters. I could have ended the same way, but decided to use multitask instead of videodisk:

 9  1 skeptical
 9  2 askewness
 9  3 musketeer
 9  4 friskiest 
 9  5 miniskirt 
 9  6 sheepskin 
 9  7 buttinski 
 9  8 multitask
 
For 10-letter words, SK is missing one for positions 2 and 3, so going to 11-letter words:

11  1 skeptically
11  2 askewnesses
11  3 Baskerville (there are also non-proper-nouns: muskellunge, basketballs, etc.)
11  4 exoskeleton
11  5 miniskirted
11  6 waterskiing
11  7 cornhusking
11  8 breadbasket
11  9 Tchaikovsky
11 10 Novosibirsk

Of course TH is a prime candidate for this sort of thing, as opposed to say BR, which is good at the beginning of a word but poor at the end, or NT, which is good at the end but bad at the beginning of a word.

15  1 thermostability
15  2 atherosclerosis
15  3 anthropocentric
15  4 ophthalmologist
15  5 reauthorization
15  6 parenthetically
15  7 algorithmically
15  8 photolithograph
15  9 photosynthesize
15 10 parasympathetic
15 11 semilogarithmic
15 12 encephalopathic
15 13 lymphadenopathy
15 14 multiwavelength

but going back to the 13-letter limit:

13  1 theoretically
13  2 ethnocentrism
13 3 anthropogenic
13 4 northwesterly
13 5 anesthetizing
13 6 afterthoughts
13 7 airworthiness
13 8 grandfathered
13 9 blacksmithing
13 10 ultramarathon
13 11 antilogarithm
13 12 quadrillionth
SH:

10  1 shortbread
10  2 Ashkenazim (or usherettes to avoid proper names)
10  3 dishearten
10  4 flashiness
10  5 crosshatch
10  6 garnishing
10  7 friendship
10  8 jinricksha
10  9 cartoonish


  Posted by Charlie on 2014-11-14 14:21:21
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