Will Shortz (the renowned American puzzle creator) maintains that Cabbagehead
is the word of lowest possible gematria
(i.e. a=1, b=2,...…and z=26) in the set of 11 – letter words.
a. What about Cabbagehead 's neighbors i.e. words of 10 letter and 12 letters?
Please provide your candidates for the lowest gematria.
b.Maybe you can find a lower (than Cabbagehead
) gematria within the list of 11 –letter words?
The undersigned has no idea what the solutions are.
(In reply to computer findings
The word list I have did not have cabbagehead(s), either, though the word can be found in the Unabridged Random House and Unabridged Merriam-Webster's Dictionaries. Below, I listed the one-, two- and three-letter words with the lowest gematria found for their word lengths, and those words that had a lower gematria for the word lengths in Charlie's list (but for abaca, for which I only included Caaba).
1 1: a
2 2: aa [a dry form of lava]
3 4: aba [fabric/garment of goat/camel hair]
& baa [cry made by sheep]
5 8: abaca [Philippine banana tree; abaca hemp]
& Caaba [cubic stone building of Mecca]
6 11:Ababda [Nilotic Beja nomad(s)]
7 20:cachaca [a white Brazilian rum]
9 30:beccaccia [Italian loan word - a woodcock]
12 58:cabbageheads [stupid people]
15 110:bacchanalianism [drunken revelry]
The gematria is, of course, listed for words found in English language dictionaries. There are words in other languages that have a lower gematria for some given word lengths, for example:
3 3:aaa [Romanian interjection; Lugandan "no"]
6 10:babaca [Romanian "old woman, mom"]
7 10:abababa [Tok Pisin "bubble gum"]
Posted by Dej Mar
on 2015-05-08 13:03:42