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Consonants galore (Posted on 2015-08-04) Difficulty: 3 of 5
BIRTHSTONE, DUMBSTRUCK & NIGHTCLUB – In each of these words (and many others) there are 5 consonants in a row.

What is the shortest word with this feature?

What is the longest such word having only one vowel?

What is the longest such word with only one certain vowel, repeats allowed?

  Submitted by Ady TZIDON    
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The shortest non-esoteric word with 5 consonants in a row is angsts.
The longest such word that contains only one vowel used only once is strengths.
The longest such word that contains only one vowel that is used more than once is strengthlessnesses.
Archchronicler, catchphrase, eschscholtzia, latchstring, lengthsman, and postphthisic each have six consonants in a row.
BTW, Harrods London address is 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge.
Accepting y as a consonant - one might include rhythm, syzygy and others.
Allowing vowel-less words, tsktsk, Hmmmmm et al are welcome to the list and qualify as an answer to Q1.

The above is not an exhaustive list - multitude of samples are available and can be found on the web.

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  Subject Author Date
SolutionanswersDej Mar2015-08-05 13:06:39
Hints/Tipsre: suggestions +hintAdy TZIDON2015-08-05 00:33:38
suggestionsxdog2015-08-04 19:20:26
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