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Breaks & Ladders

16 August, 2013

What, no Storm results? Not yet. Not tomorrow either. I’m heading up to Trentham this weekend. The plan is pretty simple: drink cab-sav, listen to music and slam poets, toast the toes and later on, do my Sunday crossword gig. So relax already.

Instead, a grab-bag of odds & sods for puzzle bods. The first is a code-breaking challenge that blog brat Nib Oswald has told me about. Not sure whether our verbal chops will help, or if we need Alan Turing on the team, but here’s the link. You have another 12 days to register.

Speaking of brilliant minds, I found this website about word ladders. You know the kind: CAT > COT > COG > DOG. Guardian setter Brendan has reawoken my interest in the Lewis Carroll game, and this poindexter site about record-length ladders. Check out the marathon chain from CHARGE to COMEDO!

If you feel like a weekend challenge (with no solutions promised), see who can come up with the shortest and/or most elegant chains for these words:


Any other neat ladder extremes? Storm results early next week – OK?!

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