a weblog of wordplay by Eric Harshbarger
Scrabble TilesThis is a challenge I had posed a couple of years ago in a different section of my website (I also featured it at my 2nd Puzzle Party):
Using all 100 tiles of a Scrabble set (and designating the blanks as particular letters), create a list of words so that the list is as short as possible.
The best answer I have come up with (using M-W's 3rd New International):
FIBS JOKERS WOWING UNEXpOSED VIVIPERFUSION ZOOGEOGRAPHICaLLY QUADRATOMANDIBULAR ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETATE
I don't know if a shorter list is possible. If other lists of eight words are found, it would be nice to try to make the difference in lengths between the shortest and longest words minimal.
[20 December 2005]
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