This tedious challenge popped into my head the other day. How long a chain of words can you make by adding one letter at a time to a starting word? For example:
A > AN > PAN > PANS > PANTS > PLANTS > PLANETS A > AN > CAN > CLAN > CLEAN > CLEANS > CLEANSE > CLEANSER > CLEANSERS
You’re not obliged to start from a single letter, but it provides some easy steps.
- disallow pluralization
- allow changing one letter, word-ladder style, but not twice in succession
- allow removing a letter instead of adding one, without repeating words
Post your best chains in the comments – or don’t, because this genuinely isn’t a very interesting game.