Arrange the letters of the alphabet in a specified order, and imbed these in a list of words, the object being to use as few letters as possible in the word-list. For example, if the letters are arranged in alphabetic order, and one is restricted to boldface entries in the Marriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary, with no single letter words or abbreviations allowed (such as DDT or TV), then the minimum-letter word-list appears to be:
Eckler, A. Ross
"Scrambled Alphabets in Word-Lists,"
Word Ways: Vol. 21
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol21/iss3/5