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Authors

Leonard Gordon

Abstract

The idea of making chains by overlapping words is due to H. E. Dudeney, and is probably a follow-on of Lewis Carroll's word ladders. Dudeney used words of uniform length and constant overlap. Christopher McManus introduced Word Ways readers in November 1990 to Ana-Gram-mar (AGM) chains, ones in which the word length may vary, but there is always single overlap (each letter appears in exactly two words): house-man-slaughter-house, and gossy-pol-yester-morning-tide-water.

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