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Authors

Leonard Gordon

Abstract

On February 27, 1994, I heard Will Shortz on National Public Radio announce the winner of a contest to form the longest possible (5,4) word chain using words from Webster's 10th Collegiate. A Tulane professor came up with the eight-step SCAP-CRAPE-RAPES-APEST-PESTO-ESTOP-STOPE-TOPER-OPERA (which can be represented in compressed form as SCRAPESTOPERA).

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