Word Ways


A. Ross Eckler


Take the word TEA and transfer the last letter to the start, obtaining ATE. Repeat this operation on ATE to get its present tense, EAT. A final transfer returns us to the original word, TEA, completing the cycle. It is not difficult to find other examples using rarer three-letter words; in the July 1975 Games & Puzzles, Darryl Francis exhibited five more based on the letters AIT, ASP, EON, ETH and ICH (all fifteen words can be found in Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary).