Word Ways


Alan Frank


At the 1981 convention of the National Puzzlers' League, Harry W. Hazard presented a word contest called "Shrdlu". As a part of this contest, a list of words was given to the participants, each word having exactly five consonants. The objective was to find, for each problem word, another word with the same consonants in a different order; for example, one might replace shrdlu (if it were a word) with shoulder. Inflected forms, for example holders, were not acceptable. A variation on this contest is reproduced in this article.