Word Ways


Rex Gooch


In the November Colloquy, Sir Jeremy Morse postulated that TAPERINGLY is the longest heterogram having no alphabetically-adjacent letters. By this he meant no two letters in the word are adjacent in the alphabet--for example, if the word has an O in it, it cannot have an N or P. However, I at first interpreted it to mean no bigrams of the form AB,BC, ... YZ, as much weaker restriction. So here are two puzzles for the price of one!