Darryl Francis


In the November 2001 Word Ways I examined the transposability of the name of the capitals of the 50 US states. In the February and May 2002 issues, I extended the study to the longest transdeletion and the shortest transaddition of each capital name. For instance, for MONTGOMERY, the longest transdeletion was MOTORMEN, a deletion of two letters, and the shortest transaddition was MYRINGOTOME, an addition of one letter. To extend this research, I now combine the names of the capitals and the corresponding states, seeking the longest transdeletion. For example, the longest transdeletion for AUSTIN TEXAS appears to be SANITATES, requiring the deletion of two letters.