This week’s puzzle is word based, and will appeal in particular to the Scrabble fans amongst our readership.
The challenge is to find the longest word that can be reduced, one letter at a time, all the way down to a one-letter word. Every time you remove a letter you can rearrange the remaining letters, if you wish to, but the letters must form a valid English word at every stage.
A simple example is:
OVER – lose the V to leave OER and rearrange to form
ORE – lose the E to leave OR and no rearrangement is needed
OR – lose the R to leave O and no rearrangement is needed
You can remove letters from anywhere in the word, not just from the beginning or the end.
We have a couple of long words (well, we think that they are long) which will be published as usual on Monday at 9.00. We will also publish any that we receive which are long, or particularly noteworthy – can you produce a sequence of words that has a rearrangement of letters at every stage?