Sunday, January 27, 2008

HOWLS:

I have invented a new kind of word puzzle: The “HOWL”, or Homonymic Word Ladder. In an ordinary word ladder, you change one word into another in a series of steps. At each step, you change one letter, in place, to form a new word. In a HOWL, you are also allowed to replace a word by its homonym. Here's a simple example: Build a HOWL from Duet to Pucker:

Duet
Duct
Ducked
Sucked
Sucker
Pucker.

Here's a simple one for you: Build a HOWL from rind to shine.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not so simple (at least for me)!

Rind
Mind
Mine
Dine
Done
Dote
Rote
Wrote
Write
White
Whine
Shine

The Blogger said...

So far, so good. There's at least a five-word HOWL going from Rind to Shine.
- pb

Anonymous said...

My second comment didn't post, for some reason. I found a simpler one:

Rind
Wind
Wine
Whine
Shine

(Do you count this as length 5, because there are five entries, or length 4, because there are 4 changes?)

The Blogger said...

Well done!