Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Lewis Carroll, whose nom de plume was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was not only a fine author (Alice in Wonderland, etc.) but also an eminent mathematician. As such, he liked puzzles and created the doublet, which he introduced in 1879 in Vanity Fair magazine.

The doublet challenges you to turn one word into another legitimate word (not a proper noun) by changing only one letter at a time. Carroll's original Vanity Fair puzzle turned HEAD into TAIL in four links (four words between HEAD and TAIL):

heal (Results from changing the "d" of "head" to "l")
teal (Results from changing the "h" of "heal" to "t")
tell (Results from changing the "a" of "teal" to "l")
tall (Results from changing the "e" of "tell" to "l")
TAIL (Results from changing the first "l" of "tall" to "i"

So, if you like word puzzles you might like to try changing APE into MAN in four or five links (It can be done in four; Carroll did it in five). And how about turning FLOUR into BREAD in five links?

I'll give the answers tomorrow.

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