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Doublets Word Game

Doublets was the name given by Lewis Carroll to a word puzzle of his own invention. It made its first appearance in 1879, in the pages of a magazine called Vanity Fair, and it has been a popular form of Word Puzzle ever since. I will let Lewis Carroll describe the puzzle in his own words:

"The rules of the Puzzle are simple enough. Two words are proposed, of the same length; and the Puzzle consists in linking these together by interposing other words, each of which shall differ from the next word in one letter only. That is to say, one letter may be changed in one of the given words, then one letter in the word so obtained, and so on, till we arrive at the other given word. The letters must not be interchanged among themselves, but each must keep to its own place. As an example, the word 'head' may be changed into 'tail' by interposing the words 'heal, teal, tell, tall'. I call the given words 'a Doublet', the interposed words 'Links', and the entire series 'a Chain', of which I here append an example:

See if you could do any of the following:
*************3 links*************
Put MILK into PAIL
Change MICE into RATS

*************4 links*************
Put INK into PEN
Turn OIL into GAS
Evolve FISH into BIRD
Make FIRE produce HEAT

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ink, inn, pin, pen

oil, ail, gal, gas
I'm not sure whether I'm getting this right - can youswitch the letters around in the word?

fish fist stir rids bids bird

this is not easy !
nope...no switching...just replace letters =-)




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