Re: Ladder Contest
- From: the Real Sandman <HeySandman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 08:18:17 -0700 (PDT)
On Mar 27, 9:58 am, Bart Goddard <goddar...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
OK, I have some cigars that I really don't want. Rather
than throw them away, I'll try to buy y'all's love and
affection with them. These are Don Tomas SE Presidente's.
They're huge. They take up a phenominal amount of humidor
volume. And while I liked smaller Don Tomas, these guys
are just plain boring. I was hoping they would be a
good "Sunday Paper" smoke (which has to last through the
the crossword, sudoku and jumble, in addition to the
comics and the "news".) They're just too mild for me.
They start out flavorless and build to a mild flavor,
but that flavor doesn't hold my interest. Worse, I got
some sort of twofer, so I bought 50 of the damn things.
I've either got to build a raft with them or give them
So: THE PRIZE for this contest is however many of these
sticks (7.5 or 8 x about 55 or 60?) I can cram into
whatever box I have. (At least 5 sticks, maybe 10.)
PLUS: One bonus decent stick (maybe a RP or Gurkha
or Graycliff) just to make the postage worth it.
A "word ladder" is a puzzle where the
solver tries to change one word into another by changing
one letter at a time. Each new word formed must be a
plain, English non-proper, non-abbreviated word. (I get to
judge.) Words like "zerk" and "cere" are allowed.
But "hemo-" (a prefix), "Theodore" (a proper name),
"est'd" (an abbreviation) and "Gemuetlichkeit" (not
English) are not.
E.g. If the challenge were to change MIKE into WADE,
one might submit: MIKE MAKE MADE WADE. And we'd count
this as having solved the puzzle in _three_ steps.
(That's the "ladder" part.) Part of the challenge is to
complete the puzzle in the fewest steps.
THE CHALLENGE: Change HERF to BART in the fewest steps.
Second, (as a tie-breaker) Change HERFING to SMOKING in
the fewest steps.
Please send entries to the above e-mail address. Contest
closes on the Ides of April. (Which is, I think, the 13th.)
New rules added and old rules massaged as needed to account
for whatever loopholes Misc. discovers.
Really, in this case y'all gotta follow directions. If you
post your entry here, others will steal your ideas, and perhaps
improve on them.
So all you ladder day saints, get to solving and help me
free up some humi space.
B.(Extra bonus: Change "GLADYZ" into "AHUMAN", and get
an extra, non-boring stick.)
Cheerfully resisting change since 1959.
I know I promised to back off for a while but I just couldn't let this
pass. Wade must have had a brutal psychological effect on you people.
When anyone comes in here with an opinion contrary to the regular
pansies they must be Wade....ROTFLMFAO
- Ladder Contest
- From: Bart Goddard
- Ladder Contest