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There is a lot of literature on the subject of short English pangrams, that is, sentences that contain every letter.

But I am curious what the shortest, or at least some of the shortest, sentences are that are not so strictly defined. I would like a sentence that contains at least 25 unique letters, but not necessarily all 26.

For example, the sentence "Quick jigs vex Nymph of Bad Waltz" contains 25 unique letters and has a total length of 27 (that is, 2 characters [in this case 'a' and 'i'] are repeated). Are there valid English sentences that fit this criteria with 26 or even only 25 letters?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hey, welcome to Puzzling SE! This seems like an interesting question, but I'm not sure whether it really qualifies as a puzzle. I'm sure some of the older members on this SE will be willing to give a second opinion regarding this, though. $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Sep 30 '20 at 23:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Voldemort'sWrath I originally posted this on another SE, but they told me that it would be better–suited here in Puzzling SE. $\endgroup$ – slondr Oct 1 '20 at 0:16
  • $\begingroup$ To increase the creative puzzling potential, @slondr , you could add a no-computers tag $\endgroup$ – humn Oct 1 '20 at 0:21
  • $\begingroup$ @humn Great suggestion! $\endgroup$ – slondr Oct 1 '20 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ What counts as an English sentence, exactly? Without precisely specifying that, this question is unfortunately opinion-based, and likely to be closed. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Oct 1 '20 at 1:10