I found this list of words by a Scot Morris from an old Omni magazine and I can't find the solution. What is the logic of these words (one for each letter of the alphabet) and (the order is important):

A) schwa

B) splat

C) three

D) grist

E) chore

F) flour

G) sceau

H) filch

I) rinse

J) games

K) canoe

L) reach

M) moire

N) beaux

O) queue

P) angst

Q) intro

R) aster

S) achoo

T) exist

U) awake

V) about

W) adieu

X) eight

Y) outdo

Z) oiled

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Peter are they looking for a word at the end? $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 9:00
  • $\begingroup$ Are the order of these words imortant or are We supposed to just work out a common theme throughout? $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 9:04
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, the order is important, and that is the complete list. What they are looking for is to explain the sequence 1/A=schwa, 2/B=splat, 3/C=three (that's a bit of a red herring I think) etc. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 9:26
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    $\begingroup$ You really should edit that in... $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 9:54
  • $\begingroup$ Gaargh this ones a toughie!!! $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 14:02

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One interesting thing is that

If you replace the consonants by 0 and the vowels by 1, you get the binary representation of the numbers 1 to 26 in order.

So perhaps that is the logic to the sequence

A suggestion for the next word in the list


  • $\begingroup$ I knew you were going to solve this!!! $\endgroup$
    – PDT
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ That's it! Thanks @hexomino.And thanks Prince Deepthinker for your input. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 16, 2020 at 10:44

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