Linked to This word chain will come back to me.

That puzzle got some very creative answers and comments. Although the puzzle itself took some work, I found it very interesting.

So here is a more general puzzle.

What is the longest word chain/cycle can you create that is a full cycle as shown below for 6 words using the following word transitions in ANY order:

1 Anagram

2 Antonym

3 Synonym

4 Homophone/nym

5 Rhyme Word

6 Rot 13

7 Translate: French or German or Spanish only one time All other words must be English

8 Gramagrams

9 "Is a part/substring of" or "Is a portion of" see the link for example


All words must be separate words from Merriam Webstar dictionary (except the translation words of course)

You cannot use the same type of transition twice

You do not have to use all the 9 listed transitions

Since 6 words cycle is already done, there is a minimum of 7 words.

If you use translation then the next word in cycle must be english.

Synonyms and Antonyms can come from Thesaurus.com or Wordhippo.com

I do understand that this is a bit open ended puzzle but hope the Community will allow it. If not I am "open" to "closing" it (antonym of open!)

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  • $\begingroup$ Are abbreviations allowed? $\endgroup$ Jun 14 '21 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ Sure. If it really makes it interesting! $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jun 14 '21 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ What does this mean? Since 6 words cycle is already done, there is a minimum of 7 words. $\endgroup$ Jun 14 '21 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ Need a 7 word or more cycle @KabirKanhaArora all separate words all different transitions $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jun 14 '21 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because open-ended puzzles are off-topic as of May 2019. (As the tag says) $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Jun 15 '21 at 2:23

(9 words) Not terribly satisfactory, but I think it should be valid.

Nye as in the county, NV as the abbreviation for Nevada, and the mildly dodgy abroad/nigh antonym according to WordHippo enter image description here


I have made a cycle with 8 words:

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    $\begingroup$ Hmmm... It feels a bit of a stretch to me to say that Nagging and Jarring really rhyme (Nagging and Tagging, yes)... And ants and mites are really distinct creatures, so I'm not sure they're truly synonymous... I like the German section though - that part's very satisfactory :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jun 14 '21 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ I agree, I'll take a fresh stab at it tomorrow and try to come up with a better cycle. $\endgroup$ Jun 14 '21 at 18:43

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