9
$\begingroup$

Transpose neighboring letters until the word LOVABLE is formed in the outermost petal of this rosette:

rosette_initial_state



The rosette above consists of 13 petals, each containing a word. The words spiral outward from the center.

Your objective is to transpose neighboring letters until the word LOVABLE is formed within the outermost petal.

You may transpose any pair of neighboring letters, horizontally or vertically. No diagonals. You may transpose letters between two words, or within the same word (e.g., CLAM becomes CALM).

You must always maintain a valid word in every petal, and the orientation of the words must spiral outward from the center. Words should be familiar English words, not slang, obscure, archaic, or abbreviations. No need to reach for the dictionary.



FYI, the spiral reads as follows:

A, AN, NO, SO, PER, TWO, PATH, SLIT, LOINS, PLIED, STAMPS, WEEDED, MOVABLE

For those who prefer text-only:

DEDEEWS
MTILSHP
OLOSOTM
VOPANAA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E



Epilogue:

Bravo to @draconiansomalian for their tenacity.

I posted an additional answer if you would like to see some alternate solutions.



$\endgroup$
5
  • $\begingroup$ Do you consider "informal" words to be slang? e.g., rot13(cb)? $\endgroup$
    – user78105
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 11:20
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps rot13(cb) falls under "obscure", I'm unsure. Knowledge of 2-letter scrabble words is more of a hinderance it seems! Further, is rot13("An", zrnavat ab) slang? $\endgroup$
    – user78105
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 11:26
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @draconiansomalian — "PO" was not in my solving dictionary and therefore not part of any of my solutions. I tend to be much more restrictive than the Scrabble dictionaries because I want the solutions to my puzzles to be familiar and accessible to everyone. It seems that "PO" can be a shortened form of "poor", Australian slang for a chamber pot, an abbreviation for "post office", and the obscure/archaic element of "po-faced". All of these feel like slang, abbreviations, obscure, or archaic to me. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 16:50
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @draconiansomalian — BTW, just out of pure curiosity, I added "PO" to my solving dictionary. It does shorten the solution path by 25%. So I believe you are heading in the right direction! $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 16:50
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @draconiansomalian — I think it is a similar story with "NA" (meaning "no"). $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 16:56

2 Answers 2

3
$\begingroup$

Potential solution:

DEDLEWS
LMAESSP
OTNINTM
VOPAAOA
AOIEHPT
BNTROWS
LSPLIED
E

Path:

DEDEEWS
MTILSHP
OLOSOTM
VOPANAA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLISHP
OLOSOTM
VOPANAA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLIHSP
OLOSOTM
VOPANAA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLIHSP
OLOSNTM
VOPAOAA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLIHSP
OLOSNTM
VOPAAOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLIHSP
OLONSTM
VOPAAOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLISSP
OLONHTM
VOPAAOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLISSP
OLONATM
VOPAHOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLISSP
OLNOATM
VOPAHOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLISSP
OLNAOTM
VOPAHOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTLASSP
OLNIOTM
VOPAHOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDEEWS
MTALSSP
OLNIOTM
VOPAHOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNIOTM
VOPAHOA
AIEANPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNIOTM
VOPANOA
AIEAHPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNIOTM
VOPANOA
AIEHAPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAOOA
AIEHAPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAAOA
AIEHOPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAAOA
AIEOHPT
BNRTWOS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAAOA
AIEOHPT
BNRTOWS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAAOA
AIEOHPT
BNTROWS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAAOA
AIOEHPT
BNTROWS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MTAESSP
OLNINTM
VOPAAOA
AOIEHPT
BNTROWS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
MLAESSP
OTNINTM
VOPAAOA
AOIEHPT
BNTROWS
LSPLIED
E
DEDLEWS
LMAESSP
OTNINTM
VOPAAOA
AOIEHPT
BNTROWS
LSPLIED
E

$\endgroup$
3
  • $\begingroup$ Of course, the validity of this solution mostly depends on rot13("B", jvgubhg na ncbfgebcur, orvat n inyvq jbeq. Boivbhfyl "N" naq "V" nera'g hc sbe qrongr, ohg "B" vf n ovg bs na vffhr). $\endgroup$
    – user78105
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, there is a way to get around this issue - edited answer. $\endgroup$
    – user78105
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ It's looking better! I might be able to accept AH, HA, EH, and OH at a stretch, but I'm cringing at HO. (Or maybe that's what Santa Claus says?) FYI, there are solutions which use nothing more exotic than A, AN, AS, IN, NO, ON, SO. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 20:26
0
$\begingroup$

Two slightly different paths lead to two slightly different end states.

Alternate solution #1:

1. SLIT ---> SILT
2. PATH, SILT ---> PATS, HILT
3. PATS ---> PAST
4. LOINS ---> LIONS
5. PLIED ---> PILED
6. PER, PILED ---> PEP, RILED
7. NO ---> ON
8. ON, PAST ---> AN, POST
9. POST, HILT ---> POSH, TILT
10. AN, SO ---> AS, NO
11. NO ---> ON
12. PEP, LIONS ---> POP, LIENS
13. LIENS ---> LINES
14. TILT, LINES ---> TILL, TINES
15. ON, TILL ---> IN, TOLL
16. A, IN ---> I, AN
17. AN, TOLL ---> ON, TALL
18. POSH, TALL ---> POST, HALL
19. POST, STAMPS ---> PAST, STOMPS
20. PAST ---> PATS
21. HALL, TINES ---> HALT, LINES
22. PATS, HALT ---> PATH, SALT
23. SALT ---> SLAT
24. SLAT, WEEDED ---> SEAT, WELDED
25. SEAT, LINES ---> SEAL, TINES
26. SEAL, MOVABLE ---> SEAM, LOVABLE


Alternate solution #2:

1. TWO ---> TOW
2. PER, TOW ---> PET, ROW
3. SLIT ---> SILT
4. PATH, SILT ---> PATS, HILT
5. PATS ---> PAST
6. LOINS ---> LIONS
7. NO ---> ON
8. ON, PAST ---> AN, POST
9. POST, HILT ---> POSH, TILT
10. AN, SO ---> AS, NO
11. NO ---> ON
12. PET, LIONS ---> POT, LIENS
13. LIENS ---> LINES
14. TILT, LINES ---> TILL, TINES
15. ON, TILL ---> IN, TOLL
16. A, IN ---> I, AN
17. AN, TOLL ---> ON, TALL
18. POSH, TALL ---> POST, HALL
19. POST, STAMPS ---> PAST, STOMPS
20. PAST ---> PATS
21. HALL, TINES ---> HALT, LINES
22. PATS, HALT ---> PATH, SALT
23. SALT ---> SLAT
24. SLAT, WEEDED ---> SEAT, WELDED
25. SEAT, LINES ---> SEAL, TINES
26. SEAL, MOVABLE ---> SEAM, LOVABLE

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.