I have literally dozens of wordsets containing 22 different letters, but haven't been able to crack 23, and DEFINITELY not 24. Can you do it?

Here are as many of mine as I feel like posting, to get you motivated (when more than 3 words are in a group, ANY of the initial, similarly spelt words can be combined with the final 2 words to get 22 letters; also, due to my search methodology there're definitely doubles):

udometry outdream udometer flyspeck whizbang

pyrrhics whiprays whispery shipyard syrphian syrphids physique judgment backflow

rowdyish judgment backflip

crayfish grayfish fortyish judgment plowback

flextime methoxyl wingback jodhpurs

plowback judgment crayfish

backflow judgment whiprays

flyspeck whizbang udometry

exordium outmoved roqueted adjustor dextrous outdrive outdrove outraved vermouth

rhizopus viperish asphyxia hypoxias oxyphils phylaxis hryvnias varnishy pyrexias

hryvnias varnishy plowback judgment

dextrous whizbang flyspeck

backflow wrackful wreckful judgment hypoxias

fireback backfire backflow drawback backward backwrap wrackful judgment oxyphils

backflow cribwork judgment phylaxis

squinted questing frowzily humpback

doorjamb bewormed biformed budworms vexingly chutzpas/chutzpah

budworms vexingly chutzpah chutzpas

vexingly buckshot firedamp

vexingly jodhpurs zweiback

mitzvahs wreckful epoxying


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    $\begingroup$ Please define what word set is allowed $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ "happy hunting" has only ten different letters! $\endgroup$
    – Stef
    Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 19:15
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    $\begingroup$ @Stef Better count again. :) $\endgroup$
    – RobPratt
    Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 19:20
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    $\begingroup$ @dan04 I suppose no. The intent is more on "let's try to cover as much of the alphabet A-Z as possible" $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ I hope that the new contributor user87072 understands the voting culture and accepts the answer from @DanielMathias which answers the question (mine didn't). $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 1, 2023 at 18:42

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Searching a list of over 8000 eight-letter words with no repeated letters yields the following six triples, each with 23 distinct letters:

flumping skydiver watchbox
frowsted humpback vexingly
frowzily judgment pushback
frumpled joystick whizbang
jawboxes mindf**k triglyph
longjump skydiver watchbox

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    $\begingroup$ Figuring out on each line which unique letter is doubled is a fun mini-activity in itself, haha $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 8:09
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    $\begingroup$ Two additional ones (with repeated letters) from the 39287 eight-letter words in the YAWL word.list: {fumblers, whipjack, zygodont} and {buckjump, dwarfing, ethoxyls} $\endgroup$
    – RobPratt
    Commented Dec 6, 2023 at 18:04

Looking for three 8-letter word groups with 24 distinct letters.

I was unable to find a solution in a dictionary, but did find several by using other word lists. Most are 'suspect' but this one uses three words or names that have some currency, there being a Wikipedia entry for each:


FAVICONS is a shortcut icon, website icon, etc.
JEDBURGH is a town in Scotland, UK.
MXYZPTLK is a comic book character.

Expanding the search to three 9-letter words (each of which has distinct letters) I found some solutions which don't use proper names. Each of them uses 24 letters, with 3 letters shared:

depraving schmaltzy squawkbox
fletching jumpdrive squawkbox
jumpdrive quakingly switchbox
pervading schmaltzy squawkbox

The third word used in each of them is a bit suspect though.

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    $\begingroup$ Using fictional names feels a tiny bit like cheating. You could potentially find nearly every combination of letters that way in the thousands of years of recorded history. $\endgroup$
    – Nzall
    Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ Regardless of the commonality of the proper nouns, in challenges like this, it's typically considered a faux pas to use proper nouns entirely. Although it's never stipulated explicitly in the puzzle brief, you'll notice all of OP's examples don't use proper nouns either. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 19:00
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    $\begingroup$ (Also, the characters name is Mister Mxyzptlk, not just Mxyzptlk, and since it's a pseudonym and not a real name, using just the 'surname' feels like a doubly faux pas.) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 19:00
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    $\begingroup$ @TakingNotes as OP knows, there are none to be found in a dictionary, and I don't pretend there were. I took it as a task to find solutions from other word lists, seeing as one answer had already been posted with 23-letter ones. Most of the offerings weren't reasonable to post, and I'm sorry you find this one to be such. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 29, 2023 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ @WeatherVane with your latest comment included into your answer, I think it'd make a very good answer. As is, it seems claiming that you've found the holy grail, while, based on your comment, it's really "here's what you can do if we use other word lists", with the good reasoning you provide. $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 2:47

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