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    1. A “word” is an entry on dictionary.com.

    2. A “sentence” is any text that is grammatically correct, has a complete meaning in the English language, starts with a capital letter and ends with a dot.

  1. Repeated words are not allowed.

  2. You are allowed to use punctuation, such as colons and quotation marks, as long as it’s not for making lists (i.e. cheating).

  3. Sentences are rated by word count, however proper names count each as only one word since they can trivially be extended from simple proper nouns by appending surnames.

  4. Common words cannot be changed to proper nouns, although these are allowed as long as they appear as such on dictionary.com.

  5. Finally, as suggested, sentences and text inside quotes must actually make sense, not just gibberish.

That’s it! Good luck, puzzlers!

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    $\begingroup$ Shouldn't there be a requirement that you form a proper sentence, not just gibberish? $\endgroup$
    – dramzy
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ This might be useful to people attempting this puzzle. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 17:08
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    $\begingroup$ Competitions to form sentences with the most X inevitably devolve into who can stretch the meaning of sentence the most, and writing code to brute-force search. $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 0:38
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    $\begingroup$ Is it strange how saying sentences backward creates backward sentences saying how strange it is? $\endgroup$
    – Neil
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 6:57
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because open-ended puzzles are off-topic as of May 2019 $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Commented Jul 21, 2021 at 18:52

8 Answers 8


11 words, 77 characters

Anestri-resiant starnie retina's stearin stainer retains antsier, nastier retsina ratines.

Which means:

Having been resiant (residing) in anestri (a period of sexual rest), the stearin stainer (a pigment used to stain stearin, a certain triglyceride compound) of the retina of a starnie (a small star) retains retsina ratines (loose, knotted fabric soaked in retsina, a pine-flavoured Greek wine) that are more fidgety (antsier) and more nastier than before.

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    $\begingroup$ I know a lot of words, but wow, good thing you had your explanation. $\endgroup$
    – corsiKa
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ 90 characters after you add the punctuation. Very nice. $\endgroup$
    – Kingrames
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ You're going to have to explain exactly what a star's retina is. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ It's the colorless-green part of a star that sleeps furiously =) Alternatively, we can interpret "starnie" as "starlet", a young actor / actress. $\endgroup$
    – Hackiisan
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 17:57

Setal teals steal least-stale slate-stela Tesla tales.

9 words

"Bristly birds steal the least stale tales of Tesla that are written on a slate stela (stone slab)."

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    $\begingroup$ I like this one better than the spear one, it makes a bit more sense (lol) if that's in any way logical... $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ Um... 9 5-letter words should be 45 characters?? $\endgroup$
    – Rohcana
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 0:44

Here's a five-word one:

Rats' star tars tsar arts.

Or, "The most famous from among the rats smears tar on art produced by the emperor."

  • $\begingroup$ The apostrophe at the end of " Rats' " is cheating a bit, an anagram of that would have to have the apostrophe as well. Clever though. $\endgroup$
    – dramzy
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 16:58
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    $\begingroup$ @RespectMyAuthoritah An alternative would be "Rats" star, indicating the star of the musical "Rats". I'm not quite willing to stoop down to that level, though. :D $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I am not even sure if non-alphabet characters matter in anagrams. Depends on the definition I guess. $\endgroup$
    – dramzy
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 17:04
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    $\begingroup$ The question says punctuation is allowed. $\endgroup$
    – A E
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 18:09

8 words:

Parse, "Asper spear pares prase, apres, reaps pears".

Meaning "Parse the sentence: "rough spear cuts/removes prase (a translucent, greenish variety of chalcedony.), afterwards it reaps pears". Convoluted, I know.

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    $\begingroup$ Actually, since the rules are not clear on what counts as a sentence, one can do: > Parse "apers, apres, asper, pares, pears, prase, presa, rapes, reaps, spare, spear". which could be a command to parse that string, it wouldn't really matter if the words inside the string form a proper sentence, $\endgroup$
    – dramzy
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ This would be a command to parse a list. But I see where you are going: You could put any gibberish inside the quotes. I'll change the rules to dis $\endgroup$
    – MathET
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ Probably needs a comma replacing with a semicolon in here $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ Corrected the sentence ;) $\endgroup$
    – dramzy
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 3:27

6 6-letter words, no punctuation:

Septal plates staple palest pastel petals.

which means:

Plates from a burial chamber use a stapler on pale, delicately shaded petals.

  • $\begingroup$ I remember trying to write a sestina once with all of the line-ending words anagrams; five of the six were these. I wish I had finished it. $\endgroup$
    – lirtosiast
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 6:01
  • $\begingroup$ @justhalf You still could.. It's never too late :) And there's "pleats" too, I just couldn't fit it in anywhere. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ I think you meant @ThomasKwa instead :) $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 7:29
  • $\begingroup$ @justhalf Oops.. Sorry about that.. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ @ThomasKwa You still could.. It's never too late :) And there's "pleats" too, I just couldn't fit it in anywhere. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 7:47

9 words, 54 characters

Artel's salter alerts staler slater, alters stelar estral ratels.

Which means-

A salter (a person making salts) who belongs to an artel (a community of farmers), alerts a slater (a person who lays slates) who is staler (more unwitty), and alters an inscription of estral ratels (badgerlike carnivores who are in the estrous cycle) on a stone slub (stele).

There are also the words "talers" and "laster" which I am not able to fit in this sentence(?) meaningfully.


Here's an 8 word sentence with a proper noun:

Apres-rapes, Spear pares spare pears; reaps asper.

You didn't say I couldn't make one or all of them proper nouns!

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    $\begingroup$ Well pointed out. I changed the rules because it's kinda cheating. Have my upvote, though $\endgroup$
    – MathET
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 21:32

10 words

Apres-rapes, parse "prase spear pares spare pears, reaps asper"


After you have completed the violent sexual attacks, analyse the following sentence: "a weapon, made of green quartz, removes the skin of sweet fruits (rather like apples) which are additional to requirements, and is rewarded with a former silver coin of Turkey and Egypt"

Thank you to @Ian McDonald for the helpful link.

Update: I see Respect has come up with something similar while I was working this out.


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