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Your goal is to create a word ladder that goes from the word "puzzle" to the word "riddle" and then to the word "solution". In that order!

That is, if it's possible, if not you better show me why not!

Valid word-ladder moves:

  • Add a new letter
  • Take away a letter
  • Replace a single letter

If more than 1 solution is found, the shortest will be accepted!

Note: A word must be on dictionary.com to be counted as a valid word!

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  • $\begingroup$ Not allowed to rearrange the letters? $\endgroup$ – JonTheMon Aug 31 '15 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ Can you split into multiple words? $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Aug 31 '15 at 18:03
  • $\begingroup$ Does replacing all occurences of a letter count as one move? $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Aug 31 '15 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure what to do with the double z's $\endgroup$ – Rohcana Aug 31 '15 at 18:09
  • $\begingroup$ Only moves in the valid moves list are valid. If it gets too difficult I may add some. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Aug 31 '15 at 18:12
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I'm hoping we can switch between american and british english...

puzzle
muzzle
muzzled
muzzed
fuzzed
fuzed
fuze
fuse
ruse
rise
ride
rider
ridder
riddler
riddle
widdle
waddle
waddled
wadded
waded
wade
wad
rad
red
redo
redon
radon
radin
radio
ratio
ration
nation
enation
elation
velation
    missing word
volution
solution

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    $\begingroup$ velation -> volution requires two jumps D: $\endgroup$ – Bailey M Aug 31 '15 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ dammit! back to the drawing board.. $\endgroup$ – alexmc Aug 31 '15 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ Also, you can go directly from "elation" to "velation". "Relation" is not needed. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Aug 31 '15 at 20:36
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A shorter path from puzzle to riddle (15 steps)

puzzle
muzzle
muzzled
muzzed
fuzzed
fuzed
fuze
faze
raze
rase
rise
ride
rider
ridder
riddler
riddle

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    $\begingroup$ Why the downvote, downvoter? $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Aug 31 '15 at 20:36
  • $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald: That definitely could not be the case as the downvote came within 2 hours of my posting the answer, whereas your updated 14 step answer came 17 hours after my answer. At the time of the downvote, your answer had 18 steps. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Sep 1 '15 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ @IanMacDonald: Definitely not a plausible suggestion. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Sep 1 '15 at 15:19
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This has 14 steps from puzzle to riddle.

puzzle
puzzled
muzzled
muzzed
fuzzed
fuzed
fused
fuse
ruse
rise
ride
rider
ridder
riddler
riddle
I haven't found a path that ends in solution.
solution

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! You managed to deal with the double Zs :) $\endgroup$ – warspyking Aug 31 '15 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ piddle paddle saddle $\endgroup$ – moonbutt74 Aug 31 '15 at 18:57
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    $\begingroup$ When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles ... they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Aug 31 '15 at 19:00
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My proof of impossibility (I used a computer to reinforce my claim):

I used a very wide dictionary (235,886 words 2.4 MB)

Starting at our endpoint "solution" the only options are:


  • solution
    • solation
      • colation
      • eolation
      • isolation
      • sonation
      • volation
    • volution
      • volation
      • evolution
        • revolution
        • devolution
      • volition
      • vomition
      • nolition

Bold = Not on dictionary.com

Italicized = True dead end

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    $\begingroup$ A 235886 word dictionary cant be only 2.4kbs. $\endgroup$ – Rohcana Sep 1 '15 at 2:11
  • $\begingroup$ Not even if it's compressed? $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Sep 1 '15 at 12:06
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    $\begingroup$ @Anachor Good call, why didn't windows just call it 2.4MB instead of 2,400KB -_- $\endgroup$ – Rj Geraci Sep 1 '15 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Rj because Windows, my friend. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Sep 1 '15 at 13:39
  • $\begingroup$ I like that isolation is a dead end. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Sep 1 '15 at 23:43

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