# Word Tank-chain-wheel Challenge [closed]

My niece gave me this word wheels challenges the other day and I comes up with an alternative. Here's how this challenge works:

Find a word that can form another word by moving its first letter to the end of the word, or vice versa.

Example:

EMIT
MITE
ITEM

Until you can no longer form another word. Here's the rule:

• Must be a word found in dictionary, or a common name.
• Must be at least 3 letters long.
• Must have at least 1 rotation.
• Plural form (end with s) counts as 1 rotation only if you can form another word afterward.
• Please don't be like my niece and use the example as an answer...

Scoring:

• 1 point for each letter used ("emit" will has 4 points)
• 1.5 point for each 'rotation' it can have ("emit" has 2 rotations, thus 3 points)
• 1 point if the word can be loop infinitely.

Highest score wins.

This challenge will remains open for at least 2 days.

Time's up!

Highest score:
Dr Xorile - 11.5
Engineer Toast - 11.5

Base on the time the answer is submitted, Dr. Xorile will be the winner of this challenge! There are some creative answers which I like much! Thanks for everyone's participation.

• So, the question is? :D Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:21
• Technically "antidisestablishmentarianism" is worth 28 points. You might want to set a minimum number of rotations or lower/eliminate the weighting for length, or even without this loophole the question will become "what's the longest word you can put 's' in front of". Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:46
• Imho, a short word that loops infinitely should be worth more than a long word that loops once or twice.
– Carl
Commented May 3, 2016 at 20:34
• @Adeptus I was wondering if I should reword that... "ate" is an infinite loop of three letters, so it's worth 3 times the amount of iterations, 3 squared. Plus the 4.5 makes it 13.5. Again, it's just an example of my hypothetical.
– Carl
Commented May 4, 2016 at 2:58
• I’m voting to close this question because without better defining "word" or "common name" it turns into an ill-defined, open-ended puzzle (and open-ended puzzles are off-topic as of May 2019) Commented Aug 15, 2021 at 23:22

So the obvious "trick" for getting around the plural thing is to use a past-tense:

denunciate -> enunciated gives 11.5

is the best I could find. In a similar vein:

devaluate -> evaluated gives 10.5

If you avoid this trick, then there are other options:

trusties -> rustiest gives 9.5

Although this all works with the scoring system, I think the prettiest answer so far was given by @gannolloy

stripe -> tripes -> ripest (9.0)

The only other one I can think of that's similar is:

stable -> tables -> ablest (9.0)

I'm struggling to find anything that has more rotations apart from 3 letter words (ate->tea->eat; asp->spa->pas (which is a bit weak)). I can't find anything longer than the two above.

I quite like this one which is one letter shorter:

route-> outer->utero (8.0 points)

because it doesn't use any "s" or "d" at all! Similar, but not as good (imho) are:

amass->massa->assam (if that second word is not too politically incorrect), and saver->avers->versa

• What are trusties? Commented May 3, 2016 at 16:43
• Apparently it's a word Commented May 3, 2016 at 16:45
• It's the name I give to my favourite underpants Commented May 3, 2016 at 17:00
• I won't add sear to my answer in full, for reasons that will become clear to anyone willing to work through the two rotations... Commented May 3, 2016 at 17:05
• I suppose invitee and e-invite is unacceptable? Commented May 3, 2016 at 20:04

STRIPE > TRIPES > RIPEST

6 + 3 = 9

Also, if names can be used:

ESTON > STONE > TONES > ONEST

5 + 4.5 = 9.5 (Eston is a town in England)

Also, just for fun (Probably invalid):

SHIRE > HIRES > IRESH (Name of Indian/Hindu Origin) > RESHI (A people from a book series The Stormlight Archive) > ESHIR (A type of werewolf creature from the game Summoners War) > SHIRE

5 + 7.5 + 1 = 13.5. Conclusion: if you google anything you will find a result

• onest? I'll be 'onest - that's a pretty old word! Commented May 3, 2016 at 17:03
• Your last one would actually be 5 + 4*1.5 + 1 = 12! Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:21
• I am not a smart man. Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:24
• @charfellow: not true: there are 5 rotations. The correct value is 13.5. Commented May 4, 2016 at 14:41
• @IanMacDonald They work because they have another rotation after. That rule is just to prevent people from using a long word that starts with s and then moving it to the end and getting a ton of points. If you have another rotation after that its a valid set, at least by my understanding. Commented May 4, 2016 at 15:33

ATE -> TEA -> EAT -> ATE

So $3+4.5+1=8.5$

And a non-looping word:

STRAPPING -> TRAPPINGS

10.5

• Not sure if the rules are 100% clear - is the botton suggestion valid in regards to "plural form (end with s) counts as 1 rotation only if you can form another word afterward." ? Commented May 3, 2016 at 16:32
• i always thought a 'trapping' looked a bit silly, so its singular, but check out ELU.
– JMP
Commented May 4, 2016 at 8:26
• There are some words that don't have a singular form (or said form is never used.) 'Pants' is another good example. Trappings is definitely plural, and in fact has a singular form, according to m-w: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trapping Commented May 4, 2016 at 17:58

STOPPING -> TOPPINGS

8 + 1.5 = 9.5

• I upvoted this answer as it appears before I added the 4th rule; Please don't downvote it for violating the rules.
– Alex
Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:56

This is not a higher score than the current highest but it is a lot more examples of that score.

All words are 11.5 points (10 letters, 1 rotation)

enucleated => denucleate
enunciated => denunciate

Words that break the plural rule:

crumplings => scrumpling
crunchings => scrunching
educements => seducement
lumberings => slumbering
motherings => smothering
omniphobes => somniphobe
peculators => speculator
tablemates => stablemate
totterings => stottering
tricklings => strickling
wallowings => swallowing
witherings => swithering
wordmakers => swordmaker
• Except that 13 of them break the plural rule! Commented May 4, 2016 at 20:47
• @DrXorile That's what I get for not reading very carefully. Thanks. Commented May 4, 2016 at 21:01
• You've also got a better word list than I do! Commented May 4, 2016 at 22:03
• @DrXorile Litscape. I'd give a link but I'm on mobile. It's very useful for puzzles like this. Commented May 4, 2016 at 23:05
• @DrXorile OK, here's the subpage I actually used from Litscape Commented May 5, 2016 at 12:19

Here are some fun ones

emanate -> manatee

7 + 1.5 = 8.5 pts

gelatin -> elating

7 + 1.5 = 8.5 pts

height -> eighth

6 + 1.5 = 7.5 pts

khan -> hank -> ankh

4 + 1.5 * 2 = 7 pts

Clever 's' ones

slaughter -> laughters
swordplay -> wordplays
slowdown -> lowdowns

STARE -> TARES -> AREST

$5+3=8$

• Do you mean "arrest"?
– Alex
Commented May 3, 2016 at 15:42
• I think "Arest" is a valid word: thefreedictionary.com/Arest Commented May 3, 2016 at 16:06

This uses an archaic word, so you might want to limit that use...

STANG --> TANGS --> ANGST

For 5 + 3 = 8

• "archaic"??? my 5L V8 begs to differ Commented May 3, 2016 at 16:33

EAR -> ARE

$3+ 1.5 => 4.5$

RANGE -> ANGER

$5 + 1.5 => 6.5$

The plural items:

SEAR -> EARS
SCOPE -> COPES
SELECT -> ELECTS
SELECTION -> ELECTIONS