This is yet a fairyly ordinary word ladder on the chessboard.




Each step you can do ONE of the following:

1) Add a letter

2) Remove a letter

3) Change a letter

4) Introducing the Fairy Chess - ANAGRAM:

Shuffle the whole word into another legitimate word, e.g. SHOP > POSH


1) only words in Wiktionary with an “English” entry are allowed. No “Old English”, “Middle English”,…

2) For fun and simplicity, QU can be counted as one letter.

3) Bishop is not here for a reason. It is a dead end. Please tell me if it is not. Thanks!

Have fun!

P.S. Sorry if you guys think that Wiktionary is too broad. I will try to improve on this aspect from the next puzzle on.

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    $\begingroup$ Wiktionary is a somewhat questionable source for thre reasons: it contains words that don't actually exist in the English language. $\endgroup$ – Bass Jun 13 '19 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Bass thanks for your opinion. in my honest opinion, when you don't know a word it doesn't mean it isn't a word. that was also the moment when I learnt that thre was a word. btw, OneIsNot3 and PiIsNot3 as well :) $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 13 '19 at 16:02
  • $\begingroup$ Is the bishop left out intentionally? :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Jun 13 '19 at 16:06
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    $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton, as you may find out by checking any dictionary (and I'm somewhat confident about this, because I checked pretty much every single one), "thre" is, indeed, not a word. $\endgroup$ – Bass Jun 13 '19 at 17:47
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    $\begingroup$ "Thre" was used as a spelling of "three" through the 1500s, straddling the cusp between Middle and Modern English. It appears in two dictionaries that I could find: Wiktionary, as cited above, and the OED, among usage examples for the word "a" oed.com/viewdictionaryentry/Entry/1 $\endgroup$ – Ryan Veeder Jun 13 '19 at 23:59

22 Steps using Knight -> Rook and Queen -> King from jafe's answer

PAWN tawn tain thin thing night KNIGHT night thing thin thon toon took ROOK koro kero kern keen QUEEN keen ken kin KING

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    $\begingroup$ nice find! i'll accept your answer now $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 14 '19 at 12:37

25 steps

PAWN pain pin tin thin thing night KNIGHT night thing thin thon toon took ROOK took toon ton ten teen QUEEN keen ken kin KING

  • $\begingroup$ i have a case with 25 ;) see if you can beat me :) $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 13 '19 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Hmm...! $\endgroup$ – jafe Jun 13 '19 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ sorry I mean 26... +1 btw! $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 13 '19 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Probably not. Knowledge of chess doesn't really help in solving this. $\endgroup$ – jafe Jun 14 '19 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe rot13(Vs "gnva" vf nyybjrq, naq vg vf znexrq jvgu "Ratyvfu" va Jvxgvbanel, lbh pbhyq punatr "cva gva" gb "gnva" fnivat n jbeq.) $\endgroup$ – Bananenkopp Jun 14 '19 at 12:40

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