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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

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What exceptional words turn into other words by movement of letters?

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longest word allowing exchange of letters (metallege)
CONSERVATIONAL, CONVERSATIONAL
longest head-to-tail shift
SPECULATION, PECULATIONS
longest double head-to-tail shift
STABLE-TABLES-ABLEST
longest complete cyclic transposal ATE-TEA-EAT (3)
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Unless noted otherwise, all words occur in Webster's Third New International
Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, MA, 1961.

 

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