## Funny Farm!

Anything goes, but keep it seemly...
coloin wrote:the total number of 6 letter words = ?

Note that it could also be a five letter word. The words in the puzzle seem to be an inconsistent mix of plural and singular form, some of the other words related to spam (enlargements, scammers) are in plural form.

Now to narrow down the possibilities of the exhaustive search...

1. At least on of the letters must be a vowel (assuming that the word isn't in Czech)
2. At least on of the letters must be a consonant
3. No letter may appear consecutively more than twice

Anybody up to do the maths for this?

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RW wrote:Now to narrow down the possibilities of the exhaustive search...

1. At least on of the letters must be a vowel (assuming that the word isn't in Czech)
2. At least on of the letters must be a consonant
3. No letter may appear consecutively more than twice

Anybody up to do the maths for this?

243714720

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Indeed

I got it slightly wrong [as ever]

If we say that there is probably 2 vowels - [I cant think of a word with more than 3]

There would be 21^4 * 5^2 * 15 = 72930375 poss combinations

Too many....

EDIT a quick reality search reveals less than 1 million total words

http://www.languagemonitor.com/

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I used 6 vowels : a,e,i,o,u,y

If we assume at least 2 vowels in RW's constraints, we get 129,076,320 solutions.

and coloin's formula is 15*(6^2)*(20^4)=86,400,000

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SPAM
stocks
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Congratulations

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Well done underquark

coloin wrote:If we say that there is probably 2 vowels - [I cant think of a word with more than 3]

Booboo
Boohoo
Boogie
Bookie
Bootee
Boomer
Oolite
For starters

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MCC wrote:Well done underquark

Agreed!
coloin wrote:If we say that there is probably 2 vowels - [I cant think of a word with more than 3]

Aeolia? Or how about the more common (very spam related) word beauty?

Well done on the calculations JPF, guess I have to verify them... My first attempts were horribly wrong, because I assumed that the alphabet had 9 vowels like I'm used to... When I got my English right, I got a lot closer, but I can't reproduce your results. [Edit: Found a mistake in my calculations... recounting now.][Edit 2: Yes, you were correct! Congratulations!]

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Thanks underquark!

I did feel a bit disappointed at that answer. But good call RW that it must have been a plural noun judging from the other links!

Also disappointed that there is no pop-up window with fireworks when all vertices are solved. I will actually disable the anti pop-up function for such a window!

Sorry no insight about the combinatory maths on English words... But here could be some 6-letter "words" without any of {aeiouy}:
shhhhh, psssst, pfffft, tsktsk, 1000th, 2001st, etc...

But according to urban legends I think there are actually 3 "dictionary" words of any number of letters:
cwm, crwth, xrxs (pronounced zerkcees)

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Well done underquark.

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`To solve the meta-puzzle, put the two left ones together and get something red. Add the top-right and get into the right state. Then add the last clue and you will win.`

How do get we an answer from "x-files", "religious cult", "The '70s show" and "hospital" ?

How did you guess "The 70s show" even ?

Thanks for the fascinating exercise in litarary combitronics and all those words with vowels [booboo] !

Now...... who else solved this one I wonder ?

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That '70s Show was a dead giveaway because the clue looked like this: ".... '70. ....".
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udosuk wrote:But according to urban legends I think there are actually 3 "dictionary" words of any number of letters:
cwm, crwth, xrxs (pronounced zerkcees)

I'm afraid none of those shows up in my Oxford dictionary of current English. And I'm even more afraid that it won't be long until "words" like WTF, BBL, PLS, THX and RTFM start showing up in dictionaries...

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RW wrote:And I'm even more afraid that it won't be long until "words" like WTF, BBL, PLS, THX and RTFM start showing up in dictionaries...

For the abbreviationally-challenged:

WTF = what the freak/flock
(or some other w-words such as who, where, why etc depending on situation,
and some other f-words depending on your mood )

BBL = be back later

THX = thanks

RTFM = read the fine/friendly manual (or some other f-words depending on your mood )

I wonder why nobody tries that 2nd game at the site?
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I have to admit; all I did was look at my spam mail for the past week. I tried shares and then remembered most were American-oriented so "stocks" it was.

BTW, I believe "nth" is accepted in several dictionaries now as a word with no vowels.
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Nice to hear how you got it underquark

I have just found this review of the game - and all the answers are there !

http://jayisgames.com/archives/2006/09/funny_farm.php

[Wisconsin Hospital !

[google : "x-files religious cult red" ]

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