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I've put together a list of 26 common five letter words, one for each letter of the alphabet. The letters in each word are not repeated and there are no plural words (no "books" for example). The list below shows you which letters every word shares with the other 25 words. The five letter word that starts with A shares 1 letter in common with the five letter word that starts with B, two letters with the word that starts with C, and four with the D word. Your job is to find out what the words are.


. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A . 1 2 4 2 3 2 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 0
B 1 . 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 3
C 2 1 . 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 5 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
D 4 1 1 . 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
E 2 2 2 1 . 2 2 5 2 2 1 2 0 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
F 3 0 2 2 2 . 2 2 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1
G 2 1 1 1 2 2 . 2 1 3 1 2 3 1 0 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1
H 2 2 2 1 5 2 2 . 2 2 0 1 1 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
I 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 2 . 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1
J 2 0 2 2 2 3 3 2 0 . 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 0
K 2 0 1 2 1 3 1 1 1 2 . 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2
L 2 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 2 2 . 1 1 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 2
M 1 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 2 0 1 . 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 2
N 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . 2 0 1 1 1 1 3 4 0 2 0 1
O 1 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 2 . 2 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 2
P 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 . 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 4 2
Q 2 0 2 1 1 3.1 1 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 1 . 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 1
R 1 2 1 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 . 1 5 1 2 1 2 1 1
S 2 1 5 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
T 1 2 1 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 5 1 . 1 2 1 2 1 1
U 1 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 1 3 1 . 2 1 2 1 2
V 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 2 1 2 2 . 0 2 0 0
W 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 . 1 2 2
X 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 1
Y 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 . 2
Z 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 .
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Please, when submitting guesses for words, tell me why you think it is the five letter word you have chosen.

[spoiler=Here's a hint]Start with the higher numbers.[/spoiler]

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I've put together a list of 26 common five letter words, one for each letter of the alphabet. The letters in each word are not repeated and there are no plural words (no "books" for example). The list below shows you which letters every word shares with the other 25 words. The five letter word that starts with A shares 1 letter in common with the five letter word that starts with B, two letters with the word that starts with C, and four with the D word. Your job is to find out what the words are.


. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A . 1 2 4 2 3 2 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 0
B 1 . 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 3
C 2 1 . 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 5 0 3 1 2 0 2 1
D 4 1 0 . 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
E 2 2 2 1 . 2 2 5 2 2 1 2 0 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
F 3 0 2 2 2 . 2 2 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1
G 2 1 1 1 2 2 . 2 1 3 1 2 3 1 0 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1
H 2 2 2 1 5 2 2 . 2 2 0 1 1 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
I 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 2 . 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1
J 2 0 2 2 2 3 3 2 0 . 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 0
K 2 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 1 2 . 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2
L 2 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 2 2 . 1 1 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 2
M 1 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 2 0 1 . 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 2
N 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . 2 0 1 1 1 1 3 4 0 2 0 1
O 1 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 2 . 2 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 2 2
P 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 . 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 4 2
Q 2 0 2 1 1 3.1 1 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 1 . 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 1
R 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 0 . 1 5 1 2 1 1 1 1
S 2 1 5 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 3 0 1 1 2 1
T 1 2 0 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 1 5 1 . 1 2 1 2 1 1
U 1 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 1 3 1 . 2 1 2 1 2
V 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 2 0 2 2 . 0 2 0 0
W 1 0 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 . 1 2 2
X 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 1
Y 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 . 2
Z 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 .
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Please, when submitting guesses for words, tell me why you think it is the five letter word you have chosen.

[spoiler=Here's a hint]Start with the higher numbers.[/spoiler]

[spoiler=early guess]E = earth

H = heart

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Nice puzzle Professor. B))

It may be a typo in your number grid and it may [more likely] be that I don't understand how it works.

C and S intersect with a 5.

To me that means the C and S words are anagrams.

But shouldn't the C and S columns then be identical with the exception of where the blank diagonal crosses them?

For example, if the C word shares no letters with the D word, shouldn't the S word also share no letters with the D word?

But I see C-D = 0 and S-D = 1

Similarly for R and T with say C O Q and X. Or maybe this is part of the solution process.

Thanks.

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Nice puzzle Professor. B))
It may be a typo in your number grid and it may [more likely] be that I don't understand how it works.

C and S intersect with a 5.

To me that means the C and S words are anagrams.

But shouldn't the C and S columns then be identical with the exception of where the blank diagonal crosses them?

For example, if the C word shares no letters with the D word, shouldn't the S word also share no letters with the D word?

But I see C-D = 0 and S-D = 1

Similarly for R and T with say C O Q and X. Or maybe this is part of the solution process.

Thanks.

I apologize. I thought I had done my due diligence, but there were some typos in the orinigal grid. :blush: I'll try to get the OP changed. In the mean time here is the correct version (I hope).

. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A . 1 2 4 2 3 2 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 0
B 1 . 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 3
C 2 1 . 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 5 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
D 4 1 1 . 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
E 2 2 2 1 . 2 2 5 2 2 1 2 0 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
F 3 0 2 2 2 . 2 2 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1
G 2 1 1 1 2 2 . 2 1 3 1 2 3 1 0 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1
H 2 2 2 1 5 2 2 . 2 2 0 1 1 1.3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
I 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 2 . 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1
J 2 0 2 2 2 3 3 2 0 . 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 0
K 2 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 1 2 . 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2
L 2 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 2 2 . 1 1 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 2
M 1 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 2 0 1 . 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 2
N 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . 2 0 1 1 1 1 3 4 0 2 0 1
O 1 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 2 . 2 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 2 2
P 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 . 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 4 2
Q 2 0 2 1 1 3.1 1 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 1 . 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 1
R 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 . 1 5 1 2 1 2 1 1
S 2 1 5 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
T 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 5 1 . 1 2 1 2 1 1
U 1 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 1 3 1 . 2 1 2 1 2
V 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 2 1 2 2 . 0 2 0 0
W 1 0 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 . 1 2 2
X 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 1
Y 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 . 2
Z 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 .
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Ok, another pair
C and S - Cause and Sauce!

Share all five letters and have two letters in common with E and H.

Right!

Another pair

R = Remit

T = Timer

3 letters in common with E/H

1 letter in common with C/S

I and M share letters with R/T

Correct!

The correct one is..

Opera.

It shares 3 letters with E/H, and 2 letters with C/S.

This one is not right

Yet another pair?

P = Patch

Y = Yatch

P and Y share 4 letters with each other, 3 with E/H, 2 with C/S, 1 with R/T

One's right. See reply to Skywalker below

Sorry Cricket, but I think you mispelled one:

YACHT

Correct

Is NOVEL, one of them?

It has no B, P, W or Y.

It has 1 letter in common with CAUSE, EARTH, HEART, REMIT.

It has no letters in common with YACHT.

Yes, now what could the V word be?

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Sorry everyone. I forgot to change one when I was redoing it.

Updated version

. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A . 1 2 4 2 3 2 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 0
B 1 . 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 3
C 2 1 . 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 5 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
D 4 1 1 . 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
E 2 2 2 1 . 2 2 5 2 2 1 2 0 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
F 3 0 2 2 2 . 2 2 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 2 3 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 1
G 2 1 1 1 2 2 . 2 1 3 1 2 3 1 0 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1
H 2 2 2 1 5 2 2 . 2 2 0 1 1 1 3 3 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 1
I 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 2 . 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 1
J 2 0 2 2 2 3 3 2 0 . 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 0 2 0
K 2 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 1 2 . 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 3 1 1 2
L 2 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 2 2 . 1 1 1 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 2
M 1 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 2 0 1 . 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 2
N 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 . 2 0 1 1 1 1 3 4 0 2 0 1
O 1 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 2 . 2 0 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 2 2
P 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 . 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 4 2
Q 2 0 2 1 1 3.1 1 0 2 2 3 2 1 0 1 . 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 1
R 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 . 1 5 1 2 1 2 1 1
S 2 1 5 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 3 1 1 1 2 1
T 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 5 1 . 1 2 1 2 1 1
U 1 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 2 1 3 1 . 2 1 2 1 2
V 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 2 1 2 2 . 0 2 0 0
W 1 0 2 1 2 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 . 1 2 2
X 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 . 1 1
Y 2 2 2 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 . 2
Z 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 .
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I just found this puzzle. I think it is going to keep me occupied all day!

VOWEL

Very close, can you think of another word that it might be?

Spiderman

UNCLE

shares UCE with sauce/cause

shares only E with earth/hearth

shares NLE with novel and only LE with vowel

shares C with yacht/patch

Correct!

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