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Two collections of words.

For Kickshaws, Jeremy Morse sent "two collections of dictionary words (lowercase, unhyphenated), each of which has one weak link which your readers may be able to repair."

1. On the analogy of the well-known type-collection of AEIOU words, here is a collection of ABCD words from Chambers and OED unabridged dictionaries.

 ABCD   ABSCOND ABDC   ABDUCT ACBD   ASCRIBED ACDB   ASCENDIBLE
ADBC   ROADBLOCK ADCB   TRADUCIBLE BACD   BACKED BADC   BARDIC BCAB
BROCADE BCDA   HERBICIDAL BDAC   BIRDWATCHER BDCA   BIRDCAGE CABD
CARBIDE CADB   CANDLEBERRY CBAD   CUPBOARD CBDA   CUBOIDAL CDAB
CREDITABLE CDBA   CUDBEAR DABC   DIABETIC DACB   DANCEABLE DBAC
DEBAUCH DBCA   DISBOSCATION DCAB   EDUCABLE DCBA   DECUBITAL 

2. And here is a collection of words showing a high degree of invariance with the months of the year and days of the week.

JAGUARS, TEXTUARY, LARCH, APRON, BAY, TUNE, DULY, AUGURY, SEPTENARY, OCTOPUS, REMEMBER, REMEMBER.

SUNDAE, MONKEY, OUTSTAY, YESTERDAY, THUNDER, FRIAR, SATURATE.

ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS

1. The weak link is DANCEABLE with its second A.

2. The weak link here is THURSDAY/THUNDERY with only 50% invariable. Other matching patterns are THURIBLE, THIRSTED, TOURISTY, TORRIDLY, TEAR AWAY, CHURCHLY, OVERSTAY, EVERYDAY, DOOMSDAY.

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Title Annotation:KICKSHAWS
Publication:Word Ways
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Date:Aug 1, 2014
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