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    What is the longest English word that can be entered into a text message...

    ...using only the first letters available on each button.

    i.e. the only letters allowed are A, D, G, J, M, P, T and W.


    Clue - there are two possible six-letter solutions.


    clop

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    8 letters per space, and 6 spaces. 8^6 possible combinations, quite a few too many to simply list an guess.

    So I'll assume that the first letter is not an 'A', but that the second letter is. That makes it... 8^4 * 7 possible combinations, still far too many.

    If I then assume that the last letter won't be an 'A', I get
    8^3 * 7^2 still far, far too many.

    I don't think I'm going to be able to solve this with a list of possible choices any time soon.

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    pajama
    pawpaw
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    Um, I've seen "tom-tom" written as "tam-tam" before.

    Here's a list of all letter combinations -- under one page of code to generate them. (Three cheers for Prolog!)

    http://web.unbc.ca/~mcnamarg/words.zip

    Code if you'd rather generate your own:
    %
    % letpuz.pl
    % To get 6 letter combinations, call getSolutions(6,myfile).

    getSolutions(Length, Filename) :-
    tell(Filename),
    writeSolutions(Length),
    !,
    told.

    writeSolutions(M) :-
    solution(M, S),
    writeSol(S),
    nl,
    fail.
    writeSolutions(_).

    solution(0,[]) :- !.
    solution(N, [Let|R]) :-
    letter(Let),
    M is N-1,
    solution(M, R).

    writeSol([]).
    writeSol([A|R]) :-
    write(A),
    !,
    writeSol(R).

    letter(a).
    letter(d).
    letter(g).
    letter(j).
    letter(m).
    letter(p).
    letter(t).
    letter(w).

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    01101001 how did you do it?

    clop

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    Quote Originally Posted by clop
    01101001 how did you do it?
    Unix tools.

    grep -i '^[adgjmptw][adgjmptw][adgjmptw][adgjmptw][adgjmptw][adgjmptw]$' /usr/share/dict/words
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
    Skepticism enables us to distinguish fancy from fact, to test our speculations. --Carl Sagan

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    that is amazing

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    Wagamama

    (Just be patient. It's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the OED!)

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    I have an English dictionary that includes the word "mata-mata," although it is a hyphenated word. Apparently, it is used to mean "police" in Malaysia.

    I hate the spelling "pajama." It confuses and infuriates me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    Wagamama

    (Just be patient. It's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the OED!)
    Hey! i've got one of those about a mile away in Kingston. Only been once but the food was good

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    A, D, G, J, M, P, T and W? In Dutch, we can do better than 6. No program, just trial and error, gives me at least 7:

    JAAGPAD (towpath)

    Anyone can do better in his or her language?

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    Oh, and "Mammagamma" is an Alan Parsons Project song title.

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