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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:57 pm

ok this is the off topic sub-forum so lets start a few word games.

how many words can you make from the letters R A S P B E R R Y P I ?

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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:52 pm

ok because i am always being accused of cheating at scrabble i am recusing myself from actually finding the words (also can't spell either) so i will act as referee.

i have checked an there are at least 312 valid words possible so lets see who gets closest to or over that number

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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:14 pm

Probably 11factorial ways to rearrange those words.

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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:36 pm

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I have checked and there are at least 312 valid words possible so let's see who gets closest to or over that number.
https://new.wordsmith.org only discovered 234.
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:44 pm

The anagram section of Word Solver Lite on my phone found 363.
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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:12 pm

Code: Select all

$ sudo apt install an wcanadian 			# canadian word list because we have the best words ...
$ an -m2 -w 'raspberrypi' | wc -l				# including dubious [A-Z]'s possessive forms
363
$ an -m2 -w 'raspberrypi' | grep -v \' | wc -l	# much better but still has dodgy ones like abbreviations
262
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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:48 am

You all realise this thread is over eight years old.
I believe that makes it the oldest necro yet.
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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:16 am

Old but interesting none the less.

Is it a trick question? If you have to use all the letters the answer is zero.

Otherwise the answer is 841:

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$ sudo apt-get install wbritish-insane
$ an -m2 -w 'raspberrypi' | grep -v \' | wc -l
841
And I learned a new word I never heard before, "skosh". Which is actually in the dictionary.
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Re: word games -- how many words from the letters.....

Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:38 pm

Heater wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:16 am
Otherwise the answer is 841:
That's an answer. The wbritish-insane list contains errors and many entries that can't reasonably be called words. And, being British, it won't even know how to spell "yogourt", which is Canada's delightfully unique way of spelling it. Mercifully, there's no yog[h|o]urt in a Raspberry Pi. It'd smell bad after a while.
And I learned a new word I never heard before, "skosh". Which is actually in the dictionary.
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