Vacation-Season Doublets: A Work-to-Recreation Word Game
Developed by renowned word-player and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, doublets are a word pair linked by a chain of words formed by changing only one letter at a time. For Carroll, the object was to get from the first word to the last using the shortest possible chain of words in between. Carroll’s 1879 Doublets: A Word-Puzzle is available as a free Google eBook.
Our doublets don’t always strive for the shortest chain, but today’s theme motivated me to be expeditious. With summer-vacation season in full swing, our doublets game takes us from steady hard work to recreation in just five short steps.
To solve the doublets puzzle, use the first clue to solve the first four-letter word. For the remaining words (also four letters each), find the word that fits the clue and can be created by changing only one letter of the previous word. [Difficulty level: Easy to moderate. Hint: If you’re temporarily stumped by the first word, try working backwards or from an easier spot in the middle.]
__ __ __ __ v. to trudge or plod, whether on a journey or through a pile of work
__ __ __ __ n. a regularly updated website recent posts appearing first
__ __ __ __ v. to make a mark or to pat dry
__ __ __ __ n. the main storyline
__ __ __ __ n. a town map showing land divisions and features (U.S.)
__ __ __ __ v. to engage in an activity for amusement or recreation
Answers to the E. B. White word game are now up! (Answers to the vacation doublets will appear below next week.)