Carburetor is a car part, but prosecutable is not


My wife and I like to listen to PuzzleMaster Will Shortz.on NPR.


 


This week’s challenge is from one of my favorite puzzle makers Merl Reagle:


 


Take the word carburetor, add two letters and rearrange the result to name another car part. And the answer is one word. What car part is it?


 


It took 1 minute to write a program to solve this, 6 second to run it, and it’s pretty clear that “prosecutable” is not a car part


 


If you learn the answer from this post, to be fair, please do not submit your answer to NPR.


 


See also:


Sudoku puzzles screen capture


The mechanics of Sudoku


Create your own Word Search puzzles


A Discounter Introduces Reductions: Multiple Anagrams


 


 


carburettors


counterblast


fusobacteria


neuroblastic


prosecutable


protuberance


scrobiculate


subcarbonate


tuberculomas


tubocurarine


turbocharger


 


 


 


nStart=SECONDS()


LOCAL ox as dictionary.dict


ox=CREATEOBJECT(“dictionary.dict”)


*Find all words into a table.


?ox.FindMatches(“*”)


?ox.Words.Count


CREATE TABLE  words (word v(25))


FOR i = 1 TO ox.Words.Count


      cWord=ox.Words.Item(i-1)


      INSERT INTO words VALUES (cWord)


ENDFOR


 


cStr=”carburetor”


SELECT * FROM words WHERE LEN(word)=LEN(cStr)+2 INTO CURSOR foo


SCAN


      nCnt=0


      FOR i = 1 TO LEN(word)+2


            IF SUBSTR(cStr,i,1)$word


                  nCnt=nCnt+1


            ENDIF


      ENDFOR


      IF nCnt =10


            ?word


      ENDIF


ENDSCAN


?”Done in “,SECONDS()-nStart


 


 


 

Comments (6)

  1. Tom Corrigan says:

    Where did the dictionary.dict ActiveX object come from?

  2. Calvin_Hsia says:

    I wrote the Dictionary.Dict object. It can be downloaded: see the Multiple Anagram link above

  3. Gary Brooks says:

    How about an anagram like this.  You get one or more words that are basically just a supply of letters.  You also get the format of the Here’s an example where the output is three words:

    TEST LEAVEN PRUNE _ _ _|_ _ _ _ _ _ _|_ _ _ _ _

    The solution:  NET PRESENT VALUE

  4. I was using a program that was yet another TLA and I wanted to create a mnemonic to help me remember

  5. Several years ago, my wife and I were walking through a local shopping mall. At the time, there was some