Here’s a minor interruption to introduce isograms and discuss one aspect of their relevance in Kryptos.

An isogram is a word that doesn’t repeat a letter.

I was trying to find words to fill my proto-foursquare grids and isograms seem to be a really nifty way of trying to work around some of the problems I’ve been having.  Meaningful possible candidates for keywords that you don’t have to drop a letter as you go to use?

There are a lot of isograms out there but I needed a 15 letter one without an A.  Might as well try and find a unicorn!

For those of us who like to have fun with words, here are some of the longer ones:

11 letters

  • abolishment
  • atmospheric
  • backgrounds
  • campgrounds
  • complainers
  • countryside
  • dangerously
  • disgraceful
  • disturbance
  • documentary
  • facetiously
  • fracedinous
  • filmography
  • fluoridates
  • lumberjacks
  • misanthropy
  • nefariously
  • palindromes
  • personality
  • playgrounds
  • playwrights
  • precautions
  • predictably
  • Republicans
  • semordnilap
  • speculation
  • stenography
  • subordinate
  • Switzerland
  • trampolines
  • undesirably
  • vouchsafing
  • workmanship

12 letters

  • absorptively
  • ambidextrous
  • bankruptcies
  • configurated
  • considerably
  • demonstrably
  • exclusionary
  • exculpations
  • exhaustingly
  • flowcharting
  • gunpowderish
  • housewarming
  • hypnotizable
  • lexicography
  • malnourished
  • metalworking
  • misconjugate
  • overhaulings
  • packinghouse
  • questionably
  • recognizably or recognisably
  • thunderclaps
  • unforgivable
  • unforgivably
  • unprofitable
  • unprofitably
  • upholstering

13 letters

  • consumptively
  • documentarily
  • flamethrowing
  • fracedinously
  • hypnotizables
  • metalworkings
  • misconjugated
  • multi-branched
  • troublemaking
  • subordinately
  • unpredictably
  • unproblematic
  • unscreamingly
  • unsympathized

14 letters

  • ambidextrously
  • dermatoglyphic
  • undiscoverably

15 letters

  • dermatoglyphics
  • hydropneumatics
  • misconjugatedly
  • uncopyrightable

16 letters

  • uncopyrightables

So the search continues but trying to find a non-isogram that resolves to 15 letters without the use of an A seems a trifle…unlikely.

Kryptosfan

Advertisements