|Alphabest a heterogrammatical word grid challenge
What is a heterogram? It's a word that contains all different letters, like productively and absurdity and formidably. How many heterograms of 9 or more letters can you find?
Your challenge with Alphabest is to form a crossword puzzle arrangement that uses all 26 letters exactly once. The 7 words in the sample above, solved by Eric Bare, fit into a 9x9 grid, a total of 81 squares. Can you do better with a smaller grid? Send us your own solutions and win a prize. And don't worry, they're uncopyrightable. (See? "Uncopyrightable" is also a heterogram.)
Ronald Park constructed an even tighter fit, 15x4 (60) tweaked by George Sicherman:
Here's an even more compact 9x6 (54) solution by George Sicherman:
Ken Futamura rose to the challenge and outdid the previous best 15x4 by one whole row to 15x3 (45), assuring us that all the words are allowed by Scrabble:
It's hard to imagine a more condensed solution, so congratulations to all three of you gentlemen for these alphabest bests!
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