I recently posted a challenge question. (Refer link below)
The Survivors of Dictionaria
The idea for this question came to me when I was driving one day and happened to notice that the car behind me was a Renault Duster. The front bumper had the letters 'DUSTER' written across it, and looking at the word in reverse, I realized that the word
DUSTER could be morphed into
RUSTED simply by interchanging the first and last letter. This was the inspiration for creating the puzzle.
I wondered then if it would be fair to add this in an answer to the challenge. I refrained from doing so at the time, but again came around to wondering what the community's opinion on this matter would be, when I posted the question From Puzzling to StackExchange. (I had a solution of 31 moves, which would have been comprehensively beaten anyway, thus keeping the competition very much alive.)
- It helps to kick off the challenge and provides an example for others to build on.
- It helps to capture an honest attempt from the questioner as part of the challenge. It can be seen as 'Hey everyone, so I found that the word
DUSTERcan be morphed to
RUSTEDby interchanging the first and last letters. I challenge everyone to find the longest such word!'
- It would seem unfair that the questioner has had more time to think about the idea and come up with the best possible solution already.
(One alternate could be to include it as an example in the question, but it is one possible answer in itself, so can it be posted as one.)