A couple days ago I posted about a dream I had, with tiles spelling out a word starting with an alphabet portion and then branching into the word. My example was
I thought later that there might be some way to turn it into a game. Maybe multiple starting letters. ABscond. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPportunity.
So then my brother, that mind-reader and prolific guy, posted a comment about the very same thing, using my original word as ABCDefriendliness. And threatened to warn my boss about my impending defriended rampage. With family like him . . .
But still – are there other three-letter combinations that start words in alphabetic order? Four-letter ones? No dictionaries, please, and no on-line lookups.
How else could this be turned into a game? Get a certain number of alphabets and be given points based on where in the alphabet your word starts? A..Zebra gives 26 points, but burns a whole alphabet, plus four letters from another one. A multiplier based on how many alphabetic letters you use at the beginning of your word (so Mark’s DEFriendliness would earn 12 points – 4 for starting with a D, times 3 letters from the alphabet). But you could beat that by spelling out A..Moth, so while the concept is great, the specific rule isn’t. As a power instead of a multiplier? 4^3 is 64, but that pales compared to A..STUpid at 19^3, or 6589.
Hmmmm. Probably not going to make me a millionaire. At least not as measured in US dollars.