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Wiktionary:Easter Competition 2006



This is to announce this year's Easter competition, which is open to ALL contributors.

The object is to construct a series of words, each word to be made from the letters of the previous one plus one more letter, symbol, space or punctuation - as in the following example.

Words, which must be wikified, may be from any language and in any script. They need not all be in the same language. However, they MUST all have proper entries in this Wiktionary including at least a decent definition. The initial word may be of any length.

The prize (a feeling of smug self-satisfaction and superiority) will go to the contributor of the series with the greatest number of words. Other prizes may be awarded as I think fit. The results will be awarded after Easter (Catholic rather than Orthodox).

Small print. You must not alter or delete another person's entry, but you may copy and extend it. Each entry should finish with a note of its length, and be signed with four tildes. You are allowed to treat uppercase and lowercase letters as if they were the same, and similarly may add or remove diacritical marks at will.


Post contest addendum: This could be limited to English words only, if needed. (agen->gnat).

Demonstration entry --EncycloPetey 12:01, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
Twenty-one routes to Easter (without repetition)
a as sat star aster easter
ra tar rate eater easter
sa esa sera taser easter
st est teas artes easter
ta tea seat tears easter
tr art tars estar easter
at ate sate tease easter
ar ars arts stare easter
te tee tree terse easter
s Sr ser eres teres easter
er are tear tares easter
ea eta seta tersa easter
se sea sear rates easter
ee ese ease easer easter
es see tees steer easter
re ere seer reset easter
TS šta esta tesar easter
RS res tres ester easter
RT rat rats resat easter
ae eat eats Teras easter
e et set rest trees easter


  1. Connel MacKenzie wins the first prize with a series of 15 words. Well done - consider yourself to be smugly superior.
  2. EncycloPetey also wins a prize for all the ways to get to easter - you might like to share Connel's award!
  • It's quite a long time until Christmas - but someone might try to think of a good idea for the next competition.
  • Well done everyone who had a go. SemperBlotto 09:29, 18 April 2006 (UTC)


  • Feel free to ask questions about the rules, or raise disputes here.

For those of us who are non-observant (or not Christian), can you tell us the actual end date is, please? I had no idea that Catholics had a different Easter from Protestants. — Paul G 10:03, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

They don't. They have a different Easter from Orthodox Christians (I meant Catholic rather than Roman Catholic). Anyway - probably the Tuesday after Good Friday (unless there is an intervening full moon!) SemperBlotto 10:48, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

You can find a comparative calendar in the Wikipedia article on Easter. --EncycloPetey 10:23, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

"longest series" in terms of words or in terms of letters? Ncik 23:44, 4 April 2006 (UTC) - words - SemperBlotto 07:08, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

I note that nothing in the rules mandates a linear series, so I thought I'd try out a fun "demonstration" entry. However, I fully expect the intent was for a linear series. --EncycloPetey 12:04, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
That *is* neat. For electron-conservation purposes, I stopped at 5 letter entries. I didn't even try for 4, 3, or 2 letter combinations, as the human eye can get those ones quite easily. Working my way down from 30 character letters, I saw a lot of Russian. But I mangled the unicode, so I didn't get any Russian matches. On your "21 routes" are all four columns' entries unique? (They look unique at first glance.) --Connel MacKenzie T C 07:38, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
Yes, each and every letter permutation in the list is unique. I stopped at 21 paths because I'd exhausted all possible 2-letter permutations (not counting the possibility of using diacriticals). One could probably find additional shorter paths beginning with 3-letter words not on the list, but there comes a point where the fun aspect of the endeavor diminishes. --EncycloPetey 07:48, 11 April 2006 (UTC)