victorian era doublets game

Topics: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Victorian era, Word game Pages: 5 (453 words) Published: October 11, 2013
 Victorian Era Entertainment: Doublets Word Game
A very common pastime in the Victorian Era were word games. A word puzzle originally named as Doublets, was popular among all ages in the Victorian Era. Lewis Carroll (author of many popular books of the time including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) is the inventor of this thought provoking word puzzle. It first appeared in 1879 in the magazine Vanity Fair. I will let Lewis Carroll describe the puzzle in his own words:

"The rules of the Puzzle are simple enough. Two words are proposed, of the same length; and the Puzzle consists in linking these together by interposing other words, each of which shall differ from the next word in one letter only. That is to say, one letter may be changed in one of the given words, then one letter in the word so obtained, and so on, till we arrive at the other given word. The letters must not be interchanged among themselves, but each must keep to its own place. As an example, the word 'head' may be changed into 'tail' by interposing the words 'heal, teal, tell, tall'. I call the given words 'a Doublet', the interposed words 'Links', and the entire series 'a Chain', of which I here append an example: H

E
A
D
h
e
a
l
t
e
a
l
t
e
l
l
t
a
l
l
T
A
I
L
It is, perhaps, needless to state that it is de rigueur that the links should be English words, such as might be used in good society."
In simpler words, change one word to the next by changing only one letter at a time until the desired word is reached. Some more examples:

Door to Lock (3 links)
D
O
O
R
b
o
o
r
b
o
o
k
l
o
o
k
L
O
C
K

Bank to Loan (4 links)
B
A
N
K
b
o
n
k
b
o
o
k
l
o
o
k
l
o
o
n
L
O
A
N
Wheat to Bread (6 links)
W
H
E
A
T
c
h
e
a
t
c
h
e
a
p
c
h
e
e
p
c
r
e
e
p
c
r
e
e
d
b
r
e
e
d
B
R
E
A
D

For some more practice change:

More to Less (3 links)
More
___________
___________
___________
Less

Ink to Pen (4 links)
Ink
___________
___________
___________
___________
Pen

Dead to Live (5 links)
Dead
___________
___________
___________
___________
___________
Live
Now try making up a Doublet of your own with at least 3 links:

Try your best to complete this page and turn it in to Mrs. Mercer.

Sources:
http://thinks.com/puzzles/doublets.htm
http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ca-Ch/Carroll-Lewis.html
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