The Letter Game: A Coping Mechanism

22 Sep

Start with a word, sentence, or phrase.

“Membership Promotional Offers”

  • Step One: Count all the repeat letters, starting at the beginning of the sentence.
    • One point for each.
      • Three Ms – 3 pts
      • Three Es – 3 pts
      • Three Rs – 3 pts
      • Two Ss – 2 pts
      • Two Is – 2 pts
      • Two Ps – 2 pts
      • Three Os – 3 pts
    • Subtotal: 18 pts

 

  • Step Two: Count all the vowels in alphabetical order.
    • One point for each.
      • A, E, I, O – 4 pts
  • Running total: 22 pts

 

  • Step Three: Vowel Bonuses
    • If all vowels but one are represented (including Y), one additional point.
    • If all vowels are represented, two additional points.
    • N/A – Subtotal 22 pts
  • Running total: 22 pts

 

  • Step Four: Count all runs of two or more consecutive letters, alphabetically.
    • One point for each letter.
      • AB – 2 pts
      • EF – 2 pts
      • HI – 2 pts
      • LMNOP – 5 pts
      • RST – 3 pts
    • Subtotal: 14 pts
  • Running total: 36 pts

 

  • Step Five: Completion.
    • If all letters in the phrase have been used in at least one of preceding ways, add two points. +2 pts
    • If all but one have been used, add one point.
  • Running total: 38 pts

Step Six: Count the number of letters in the original phrase. Subtract this number from the running total of points.

  • (If the total points is not higher than the number of letters, trash the whole thing)
  • The following may be done in any applicable order to maximize points:
    • If the difference is more than 6, add two points.
    • If the difference is more than double, add two points.
    • Add the difference to the running total.
      • 38-27 = 11
      • more than 6: + 2 = 40
      • 27*x2= 48
      • 40 + 11 = 51
      • 51 > 48; 51+2 = 53

GRAND TOTAL: 53 POINTS

Step Seven: Since I dislike odd numbers, typically I would futz with the phrase to make the total even.

One Response to “The Letter Game: A Coping Mechanism”

  1. AnnMCN September 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

    This is the first post here that I fell perfectly illustrates the blog name. Whew!

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