# The Letter Game: A Coping Mechanism

22 Sep

“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!