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1circeus
Edited: Oct 16, 2006, 7:59pm

Get to spam from...
Note to self: Try out the proposed challenge myself first next time.

-governor (7)
-wild plants (7)
-cooking (6)

All of these actually have the same 5 last links, and it looks like you can't avoid the email > spam link...

2timspalding
Edited: Oct 16, 2006, 3:36pm

The question is, is there a way to get to spam OTHER than through email? Bayesian, filter, algorithms--nope.

3lilithcat
Oct 16, 2006, 3:36pm

Eggs, bacon and . . .

4timspalding
Oct 16, 2006, 3:49pm

I can only get 7 for cooking:

cooking > reference > language > Indo-European > etymology > history of language > email > spam

I think, however, we should have an official rule about these contests. A schedule, numbering and announced winners!

5lilithcat
Oct 16, 2006, 4:02pm

Spam > British > Biography > Memoir > Cooking.

Not an email in sight!

6timspalding
Oct 16, 2006, 4:06pm

No, that doesn't work in reverse. It's cooking to spam, not spam to cooking.

I got 6 now:

cooking > reference > computers > systems administration > email > spam

7circeus
Edited: Oct 16, 2006, 4:09pm

@ tim
My reference > spam track (which I have had to use in all three cases) goes: references > computers > system administration > email > spam

you found it yourself while I was typing, I see XD

Your history of language > email lnk might warrant some research, though

@ Lilithcat
You're doing it backward...

8lilithcat
Oct 16, 2006, 4:18pm

Oops! Sorry, misread your first post.

9A_musing
Oct 16, 2006, 4:23pm

Then there's Ham to Spam:

Ham > Technology > Computers > System Administration > email > spam

But try to get from Green to Eggs to Ham....

10timspalding
Oct 16, 2006, 4:37pm

That's good.

All I could do was

Cooking > Italian > Grammar > language history > history of language > email

Of course, language history and history of language should be combined. (When I change how tags are stored and can make that faster.)

11timspalding
Oct 16, 2006, 4:37pm

Using history of language bothers me, however. It doesn't go. It's using tag "noise."

12jbd1
Oct 16, 2006, 7:54pm

A_musing: I had to try your Green to Eggs to Ham challenge (Message 9):

Green > Easter > Eggs > Cooking > Drink > Beer > Homebrew > Ham (8) ... I'm sure there's got to be a shorter way from Eggs to Ham though!

13cabegley
Oct 16, 2006, 11:43pm

To continue the digression, you can do Green > Eggs > Cooking > Ham. The Ham Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Ham Cookery isn't in the first 10,000 books tagged cooking, but it's there.

14cabegley
Edited: Oct 16, 2006, 11:48pm

You can also get directly from Cooking to Spam, via Hawaii's Spam Cookbook.

(Corrected because I was backwards.)

15jbd1
Oct 16, 2006, 11:55pm

I think (and if I'm wrong, somebody tell me, please) the point of this particular challenge is only using the tags in the "related tags" box for each ...

16cabegley
Edited: Oct 17, 2006, 12:11am

My fault, sorry!

Here's the worst part--I publish puzzles for a living, and we get so many errata letters from people who don't read directions properly. Oh well-that's what I get for playing on the computer during reading-before-bed time.

17jbd1
Oct 17, 2006, 12:14am

No worries, I was just afraid I'd been making it unduly complicated for hours, haha! Puzzles are great fun ... although I'm afraid this new procrastination tool on LT in the middle of a semester is not going to be healthy! :-)

18timspalding
Edited: Oct 17, 2006, 12:24am

Well, that is a variation. A tricky one indeed.

19A_musing
Oct 17, 2006, 10:22am

Eggs to Ham is surprisingly hard - perhaps because in the tags Ham mainly relates to Ham radio. Green to Eggs - easy! Great jbd - I haven't found anything shorter.

20timspalding
Edited: Oct 17, 2006, 11:43am

The best I could do. I really don't like using "script," but there it was...

eggs > easter > script > radio > ham

I tried very hard to go through "top" (a mysterious tag that just barely makes the cut). Top connects to various and sundry, but I couldn't do better than

eggs > food > diet > naturopathy > fasting > Christian Hedonism > top > ham

21circeus
Oct 17, 2006, 5:42pm

I think the easter > script link has to do with the undeciphered Easter Island script

22timspalding
Oct 17, 2006, 6:13pm

Ooooh. Well it's valid then!

Aesthetically, I prefer it when you get where you're going via specification and generalization, pivots rather than shifts in meaning. "Scripts" is a good example of a tag with more than one meaning. (Leather has at least three.)