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A brute force approach, using the 2of12inf.txt dictionary.

use Modern::Perl; open my $DICT, '<', './2of12inf.txt' or die "Could not open dictionary +: $!"; my @dictionary; my %words8; my %results; while (<$DICT>) { chomp; next unless $_; chop if /%$/; next if length > 8; my $sorted = join '', sort split ''; push @dictionary, $sorted; $words8{$sorted}++ if length == 8; } my $maxword = 0; my $solution = ''; for my $word8 ( keys %words8 ) { my $regex = join '?', split '', $word8; for my $word (@dictionary) { $results{$word8}++ if $word =~ /($regex?)/ and $1 eq $word; } if ( $results{$word8} > $maxword ) { $maxword = $results{$word8}; $solution = $word8; say "$solution can make $maxword words"; } } say "Finished";
aabdellu can make 55 words abellrsu can make 118 words aeikprrs can make 131 words ahopstuw can make 136 words ... acehprst can make 288 words adeinrst can make 313 words adeoprst can make 316 words aeilprst can make 344 words aeinprst can make 346 words Finished
Corrected the "off-by-one" error.

Re-corrected the off-by-one error which was due to an empty line in the small test dictionaries I used.


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