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This weekend, I was pretending to be a footstool. Don't ask. What's important is that I had an hour of time to kill. So, I started thinking about numbers... something I love to do. I realized that a standard playing deck has 52 cards. Meanwhile, the english alphabet has 26 letters... 52 if you count upper and lowercase separately. Therefore, you can map cards to characters:


Here is my puzzle for you. In the comments section below, please enter your best result for each of the following poker hands:

1. High card
2. One pair
3. Two pair
4. Three of a kind
5. Straight
6. Flush
7. Full house
8. Four of a kind
9. Straight flush

For example, if I picked the word "EAGLE", it might correspond to the following poker hand:


That's a pair of fives, with an ace high card. Can you beat that? Each hand must be a valid five-letter word, preferably in english. Bonus points if it appears in the Scrabble dictionary, but you might win if you have an amusing word that I like. Ace can be high or low in a straight, but not both.

Comments are hidden and the winner of the contest will be revealed Friday. Good luck!

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ABAYA is a valid hand... that's A2AQA: three of a kind (aces) with a high queen. That's pretty good, now can you fill in the rest of the hands? Can you find a straight, flush, and/or full house?

Edited at 2010-02-03 06:03 pm (UTC)

#3 two pair AGENT Ace/Seven/Five/Ace/Seven

Thanks Rocco! But can you find a hand with three-of-a-kind? Or a full house or straight?

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Thanks, but do you think that would help make the puzzle more fun? How would it work differently?

TIGER gives you a pair of sevens and a pair of fives.

Fantastic - but there also exists straights, flushes, and even four-of-a-kind!

There are five people so far who have sent me their collection of words for each of the types (three-of-a-kind, full house, etc.). Thanks! I'll wait until Friday to let you know who created the best poker hands.

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