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Most common words

Friday, 24th July 2020 ◆ Schedule railway to leave stream (4)

I've picked three works of fiction which are freely available from Project Gutenberg, and extracted the 10 most common 6+ letter words from each.

Using only that list of words, can you guess what the novel is? Some may be more obvious than others!

Novel 1

  1. prince
  2. pierre
  3. natásha
  4. andrew
  5. himself
  6. princess
  7. french
  8. before
  9. thought
  10. rostóv

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Novel 2

  1. holmes
  2. little
  3. before
  4. through
  5. answered
  6. should
  7. ferrier
  8. however
  9. drebber
  10. sherlock

A Study in Scarlett, Arthur Conan Doyle

Novel 3

  1. little
  2. herself
  3. thought
  4. hatter
  5. gryphon
  6. turtle
  7. rabbit
  8. looked
  9. duchess
  10. dormouse

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll


Without the 6+ letter restriction, there are too many basic words (a, the, he, is) for a human to work out the novel.

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