Q; A "perfect" ladder comprises five-letter words where every letter is the new letter once, no position is changed twice in a row, and fifth letter changes are better than fourth letter changes are better than third letter changes, etc. (as defined by "Games" magazine, July 1993)

A:

The winning entry:

Score: 9, 4, 8, 1, 4

SOAPS SOUPS U 3 COUPS C 1 COMPS M 3 COMBS B 4 COMBO O 5 COMPO P 4 COMPT T 5 COMET E 4 COMES S 5 COXES X 3 COXEY Y 5 COZEY Z 3 COZEN N 5 COVEN V 3 COVED D 5 CAVED A 2 CAVEL L 5 JAVEL J 1 JAVER R 5 JAGER G 3 WAGER W 1 WAKER K 3 FAKER F 1 FAKIR I 4 FAQIR Q 3 FAQIH H 5

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