Hello, Folks! This is my first post and I'm pretty excited about finding this web forum with so many forums dedicated to different fields of sciences, but I thought I'd start here first. I've had this riddle for approximately a week and a half, and it has completely befuddled me: "Mr. McPita is playing a word game and he has received the letters that spell his name. There is only one word he can make (IMPACT), but first he will have to reorder the letters. To this end, he allows himself two types of moves: 1: Place the letters in the odd positions before the letters in the even positions: M C P I T A => M P T C I A OR 2: Bring the letter in the first position to the end of the line: M C P I T A => C P I T A M Using the fewest number of moves (using the above rules) create the word IMPACT." I'm sure there's probably an easy program that could be written to figure this out, but I am completely at a loss here and I am dying to figure this out. Can someone show me the steps to the answer?? I feel like I've done this 100 different ways, and the closest I've come is IMTPAC.