Sunday Times Brain-Teaser 660 – An Efficient Type
by R. Postill
From The Sunday Times, 3rd March 1974
My typewriter had the standard keyboard:
row 1: QWERTYUIOP
row 2: ASDFGHJKL
row 3: ZXCVBNM
until I was persuaded by a time-and-motion expert to have it ‘improved’. When it came back I found that none of the letters was in its original row, though the number of letters per row remaining unchanged. The expert assured me that, once I got used to the new system, it would save hours.
I tested it on various words connected with my occupation — I am a licensed victualler — with the following results. The figures in parentheses indicate how many rows I had to use to produce the word:
SQUASH (2, but would have been 1 but for a single letter)
Despite feeling a trifle MUZZY (a word which I was able to type using two rows) I persevered, next essaying CHAMBERTIN.
Which rows, in order, did I use?