11 Secret Herbs and Spices (Solution)

by Rob Speer

Solvers were given 14 bags, each containing a mixture of spices. The contents of these bags were as follows:

  1. Oregano, Thyme, Ancho
  2. Thyme (lots of it), Ancho
  3. Ancho, Thyme, Oregano
  4. Thyme, Oregano, Vanilla
  5. Oregano, Vanilla, Epazote
  6. Vanilla, Epazote, Rosemary
  7. Epazote, Rosemary, Black pepper
  8. Rosemary, Black pepper, Thyme
  9. Black pepper, Thyme, Vanilla
  10. Thyme, Vanilla, Sage
  11. Vanilla, Sage, Horseradish
  12. Sage, Horseradish, Oregano
  13. Horseradish, Oregano, White pepper

Though the spices are unordered in their mixtures, they can be arranged in a chain so that each one differs from the last by one spice:

POT
 OTA
  TAT
   ATO
    TOV
     OVE
      VER
       ERB
        RBT
         BTV
          TVS
           VSH
            SHO
             HOW

"Potato verb TV show" clues MASH.