The only spelling of /t/ in this list is <t>. This is because virtually all the contrasts are in syllable-initial position or in the clusters <st>/<sw>. The /w/ sound is <w>, <wh> or <u> in suede. Notice how the homograph tear makes pairs with the partial homograph wear/Wear and with weir.
The contrast is between a voiceless plosive and a voiced semivowel, well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
There is one taboo word pair, tank/wank.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.6%. The list makes 133 semantic distinctions, a loading of 48%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, February 2010.