The Rules (tap to expand)
The rules: (as I currently understand them)
- There is one "right" word to be found. The hint is significant.
- Start with one of the letters on the gray background.
- Move either horizontally or vertically to the next letter.
- You may not move diagonally.
- You may not use a square more than once.
In 2019, I began sharing a kind of Wordsearch puzzle which I had only seen once elsewhere. If you have any information about its origins or a full explanation of the rules, I'd love to hear from you.
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Two programmers have created solver/verifier programs for these puzzles. @email@example.com is working on Octans in Raku which can be downloaded from the Github repository to run on your computer. They are working on an online version, too. @firstname.lastname@example.org has written another solver/verifier called Sharp Eyes which you can download and use.
How cool is that?
Thanks to these generous and skilled coders for making my puzzle work easier.
Hover over the puzzle to see a letter-count clue. As a last resort, hover over or click for each puzzle.
You can enlarge each of the archived puzzles by clicking on it.