Any way you look at it

We hope your brains are feeling fitter and more limber by this stage of Puzzle Week. If you’re just joining us, do take a moment to do some warm up exercises – we have wordsearches, fallen phrases and word ladders.

Today we’re exploring an ancient form of wordplay, so ancient that the earliest recorded version is in Latin.

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Sator Square

A word square is a special kind of acrostic, in which, kind of like the name says, a square of words is built. The square reads the same along its horizontal and vertical axes. Think of it as word puzzle tailor made for those with OCD.

A three letter example is:

B I T

I C E

T E N

Ready to give it a bash? We’ve provided all the letters that need to go into the grid, as well as giving you a head start. All the words are in (fairly) common usage.

K

I

S

S

I

S

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missing letters: A A D E E S X Y Y

 

 

C

R

A

B

R

A

B

Missing Letters: A E E R R T T S S

 

L

R

T

E

Missing letters: A A E E L L O O S S V V

 

How about a word square riddle?

My first is something used to catch

My second where you do as Romans do

My third ends conversations with God

My fourth is stored up inside

       
       
       
       

 

And, for the serious wordnerds, a couple of bigger challenges:

 

A

B

A

C

U

S

B

A

C

U

S

Missing letters: A A D D D E E E E E E G G M M N N N N N N O O O O

 

S

E

N

E

C

S

E

N

E

C

A

Missing letters: C C E E E E I I I I I M M N N N N O R S S T T T V

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