Will Shortz introduced an interesting concept at the 1980 convention of the National Puzzlers League. The “letter bank” is the set of letters that comprise a particular word. In the example I gave “inside”, TENNESSEE consists of only the letters T, E, N, and S, so the letter bank for TENNESSEE is the word TENS (or SENT, etc.). What this puzzle is all about is determining the original words given the letter bank word and the length of the original word.
It was very fun to come up with these examples for you to solve; it took quite a lot of mental gymnastics. As you may infer from this website, I am enthralled with the ways letters can interact with each other to make words, and the ways words can interact with each other and can be manipulated to make other words. I presume you are too, if you’re doing the puzzles on this website.
I’ll be back with another crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to Freestyle Puzzle 15 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.
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