Puzzle 29: Wordominoes 2. Coming back for another go-around.

Last Friday’s Letter Banks solution

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I had so much fun making the first Wordominoes puzzle, and I got some positive feedback on it, so I’m back with another one! (That’s what it’s all about, no? If you enjoy it most of all, and if I enjoy creating it second of all, it was a success.) Click on the link if you missed the first one or if you don’t remember how it works. Essentially, each letter is a part of three answers in the grid: one going across, one going down, and one going clockwise in a “cage”.

Though this isn’t a normal crossword puzzle, the construction process is pretty similar to one. I started with a blank grid, drew the cages in, manipulated them a little (the 12-letter entry was originally two 6-letter entries until I figured, “What the hell, I’ll erase the bar in the middle”), and started with the longest entry (in cage 6). Everything stemmed from that original cage, and I worked from right to left to construct this. Owing to the nature of this puzzle, I had to make the words in the cages the focus of my construction, while keeping in mind the constraint of keeping the sequences of letters in rows and columns to be actual words. I had to keep reminding myself that each letter was triply checked; a couple of times during construction, I had a word that fit perfectly in a cage and in the rows, but noticed (luckily not too late) that — oops — the column didn’t make a word.

I’ll be back with another crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to Freestyle Puzzle 17 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! Let me know how you did! What did you like? What could I do better? Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements? Do you think that an image of Mary Magdalene in a chicken salad sandwich would sell on eBay? If I need to rest and recharge, would a bath filled with battery acid do the trick?

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3 thoughts on “Puzzle 29: Wordominoes 2. Coming back for another go-around.”

  1. I’m not much of a commenter, but your puzzles are to die for. I spent 15 minutes on Worddominoes2 without any idea of how it could possibly be solved. Thirty minutes later I felt like a genius. Great times. Got about 2/3 of the Letter Banks without cheating. That took a whole different part of the old noggin.
    My other favorites are BEQ (what a workhorse), Todd McClary (why don’t I see him published more), and the Saturday Stumpers from Stan Newman.
    Keep up the great work!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the good word! I’m glad you had that experience, because that’s exactly what I’m aiming for with this puzzle: slow progression at first followed by the big “aha” breakthrough. (I also enjoy reading that you’re using different parts of the brain!)

      I also regularly solve, and thoroughly enjoy, all of those puzzles you mention (and more) but, boy, do I get a workout from the Saturday Stumper. I feel GREAT after finishing those. BEQ is… well, BEQ is BEQ (what else can you say?), and Todd is a marvelous cluer and has a really thorough word database.

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    2. My experience was pretty much the same. From “this is impossible” to “oh wait, what if I…” to “I’m a star!” I had a sudoku-based fear that it would all unravel at some point but it never did. Very enjoyable. Thanks!!

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