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mathgrant
A very tilted cell member

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 3:30 am    Post subject: 1

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Question 1: Find the word START in the word search grid above, in a straight line of horizontally, vertically, or diagonally consecutive letters.

Question 2: Now find the word FINISH.

Question 3: Starting with START, find a chain of dictionary-certified English words, each five letters or more in length, where each word begins on the space where the previous word ended, and that ends with the word FINISH.

For example, in the grid below:
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If the puzzle were to find a chain of words leading from BEGIN (backwards in the fifth row) to ENDING (upwards in the fifth column), then a valid path would be: BEGIN, NORTH, HUMID, DRIBBLE, EAGERLY, YOLKS, SCRAM, MAILMAN, NYMPH, HYDRATE, ENDING.
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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: 2

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mathgrant
A very tilted cell member

 Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:23 am    Post subject: 3 Oh, snap. Good idea, Zag; maybe I should have done that. I also edited the topic title to make it a little more clear what kind of puzzle this is. Maybe the reason nobody's solved it yet is because no word-savvy GLers have visited this generically-titled thread. =O Also, I added an example to clarify the rules._________________My logic puzzle blog
Oscar
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: 4 Took a while but: START TARIFF FINES SEMEN NEMESES (nice touch!) SAFARI IONIZE ERRONEOUS STRONG GARNISH HORSE ESSAY YACHT TAUPE ENTOMB BIASING GRUFF FINISH
Zag
Tired of his old title

 Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: 5 I had understood it, I tried, but I was stuck. I was impressed with the number of dead end trails, and I'm even impressed with the place I got stuck. (nemeses). When I was feeling stuck and then found that fines could instead be read as finesse, I was sure that I had gotten unstuck. When that didn't pan out, I got discouraged. So, the only thing I would suggest is that your especially tricky one should have been later in the puzzle, maybe two from the end, where I might also have had a chance to find it by working backwards. One the other hand, there's really no reason, on GL especially, to coddle the dummies like me.
mathgrant
A very tilted cell member

 Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:53 pm    Post subject: 6 That is correct, Oscar. My favorite bits were SEMEN/NEMESES and BIASING. I figured BIASING would be well-hidden with XENOPHOBIA being so obvious. And obviously I, mathgrant, would never include SEMEN in a puzzle without good incentive, and NEMESES was that incentive. ASSES, however, is a complete coincidence. I was scared this puzzle would be too easy; glad it wasn't. XD And sorry, Zag. D=_________________My logic puzzle blog
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Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:56 pm    Post subject: 7

I was bored, so I built another one of these! Isn't that great?

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This time, the minimum length of a word is four letters, and your goal is to link LOOPING to itself.
Zag
Tired of his old title

 Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:52 pm    Post subject: 8 Again, I'm impressed with how much you fit in there, with the numerous false trails. I'll be a little surprised if there really aren't any unintended answers, you have so much packed in there. Anyway, here's the solution I found: looping - grey - yodel - lock - known - need - demo - onto - olives - ship - plumb - bionic - chez - zinc - cool - looping
mathgrant*
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 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:28 am    Post subject: 9 Thanks for the kind words, Zag. Also, correct answer. Technically, you could do LOOP-POOL-LOOP-POOL. . . ad nauseum before ending on LOOPING, thus creating an alternate solution. That was unintended.
Zag
Tired of his old title

 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:41 am    Post subject: 10 Also KNOW-WONK
Trojan Horse
Daedalian Member

 Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:18 am    Post subject: 11 Or OLIVE-EVIL-LIVE-EVIL-LIVE-...-LIVE-EVIL-LIVES and on from there.
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