Tasks included identifying famous brands of aftershave in German, finding words on a giant word square
, looking at Facebook posts in German, cracking number codes, and learning about famous German manufacturers.
In England during the 19th Century there had been a form of crossword, derived from the word square
, a group of words arranged so the letters read alike vertically and horizontally, and printed in children's puzzle books and various periodicals.
By the time his round was over Calcavecchia had signed for a 77 - probably the same score you would get for putting his name on a Scrabble triple word square
One result was the many uses of the word square
in different contexts, as stated in the opening paragraph, "I can have a square meal and get a square deal but I do not want to be a square.
The word acrostic is also applied to any word square
which reads the same horizontally as vertically.
A Latin square is said to be regular (also reduced, normalized or in standard form) if both its rows and its columns are in the same order, as in a regular word square
, for example:
The word square
displayed below has a remarkable property.
The search for a 10-by-10 word square
(a 10x10 square of letters whose ten horizontal rows spell words and whose columns spell those same words), using words or names from English-language sources, has attracted the attention of many logologists.
Historical rather than logological studies, they are of considerable interest to palindromists of an historical turn of mind both for their comprehensive discussion of the well-known sator word square
and for their deeply-researched survey of examples of ancient and medieval palindromic writing, many of which I have never seen mentioned elsewhere in wordplay literature.
Apart from 4,725 points on a triple word square
In the next issue another effect using our magic word square
will be explained that will be an extension of one first used by Max Maven and Martin Gardner and others.
I defined the support of a word square
to be the size of a randomly-drawn list of n-letter words that would, on the average, yield one square.