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Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:44 pm

I have made this puzzle myself and I hope that you all will enjoy it. It's called "Linkwords" and basically, you have to find 4 words in a 4x4 grid which have a link to another word i.e. the Linkword. The four words are not always of equal length: they can be 5-5-3-3, 6-4-3-3, 5-4-4-3, and so forth, as well.

Here is an example:

U T M A
E C U E
M N N R
R A E H


The four words are:
NATURE, MUM, CARE and HEN.

And the Linkword is: MOTHER

MOTHER NATURE
MUM is a informal word for MOTHER
MOTHERCARE is a company
A MOTHER HEN is someone who sees to the needs of others

NOTE: You don't have to give the reasons why the words have a link with the Linkword, and all the words don't have to have a separate reason - 2+ words can have a same reason for the link.

Feel free to do your own Linkwords puzzles if you want, however:
- All the words need to be at least 3 letters long
- Make sure that the reasons for the links aren't too complicated; keep it simple and do-able

I am going to give you another Linkwords puzzle for you to do for yourselves. Good luck and I hope you like it!

E E L A
S T N I
I D I E
S H S R
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Johnny Canuck » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:02 pm

Do the letters in each word have to be adjacent to each other?
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:07 pm

Johnny Canuck wrote:Do the letters in each word have to be adjacent to each other?
No
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:57 am

I've had a go, got about ten or more sets of 4 words but can't see anything to link the buggers. Might have a go tommorow

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:59 am

Is everyone struggling and do you want me to reveal one of the words to get you started?
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bob De Caux » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:23 pm

Just had a look at this. The four words are:

SET, DIAL, RISE and SHINE

and the connection is sun. Nice puzzle, Bradley - don't think you explained that each letter is used only once though, or it took me a minute to realise that anyway.

EDIT: Sorry, hidden the answers

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:44 pm

Well done, Bob! Apologies if I didn't make the rules of the puzzle clear enough.

Here's another one:

O L L A
E A E C
L S Y C
K T G I


I hope this one is easier for everyone and helps you understand the puzzle better.

If there are any queries, feel free to ask!
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:30 pm

Keep picking up two that could be related but going into a dead end, like SKY/ICE (scraper) or CITY/LAKE (geography). kljajwdkawjdkmawd

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:56 pm

Andy Platt wrote:Keep picking up two that could be related but going into a dead end, like SKY/ICE (scraper) or CITY/LAKE (geography). kljajwdkawjdkmawd
Keep going, Andy! You'll get there!
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:26 pm

Think I'm better at scrambling them into barely coherent sentences;

Cagy like Cates, lol.

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:48 pm

Any progress yet, Andy?
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:04 pm

Negative. I even roped in Dan to help me but we couldn't get it. The K and the Y must be the key to getting it (ironically a word that i've tried working with), can't see it.

A A C C E E G I K L L L O S T Y - just putting the letters in a line and in order to see if that helps.

It does not. Maybe if you throw one of the words out and see if we can follow it up?
It's a novel concept, I just think it's a bit difficult. If it went into a newspaper or something then it'd need a clue, cos not everyone's as clever as Bob!

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:12 pm

OK. One of the words is LILY. Think of a word that links with it and try to find another word in the puzzle that links with the same word and the rest should be plain sailing.
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:26 pm

LILY SLACK GATE ECO = water?

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Post by Bradley Cates » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:31 pm

Almost. You've got the Linkword right but only 2/4 on the words.
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:41 pm

OK let's roll with LILY GATE SEA CLOCK

Guessing that's right. Seems a bit more sensible than ECO, but I thought with how many google hits ECO WATER got then it was a possibility.

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:46 pm

Correct! Got there in the end.

Just out of curiosity, are there any improvements needed for the puzzle to make it more solvable, as it looks like several people are struggling with it?
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:53 pm

Hmm, starting off with one of the words might be right, but might make the solve too fast. The first one got solved, so maybe I'm just a bit thick, lol.
You could start with one word already offered but also throw in a decoy letter to balance out the difficulty again. Might be interesting.

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:06 pm

If you wanted a go yourself try this one:

T H O R
N I C K
D E N T
K I T I


Throwing out a few clues, use one, none, or a combination, as you see fit...

One of the words is: TIN


Word lengths: One is six letters, one is four letters, and two are three letters.


Clue that probably makes it far too easy: The 6th day

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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:44 pm

TIN ROCKET HIT KIND

Linkword: MAN
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Andy Platt » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Correct, use any of the hints?

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Post by Bradley Cates » Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:21 pm

Yeah. ROCKET instantly hit me but I wasn't entirely sure how to follow on from that, so I looked at the hints and after thinking long and hard about it, I finally got there in the end.
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:23 pm

HORN, DICK, TITI, erm
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Mark Deeks » Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:52 pm

Ian Volante wrote:HORN, DICK, TITI, erm
And KENT. It's part of a girl, I am told.
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:01 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:HORN, DICK, TITI, erm
And KENT. It's part of a girl, I am told.
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Re: Linkwords

Post by Bradley Cates » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:26 pm

After consideration, I have decided to make this puzzle a bit easier as several people seem to be struggling with it by including a hint which, like the words in the puzzle, links with the Linkword. The hint will be hidden in case people want to solve the puzzle without it.

Note: The hint will never be one of the words in the puzzle.

Here is a puzzle with a hint:

A R Y C
O G A E
D E W S
R H P A


Hint: GIANT
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