Word Search Puzzle

| September 2, 2010 | 23 Comments

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Word Search Puzzles

We see them in our daily newspaper. Those rectangular or square grids full of letters that at first glance, appear to be from an optometrist’s eye chart. Letters that have no rhyme or reason, but look closer. Is that a word in there?

Millions of people would feel incomplete without their daily word search puzzle. Also known as WordSeek, WordFind, WonderWord, Word Sleuth or Mystery Word, the word search puzzle has become a fixture on the comic page of nearly every newspaper.

A word search puzzle is a word game that is comprised of letters in a grid, usually in a rectangular or square shape. The puzzle solver’s objective is to find and mark a list of words that are arrayed in various alignments within the grid. The words may be horizontally, vertically or diagonally displayed. Many word search puzzles have a theme to which all the hidden words are related, such as holidays or special events.

Word search puzzles can be found in daily newspapers, but dozens of puzzle books are produced solely for the word search puzzle aficionado. They are also used in schools, teachers finding them beneficial as educational tools for children, encouraging students to learn new words by seeking them out letter by letter, improving spelling skills as well.

Word search puzzles have also made their presence felt online. There are hundreds of websites devoted to word and puzzle games, and word search puzzles are prominently featured. Some of the more popular are listed below.

There are various strategies the puzzle solver can utilize when attempting to solve word search puzzles. The most basic strategy is to scan the word rows from left to right (or vice-versa), looking for the first letter of the desired word. After finding the first letter, look at the surrounding letters to see if the next letter is there. This method can then be repeated from row to row. Another popular strategy is to look for “outstanding” or rarely used letters in words, such as Q, X, or Y. Also, finding double letters in words often make finding the sought-after word easier.

The original designer of word search puzzles is generally attributed to Norman E. Gibat of Norman, Oklahoma.
His first word search puzzle was published March 1, 1968 in the Selenby Digest, a small want-ad circular distributed free at area Safeway grocery stores and local businesses.




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  1. cresley says:

    i want to be entertained…

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  2. Anna Ayala says:

    The game says that it is saving my scores, but I never see an actual score. All I see is a yellow screen. Also, could there in the future be a possible option that is not timed. I prefer to be able to finish a puzzle before moving on.

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  3. ROSBELLY says:

    I LOVE THIS GAME VERY VERY MUCH.

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  4. Hugh says:

    There should be no penalty for selecting a word “backwards.” If I then start at the “beginning” of the word using the exact same letters, then it is OK. That doesn’t make sense. The only thing that should count is the selection of the letters making up the word, not the “direction.”

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  5. kimberly says:

    is it possible to have this not be timed? i like to finish the puzzles

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  6. Tawnya says:

    .i like dis game but i think they should give u a little more time on it.

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  7. Ubonrat says:

    funny game and I’d like to finish playing with it,so need to have unlimited of time.

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  8. Rachelle says:

    this game needs more excitement. its so boring. it also needs more time. i had like 4 or 5 left and then it said saving score. saving score? where is this score?

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  9. TONYA says:

    I HAVE MANY OF THE SAME QUESTIONS AS ABOVE,
    1. SCORING? I ALWAYS JUST SEE A YELLOW SCREEN.
    2. IS THERE A WAY TO FINISH AFTER THE TIME IS OVER?

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  10. Marie says:

    Why can’t we have unlimited time to finish the puzzle if we choose. It doesn’t have to be a race. When starting to do puzzles like these, one has to “train the brain’ to look for hidden words. Maybe levels of play or levels of diffficulty, like sudoku has.

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    • Free Crosswords says:

      Hi, We are looking for a better word search game for our site. I agree with you it should be unlimited time.

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  11. abou sabir says:

    good game but time is not enough

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  12. Sophie says:

    ya it is boring and like they said before i like to take my time doing the puzzel id like to finish one and then go to the other but the game was kinda fun :)

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  13. Gerard says:

    This is a fun game if you just use it to try and beat the time. The scoring doesn’t matter. Just do it a few times and try to beat the time and find ALL of the words, then it becomes addicting.

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  14. Joanne says:

    Well I finished the puzzle in the right amount of time, however it still said “GAME OVER” it did not bring me to another round, WTF ???
    This game sucks

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  15. deb says:

    I really enjoy the game. Would love to see a button to “play another game”. Also, this would be a great tool for kids to learn how to spell if there was an option to play without the time limit.

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  16. cassy says:

    hmm, just finished this for the first time ever and well inside the time limit… i don’t mind not having a score but after months of playing this you’d think it would say ‘congratulations’ on the screen rather than the ‘game over’ you get when you don’t complete it… rather disappointing!

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  17. Ed says:

    I like the new format. It actually keeps score!

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