# Color Crossword

Okay, I made this puzzle months ago. I remember the rules, but not the answer.

Each row is a word and each box holds one letter. Boxes of the same color are the same letter as well; as there are only 7 colors, the whole puzzle uses only 7 letters. The goal is just figuring out what all 9 words are.

For those with difficulty with colors, below is a text copy of the puzzle; each number matches one of the colors:
123
4352
34265
627534
6215365
52364211
231526726
5211244352
25267347211

• For future reference, you might want to add a [no-computers] tag on questions like this! Quipqiup solves this very easily. – Deusovi Sep 25 at 2:14

blue = S, purple = E, grey = A, yellow = L, green = R, red = T, orange = N
SEA
LATE
RENTAL
RESTART
TEARLESS
EASTERNER
TESSELLATE
ETERNALNESS

Solved by recognising purple-blue-blue was likely -ESS, then the first word was SEA, then after some trials TESSELLATE popped out and everything else looked obvious. Knowing English letter frequencies helped.

• Beat me to posting while I was writing up the explanation. +1. – Deusovi Sep 25 at 2:13
• Dammit well done – Deepthinker101 Sep 25 at 2:18
• That looks right to me. All three answers got it right, so I ticked your answer as it came the earliest. – qwertyu63 Sep 25 at 12:52

I started with the last word: -ESS is a nice suffix for making long words, so I guessed it was probably -LESS or -NESS.
Given the gray letter's position in later words, it was likely a vowel of some sort, so I had to choose A for that one to make the first word SEA. After that, I had the word E?E??A??ESS, and the blanks could be filled in pretty easily.