I had a spell in 2017 where I tried to fit many different related sets of words onto a standard 4x4 Boggle board. While looking through my creations yesterday, I found this curious puzzle:
k a s i l o n n l t o e a v h j
I remembered after some time which set of words the puzzle was intended to contain. Interestingly, one of the words was missing—or so I thought, until I discovered it was hiding within the grid after all!
In 2021, the puzzle is now slightly out of date. I attempted to update it by shuffling the letters to fit in one more word, only to quickly realize that this was in fact impossible.
What word was I unable to fit into the board?
For any unaware, the objective of Boggle is to form words from the grid, using any horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent chain of letters. Each letter on the board can only be used once per word. "toons" is a valid word on the board above, but not "tooth," as the one 't' would have to be used twice, nor "tones," as the 'e' is not adjacent to the 's'.