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A word square is a puzzle in which letters can be placed into the grid below so that words are formed both horizontally and vertically. In this puzzle, the same four words are formed in both directions.

the 4*4 grid

For example, the words saw, ate, and wet can be placed in a 3*3 grid as such:

S A W
A T E
W E T

In no particular order, the clues are as follows:

  • Old fashioned form of Ctrl+V.
  • Area of land surrounded by water.
  • To require.
  • An object conveying meaning.
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The words are:

NEED, GLUE, ISLE, SIGN
Screenshot of the completed square.

"Old fashioned form of Ctrl+V."

Glue is a synonym of paste. Not sure how old fashioned fits it though. I simply searched "define paste" and looked for four letter synonyms.

"Area of land surrounded by water."

I initially thought holm, but isle is more common due to its similarity to island.

"To require."

My thoughts immediately went to need, so I ran with it.

"An object conveying meaning."

This one took me a moment, and I initially thought book. However, after re-reading the specification that "In this puzzle, the same four words are formed in both directions.", sign was the only one that met this requirement.

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    $\begingroup$ Congratulation! : ) I called glue old-fashioned simply because it was how you pasted things before computers. $\endgroup$
    – PiGuy314
    Sep 29, 2021 at 18:52
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Old fashioned form of Ctrl-V (Paste) - GLUE
Area of land surrounded by water - ISLE
To require - NEED
An object conveying meaning - SIGN

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