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A_MS

_IDE_IDE_IDE_IDE_IDE

BE_TBE_TBE_T

BE_SBE_S

A_MSA_MS

S_AREDS_AREDS_AREDS_ARED

BEA_

_IDE_IDE_IDE

BE_TBE_TBE_TBE_T

BEA_

PE_KPE_KPE_K

_AST_AST

BEA_BEA_BEA_BEA_

A_MSA_MS

_ONS_ONS_ONS_ONS

T_ET_E

_IGHT_IGHT_IGHT_IGHT_IGHT_IGHT

A_MS

S_AREDS_ARED

BE_TBE_TBE_TBE_T

WA_ES

POL_POL_POL_
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Let us

fill in the blanks to create the following words:

 AIMS
SIDE AIDE WIDE TIDE HIDE
BEET BEAT BENT
BEGS BEES
ALMS AIMS
SNARED STARED SHARED SEARED
BEAM
AIDE RIDE BIDE
BELT BEET BEAT BENT
BEAD
PECK PEAK PERK
VAST EAST
BEAD BEAU BEAN BEAT
AIMS ALMS
IONS SONS EONS TONS
THE TIE
MIGHT FIGHT RIGHT EIGHT EIGHT MIGHT
AIMS
SCARED SHARED
BEET BELT BEAT BENT
WAGES
POLE POLL POLO

giving us the quote

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo

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    $\begingroup$ how did you come to putting the letters on each line in a correct order? $\endgroup$ Feb 4, 2022 at 13:32
  • $\begingroup$ Joining to htmlcoderexe: and how did you come up with having to use the same solution for each singular "A_MS" but a different one for each singular "BEA_"? $\endgroup$
    – zovits
    Feb 4, 2022 at 14:47
  • $\begingroup$ @htmlcoderexe and zovits — I will be curious to hear user39583's answer, but the way I envisioned someone solving it would be: first, make a list of all the letters that could fit in the blanks, and then rearrange the letters to see what words begin to emerge. $\endgroup$
    – SlowMagic
    Feb 4, 2022 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ @SlowMagic That's pretty much it, although it seemed quite impossible to start from the beginning so I had to start by spotting the Michelangelo at the end and then recognizing the quote. $\endgroup$
    – user39583
    Feb 4, 2022 at 15:34

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