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I created this gogen puzzle myself:

A 5x5 grid of circles that are connected to their horizontal, vertical, and diagonal neighbors by lines. Each of the odd numbered rows has a letter in each of the circles in odd-numbered columns. The first row has M, G, and D; the third row has W, L, and Y; and the fifth row has S, J, and B.

Add the 25 letters between A and Y to the grid above. Each one should appear exactly once. When you have finished, you must be able to spell the following words moving horizontally, vertically or diagonally around the grid:

ACQUIRE, AXLE, CUT, DERV, FIR, JUST, KEG, MAN, PILE, PRY, ROB, WHAM.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for resolving. It looks like an interesting puzzle, changed my downvote into an upvote. $\endgroup$
    – Joe Kerr
    Feb 17, 2022 at 0:10
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    $\begingroup$ I hate how the lines are not perfectly horizontal and vertical xD $\endgroup$
    – Ivo
    Feb 17, 2022 at 7:34
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    $\begingroup$ A good point from Ivo Beckers about the lines. I created this puzzle some time ago. If I remember correctly I made it as an image on my Google drive and it was not possible to get the lines horizontal and vertical. I will be attending to this before creating many more of these puzzles. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2022 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ Can you spell words right-to-left, and bottom-to-top, and I assume turning any direction as needed? $\endgroup$
    – Tony Ennis
    Feb 17, 2022 at 20:16
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    $\begingroup$ Tony: Left to right, right to left, downwards, upwards, diagonally and turning too. Love the blog by the way, especially the picture of the lathe. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2022 at 22:37

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What a nice, relaxing puzzle. +1, would solve again on my next coffee break.

Finished grid first:

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Deductions used:

  • E is next to both D and L, so it can be placed.

  • R is next to E, and it needs to be able to reach the B in ROB, so the R is placed.

  • A is next to M, and it must have at least 4 unknown neighbours to house all of C,X,N and H. So the A is placed.

  • with CXNH around the A, ACQUIRE won't fit onto the three top rows anymore, so the C is placed.

  • Now WHAM places the H

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  • AXLE disambiguates the N an X around the A

  • U must me adjacent to C, J and S, so it's placed.

  • ACQUIRE now places the Q and I

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  • the T in JUST is now forced

  • P must be adjacent to both I and R, so it is placed

  • O in ROB is now forced

  • which in turn forces the V in derv (which is some sort of diesel vehicle, it seems)

  • the K in KEG has only one spot left

  • and even without using the remaining clue (FIR) we know the final empty spot must house the final missing letter, F.


Finally, as an improvement suggestion for the presentation: if you put the clue words to the right of the grid, and the alphabet below it (with the given letters already crossed out), it's much easier to work the puzzle, whether in printed form or in graphics software.

Here's what it might look like:

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This image contains a puzzle that's made by user @international-dba, so it's not PD. OP can of course use it freely.

I couldn't get the pre-crossed-out letters look nice, so I left that thing out. Here's a link to the empty grid I drew for it with GD. As you can see, it's quite heavily aliased, but scaling it down will antialias it for you, so I couldn't be bothered to redo it properly. Feel free to use it in any way you like. (Whoever you are. All my own work here is PD by default.)

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    $\begingroup$ (I suspect the downvotes are an artefact of the puzzle originally being a link-only and not self-contained - now that all the information has been presented in the question I suspect the votes will largely be retracted or reversed...) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 16, 2022 at 9:43
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Looks like you are correct, a couple of them have already disappeared. IMO, a downvote is a very bad substitute for a VTC. Removed the remark from the question, as the puzzle is already in the "earning badges" level of points, as it should. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Feb 16, 2022 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the finished grid. I will publish this below my own answer this evening. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2022 at 9:11
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    $\begingroup$ I have just seen the problem with the remaining clue (FIR). I ran my program without it and it refused to run because there was no letter F in the other words so it never got as far as checking for a unique solution. $\endgroup$ Feb 17, 2022 at 9:32
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    $\begingroup$ @InternationalDBA if you have questions about how this site works, what's acceptable, what the rules are, etc. you can ask on Puzzling Meta $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Feb 17, 2022 at 14:43

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