Seems like this month's topic is not getting enough attention. Here is a simple puzzle to revive the challenge.

This 'mess' is hiding some words/phrases. Find them all.


.. and, what do they all represent?

Some tips:


One of them is an anagram, others are not!

(Maybe helpful)

There are different types of characters. Focus on only one at a time.

(Least helpful)

Everything is relevant.

And don't forget the tags!

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    $\begingroup$ This penpa+ link would be helpful for someone. P.S. I feel like this is silly, like my first puzzle, yet posted :P $\endgroup$
    – ACB
    Sep 18, 2022 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ Very nice for a first puzzle! $\endgroup$ Sep 18, 2022 at 17:25

1 Answer 1


First, the solved

Slitherlink:enter image description here
The loop can be divided into six 3-by-3 subregions: each of these can be read as a letter and reading them in order yields FENCES.

Blue letters

are arranged in two groups. The upper one spells TAKEGAKI and the lower one spells out SURIZA.

Red letters

are arranged in two groups. The ones off the Slitherlink spell OUROBOROS and the ones on the Slitherlink spell out DOTTY DILEMMA (starting at the top left and reading clockwise).

Green letters

all lie on the Slitherlink and spell loop the loop, when read the same way as the red letters.

Dotted regions

can have the parts lying inside the loop shaded in. The resulting shapes can be rearranged to spell LOOPY.

What do these seven things have in common?

They're all names for Slitherlink!

  • $\begingroup$ Fast solve! +1 and checkmark coming soon. A minor suggestion: if you can hide the fact in first sentence, it will be better (for those who want to try the puzzle themselves ;-) P.S: Just noticed, you are missing one word. : ) $\endgroup$
    – ACB
    Sep 18, 2022 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ ...you sly dog... $\endgroup$ Sep 18, 2022 at 17:38

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