Puzzle inspired by Symsquare Number 01 series created by @Claude Goeminne

4x4 Symsquare
For anyone unfamiliar with a symsquare, the answer is a square grid which has the same words vertically and horizontally. The clue is a single sentence written in the style of cryptic clues and includes one anagram, one hidden word, one Charade and one Double Meaning, all as syntactically separate units. A rank indicator will indicate which word the anagram is:

Over the last 7 days, feeble recoveries from a deluge of Open Game License electronic messages, leaves abnormally fowl taste in consumers mouths.

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    $\begingroup$ I think I have an answer although there are several words in the sentence not used. Is that expected? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Feb 24, 2023 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ @hexomino yes that is expected, sorry for any confusion still working on cryptic clue style $\endgroup$
    – gabbo1092
    Feb 24, 2023 at 16:04

1 Answer 1


I think this is the solution

 F L O W
 L U G E
 O G L E
 W E E K 

Double definition

"Over the last 7 days, feeble"
WEEK - where we use feeble to clue the homophone weak.

Hidden word

"recoveries from a deluge"
LUGE - hidden inside deLUGE.


"Open Game License electronic messages"
OGLE - Open Game Licence is OGL and electronic messages would be e-messages.


"abnormally fowl"
FLOW - anagram of fowl


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