Twenty-five specific words are contained within this word search. These words are associated with 25 more words by an unusual property.

The objectives of this puzzle are to:

  1. find at least 10 of the specific words in the word search
  2. identify the unusual property of these words
  3. list the words that are associated with each word found in step 1

The 25 specific words in the word search:

  • do not include any words with less than 4 letters
  • do not include these words (although variations may be found):
  • do include:
    • fourteen 4-letter words, nine 5-letter words, and two 6-letter words

HINT - The property for the word association is more mathematical than linguistic.

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  • $\begingroup$ Do proper nouns/names count? $\endgroup$ May 8, 2015 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ @LogicianWithAHat - The intended words do not include any proper nouns or names. $\endgroup$
    – Len
    May 8, 2015 at 14:43

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Rest of the answer based on LogicanWithAHat's found answers:

Each of the words found has the unique property that they are both entered concurrently in a padlock with letters (source: http://www.datagenetics.com/blog/march32012/).

Therefore, here's a new list:

fusion = layout

munch = satin
chain = ingot
wheel = dolls
river = arena
cubed = melon
latex = shale
banjo = ferns
pecan = tiger
mocha = suing

lawn = pear
daze = spot
gnat = tang
curl = wolf
cozy = wits
quay = wage
hawk = pies
link = spur
task = bias
open = stir
opal = step
loaf = twin
road = damp

  • $\begingroup$ The pairs of words are correct. A better explanation is that each word pair has a constant difference in letters of the alphabet. So, to go from fusion to layout, for each letter move 6 up the alphabet (using mod-26). $\endgroup$
    – Len
    May 8, 2015 at 18:21

Do all the words:

Contain a smaller word?

Some words I found that fit the scheme:

fusion - ion
wheel - heel
river - rive
cubed - cube
latex - late
banjo - ban
pecan - can
task - ask
open - pen
opal - pal
loaf - oaf
curl - cur

I did find plenty of other words that don't seem to fit this pattern, though, so I'm not convinced.

Words found so far in the wordsearch itself:

fusion (one 6 letter word left)

munch, chain, wheel, river, cubed, latex, banjo, pecan, mocha (Nine 5 letter words found)

walk lawn, daze, gnat, curl, cozy, quay, hawk, link, task, open, opal, loaf, road (One four letter word left)

  • $\begingroup$ Good progress. All of the words that you found are the intended words except for "walk". I missed that exception. The property for the word association is more mathematical than linguistic. $\endgroup$
    – Len
    May 8, 2015 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ I tried comparing the scrabble scores of each, and that didn't get me anywhere :P Though that's not exactly a mathematical property $\endgroup$ May 8, 2015 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ Ah... 'lawn' instead of 'walk'? $\endgroup$ May 8, 2015 at 14:41

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