Below is a word search puzzle presented without clues. Instead, you must use the additional rules (see example below) to work out what the words are. Finally, as a check to make sure you found the right words, the first letters of each word can be rearranged to make one last, related word.


  • The words can run in any direction (orthogonal or diagonal) and do not have to be in straight lines
  • Words do not overlap and their paths do not cross
  • All letters are part of some word
  • All words are of the same length
  • All words (including the final word) are related somehow
  • All words (including the final word) can be found in an English dictionary
  • The letters that make up the final word do not appear in any specific location on the grid


Here's a short example.

P O A W. E N N S. M U Y A. S T O D.


The four words here are PONY, EMUS, TOAD and SWAN, which are all animals, and the first letter of each makes the word PETS.


What is the final word to be found in this grid of letters?

C E N A I U. L I R S R D. A M O G U R. E L N I O F. E C I T L E. T I S I V S.

  • $\begingroup$ This is all in english, right? $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 1:49
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. All words that should be in an English dictionary. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 1:50
  • $\begingroup$ Is it a coincidence that all letters in the grid are part of the words, or is that another rule? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 9:04
  • $\begingroup$ It's not a coincidence. I suppose it should be a rule. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 17:47

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Final word:


Here's a graphic:

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  • $\begingroup$ That was way too fast. :) Good job. (Maybe I should have gone for an 8x8 after all.) Any suggestions for improving this kind of puzzle? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 2:18
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    $\begingroup$ @JoshuaTaylor The only thing I'd say is pay attention to uncommon letters and where you put them. Sticking V so close to a corner really narrowed down the word possibilities and gave me a pretty good starting point ("live" was a very likely letter sequence, and that also meant that "lives" was just as likely, so "olives" was the first word I found). $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 2:28

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