This is an entry for the 16th Fortnightly Challenge.

My friend was solving a puzzle but took the puzzle with him. However, he was solving it with highlighters and they left traces on the paper below the puzzle.

Here is the paper:

What was the puzzle?


It looks like a

Word Search,

both from the patterns of the lines

horizontal, vertical, and both diagonals

and from the fact that they were using a highlighter.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you clarify why would you use around five different kind of colors for such a task? $\endgroup$ – Matsmath Sep 20 '16 at 17:40
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps he's just a colourful fellow. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Sep 20 '16 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ That is a correct answer! $\endgroup$ – Maria Ivanova Sep 20 '16 at 17:42
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    $\begingroup$ That was my first thought even though I circle my letters in pencil rather than anything else :P $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Sep 20 '16 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ There are several places where 3 words overlap, which explains why more than 1. If you're using one, you might as well use multiple, and 5 seems as reasonable a number as 3 to have on hand. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Sep 20 '16 at 17:44

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