# Eight Kings Problem

Went through approximately six trillion words ending in "king" while trying to figure out this puzzle. Couldn't find one that would fit. Not willing to let the effort go to waste, here are 8 of them, presented by chess kings.

This time around, the clues are sometimes phonetic, sometimes literal, and there's even one direct hint. If a clue happens to fit more than one word, any one of them will do.

To reiterate, we are looking for 8 more or less random English words, each one ending in "king".

• Just to confirm... That invisible one is intended, right? – Lolgast Dec 22 '17 at 13:35
• @Lolgast D4 is empty very much on purpose, yes. – Bass Dec 22 '17 at 13:37
• Thought as much. No clue what it is yet, but still. – Lolgast Dec 22 '17 at 13:39
• By "8 Kings Problem" I thought of the problem of placing 8 kings on the chess board so that none of them attack any other. Utterly trivial of course, although counting the number of solutions sounds nontrivial. – John Coleman Dec 22 '17 at 16:08

Respectively

c8: hiking ("high king")
f7: barking ("bar king")?
h6: liking ("lie king")
a5: banking ("ban king")
g3: winking ("win king")
e2: funking ("fun king")?, or seeking ("see king"; credit to Lawrence)
b1: thinking ("thin king")
outside: awaking ("away king")

• Woops, guess I didn't look carefully enough when editing... the king on the a line is on the 5th row, and on h it's the 6th row. Also, based on the famous eight queen puzzle, the missing one should be on d4 – Lolgast Dec 22 '17 at 14:39
• I'd love to think that the invisible king is the troublemaking, because he's away, probably doing something nasty. But your solution is more fitting ;) – Christoph Dec 22 '17 at 14:50
• e2 - seeking (see king)? – Lawrence Dec 22 '17 at 15:21
• H6 could be "flunking" – Kevin Dec 22 '17 at 16:02
• d4 could also be lacking ("lack king"). – user1502 Dec 23 '17 at 9:43

Other ideas:

c8: seeking (the king in column c)
f7: blacking (but really liked masking most...brilliant)
h6: taking (an extra one)
a5: aching (the king in column a)
g3: thanking (acceptance speech)
e2: spiking ("spy king")
b1: talking ("tall king")
d4: remarking (see comments...but "awaking" was brilliant)

• These are quite excellent! The other answer hit the ones I intended (except e2. which you got) so I can only offer the uppest of my upvotes. – Bass Dec 27 '17 at 10:19

Only four: