# Topple Magazine Presents: Cover Letters

Here is a word game; I hope that you enjoy it.

To clarify a bit on the part of "Every letter belongs to a group of four letters, and this bond must be maintained", here's a picture showing a valid configuration (though it is not a valid solution, since the rows and columns do not yield any words):

One line shaped segment, one square segment and two L-shaped segments are used, of which one is reflected. Though no rotations are present in this example, these are also allowed (e.g. it would be valid to rotate this picture 90 degrees, though this would still not give a valid solution). Also note, that while I've adhered somewhat to the ordering as given in the problem statement, the letters can be arranged in any order, i.e. the first line might just as well be slge.

• any proper nouns like"Reno" ? Jan 3, 2018 at 5:03
• Nope, no proper nouns. Jan 3, 2018 at 5:06
• Does changing the orientation allow reflections as well as rotations?
– Jay
Jan 3, 2018 at 6:45
• I may have used the wrong word there. Any positioning is allowed that keeps the shapes intact while also making it so only legal shapes are on the board. So reflections are okay. Jan 3, 2018 at 7:16
• @Topple Unless I'm terribly mistaken (in which case, please add an example yourself), I've added a valid configuration (no solution) as an example to help clarify the requirements. Jan 3, 2018 at 10:19

I think I have got the right answer

darn
oboe
glow
sets

The words are

darn, oboe, glow, sets, dogs, able, root, and news
all use the square pattern!

The patterns

da | rn
ob | oe
--------
g l | ow
se | ts

• @Topple Great puzzle, take me hours to solve, I have upvote your puzzle since my first answer. Jan 3, 2018 at 14:25
• I am glad you liked the puzzle, and kudos on solving it. That is some real commitment. Jan 3, 2018 at 14:29

This is what I get :

w e s t
e s o l
r o d o
g n a b

Maybe not the intended words, because I still can't understand the rules
for words at the rows WEST, LOSE, ODOR, BANG
and for words at the coloumn GREW, NOSE, SODA and BOLT

• This is actually pretty impressive. It looks like you lost your letter bonds, though. Like EONR* has to be a line, a square, or the hooked shape but it looks like it fell apart. Same for the other groups. As for the columns and rows, they will yield a word when reading the grid top to bottom and left to right. *Groups have static shapes but not static order within shapes. Jan 3, 2018 at 8:28