As with my previous puzzle, this is an unfinished word rectangle:

word rectangle

Can you fill in the blanks?

When completed, every row will contain a common English word with five letters, and every column will contain a word with four letters. All of the words appear on this list of common English words. None of the words are names (or other proper nouns) or abbreviations. I have verified that this puzzle has exactly one solution. (I should have checked that last time. Whoops.)

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    $\begingroup$ Might want to remove the mouse cursor from the picture. $\endgroup$
    – ZanyG
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 5:41
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    $\begingroup$ @ZanyG - Hahaha. I can't believe I missed that. Fixed. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 5:48
  • $\begingroup$ @plasticinsect +1 for such nice rectangles! can you teach me your approach to make these puzzles? thanks! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 6:24
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton - Thanks. I must sheepishly confess I wrote a Perl program to search for them. The program is still very much a work in progress. (and may always be) However, I am quickly learning that the tricky part is actually choosing which letters to expose. People keep solving them within an hour. I have got to stop underestimating how good everyone here is at solving puzzles! :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 8:46
  • $\begingroup$ @plasticinsect For this one, the -W--R seemed suspicious and, as it turned out, there was only one word on the list that fit it. Once you have a word in place, you can sort of work out where vowels and consonants go, and from there it's just a little bit of trial and error. The hardest part of this puzzle was the left-most column: I kept on thinking we needed another vowel there. Might help you with making them. $\endgroup$
    – ZanyG
    Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 10:21

2 Answers 2


Got it.




Row 2:

volvo (#7800 on list)

Column 5:

root (#1941 on list)

  • $\begingroup$ Remember, no names or abbreviations. I'm counting any proper noun as a name here. (I just edited the post to clarify this.) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2019 at 6:10

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