The New York Times hosts a brilliant puzzle called Letter Boxed.
The rules of the game are quite simple:
- Connect letters from the edges of a given square to spell out words at least three letters long
- Consecutive letters cannot be from the same side
- The last letter of a word becomes the first letter of the next word
- Use up all the letters
One aim people who play might have is to solve in as few words, using as few repeated letters as possible.
For example (using #3 from below):
Spelling out "Bandies Sourly", touching each letter once, might be considered better than:
...which spells out "Bluebirds Soybean", which touches the 'B' three times and the 'E' twice.
(Note that in both cases the 'S' is touched once, but used both at the end of the first word and at the start of the second, as per the rules.)
Five Special Letter Boxed Puzzles...
That, however, is not the aim here. The special solutions required in this version are all two words long, but they have something in common (and do not include either of the above solutions).
Can you find these special solutions?
1: T I N S C E U A D J O G 2: B O Y M S E A T P L I D 3: N I L B R U Y S E A D O 4: C A P H R I U S M N E T 5: B U G L E A R D S N I T