This is a follow-up to E's-y Word-Square Fill-in, but you don't need to know anything about that puzzle to solve this one.

For each word square below, the Es and Ts have been filled in for you. Your task is to complete the rest of the square using exactly twelve other distinct letters. That is, you must pick any twelve letters of the alphabet (other than E and T), and use each of those letters one or more times. Each square uses a different set of twelve letters, although there may be overlap between squares. (e.g. if square (1) uses BFGKLMOPRSUZ, square (2) might use ABDFKMORSUVX).

The solutions contain only relatively-common English words that should be known to an educated native English speaker. There are no abbreviations, archaic words, foreign words, or anything else unusual.

$$\begin{array}{rcrc} \raise{3em}1. &\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline \quad&\quad&\quad&\quad&\quad\\ \hline &&E&&\\ \hline &E&&&\\ \hline &&&T&\\ \hline &&&&\\ \hline \end{array} \quad\quad\quad\quad\quad \raise{3em}2.\quad &\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline T&&&&\\ \hline \quad&\quad&\quad&\quad&\quad\\ \hline &&&&E\\ \hline &&&&\\ \hline &&E&&\\ \hline \end{array}\\ \\ \raise{3em}3. &\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline T&&&&\\ \hline \quad&\quad&\quad&\quad&\quad\\ \hline &&&&\\ \hline &&&&E\\ \hline &&&E&\\ \hline \end{array} \quad\quad\quad\quad\quad \raise{3em}4. &\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline &&&&T\\ \hline \quad&\quad&\quad&\quad&\quad\\ \hline &&&&\\ \hline &&&&\\ \hline T&&&&E\\ \hline \end{array}\\ \end{array} $$

While I can't prevent anyone from writing a computer program to solve these, I would encourage people to try it without. Where's the fun in brute-forcing a solution?
(Feel free to use a computer to help you find word patterns for a single word, just not to solve the whole puzzle.)

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    $\begingroup$ I wouldn't use a computer anyway, because there are only 787 5-letter words beginning with a T :) $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Commented May 28, 2019 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ Is it safe to assume that in each square there are ten unique words (i.e. the symmetry is (mostly) restricted to just the T/Es)? $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Alconja, judging by the puzzle that this is a follow-up to, no. $\endgroup$
    – user17008
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 0:58
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    $\begingroup$ just a clarification, are you allowed to add additional Ts and Es? $\endgroup$ Commented May 29, 2019 at 1:37
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    $\begingroup$ Alright, so since these aren't double word squares then there are only 15 changeable letters, 2 of which are T and E, meaning that only one letter can repeat on the top half. Seems challenging, I'll see if I can solve one $\endgroup$
    – user17008
    Commented May 30, 2019 at 0:02

1 Answer 1


Just one ...Finally all four! (although I feel there could be "better" solutions for (1) & (2))

1. (The 12 other letters are: ACDGHILNORSZ)

 · · · · ·      Z I N C S
 · · E · ·      I D E A L
 · E · · ·  ->  N E G R O
 · · · T ·      C A R T S
 · · · · ·      S L O S H
(...although there's probably a solution without "zincs", it's not exactly a common transitive verb, and "negro" is probably considered archaic.)

2. (The 12 other letters are: CDHLMNOPRSUY):

 T · · · ·      T H U M P
 · · · · ·      H O N O R
 · · · · E  ->  U N C L E
 · · · · ·      M O L D Y
 · · E · ·      P R E Y S
(...I'm guessing U.S spelling is acceptable, since GentlePurpleRain resides in Canada; here in the U.K., where I am, it would be "honour" and "mouldy". Edit: apparently this is mostly true in Canada too.)

3. (The 12 other letters are: ADGIKLNORSVW):

 T · · · ·      T O R S O
 · · · · ·      O W I N G
 · · · · ·  ->  R I V A L
 · · · · E      S N A K E
 · · · E ·      O G L E D

4. (The 12 other letters are: ABCGHLMNRSUY):

 · · · · T      B L A S T
 · · · · ·      L U N C H
 · · · · ·  ->  A N G R Y
 · · · · ·      S C R A M
 T · · · E      T H Y M E

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    $\begingroup$ Nice work! Definitely a difficult puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ i've guessed the t-word right, but couldnt get the others... well done! $\endgroup$ Commented May 30, 2019 at 0:09
  • $\begingroup$ For the record, it’s honour in Canada too. Most of the time I’ve seen mould officially here as well, although mold is more common than other u-less word variants (color and honor, for example, are much less common in Canada than mold). $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ @El-Guest, ah, well it seems I need to clutch at any straws I can find! $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 2, 2019 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ These are all exactly what I had for answers (which is good, because they were the only solutions -- at least with the dictionary I used). Sorry if some of the words seemed less than ideal. I looked at ZINCS as a plural, though perhaps that's just as iffy. And while I wouldn't normally spell HONOUR or MOULDY the way they are in the puzzle, they are common and legitimate spellings nonetheless. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 2:24

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