# What would be some fun/unique and relatively easy puzzles for people to put words together?

I am playing a table top role playing game and want my players to discover two words by putting together different hints. Let's assume the words are "devourer" and "avocado".

I was thinking of a simple anagram, such that for the word devourer maybe the players would discover the letters o e v e r u r d over parts of the game and they need to put it together. But that seems a bit boring to me. I believe the level of difficult for anagram is appropriate however, and it is important that the players can figure it out. I'm assuming this is not very difficult, correct?

I was thinking for avocado the players could discover 5A 6D 2V 3O 4C 1A 7O over a long period of time, and that they could put this together to spell out AVOCADO. Again however this seems a bit boring, although maybe more unique than an anagram.

The players will be discovering these hints in a book that can include almost anything a book can include, with the caveat that the book is in their imagination and not an actual book (this is a role playing game). For example I could say to the player that he discovers "A1" in the book or sees a serpent or something, but can't present an actual image.

I should add that I could present an actual cool image to my players if I think it is worth it, but the caveat is that the player needs to discover these words over 12 months and if I can't present the entire puzzle at once.

What would be some fun/unique and relatively easy puzzles for people to put words together?

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– Rubio
Jun 19, 2019 at 12:02

How about a simple one and the hints are words instead of letters? (And these words hide the letters for the real words.)

Here is one possible way.

Suppose you want to hide a word AVOCADO. There are $$7$$ letters. You then need to create $$7$$ words that start with letter 'A', 'B', 'C', up to 'G'; and consecutively end with letter 'A', 'V', 'O', up to 'O'.

For examples, you may hint these words:

ACACIA
BREZHNEV
CRESCENDO
EUPHORIA
FLABBERGASTED
GIZMO

This works better if you also tell beforehand that the secret word consists of $$7$$ letters (and none of your hints have $$7$$ letters).

The longer secret word, the better. As if they are progressing, they may start to notice that all hint words are having different first letters, especially if they are listing them lexicographically.

Alternatively, you may use exactly $$26$$ hint words so each alphabet will be used. The secret word then may not have $$26$$ letters, you may use "THEREALSECRETWORDISAVOCADO" as the ending letters.

Moreover, they also don't need to find all hint words. It may be sufficient to notice the pattern at some point, and try to fill in the blank (for example, they haven't got the the word EUPHORIA).