# Spelling Beelzebub

I've recently been banished to a land of eternal torment. Nevertheless, the first thing I do each morning is still to solve the New York Times Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, here they don't give out the letters. I've managed to get a few words through trial and error. Can you help me figure out which letter each color represents so I can get to Queen Beelzebub? Words found in alphabetical order:

1. ORYP
2. OPTOYTRBPGOPT
3. GRPPOY
4. GRYBTBGO

(Y=yellow, B=blue, P=purple, G=green, O=orange, T=teal, R=red)

• So you are supposed to find what letters correspond to each color? – Duck Dec 28 '19 at 19:03
• Yes, I'll edit the question to make that more clear, thanks! @Duck – Spencer Fleming Dec 28 '19 at 19:06

The words you've found are:

EARN, ENTERTAINMENT, MANNER, and MARITIME.

So the colors are:

red = A, orange = E, yellow = R, green = M, teal = T, blue = I, purple = N.

• That was quick! Waiting on the time out to mark as accepted :) – Spencer Fleming Dec 28 '19 at 19:12
• If you know how to ask a computer it's quite easy to find matching words. grep -i '^(.)(.)(.)\1(.)\3..\2.\1\2\3\$' /usr/share/dict/words, but that may not be the strategy used here. – Jasen Dec 28 '19 at 22:10

Words:

Earn
Entertainment
Manner
Maritime

Colours:

Yellow is "R"
Blue is "I"
Purple is "N"
Green is "M"
Orange is "E"
Teal is "T"
Red is "A"

Found this without writing a program or searching existing databases. Structure of the longest word provided the key after only a few minutes.