This is the spellathon puzzle:

This is the spellathon puzzle.

The words I've gotten so far are: Mimic, mined, cloud, denim, angle, algae, angel, linen, eagle, and legal.

For some reason, I find this puzzle difficult to find words.

Just in case you don't know what spellathon is:

The idea of Spellathon is to form as many 5-letter words as you can by moving along the connecting lines from one letter to another. Do not skip letters. You may come back to a letter and use it more than once in the same word, but do not stand on a letter using it twice in direct succession. Words beginning with a capital letter, contractions, plurals, and hyphenated, obsolete, slang, poetic, archaic, foreign, and dialect words are not allowed. There are 27 words that the creator (Dell) found.

The puzzle was from Penny Dell Puzzles' Free Daily Puzzles section. https://www.pennydellpuzzles.com/puzzlers-corner/free-puzzles/

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    $\begingroup$ Could you edit the question to include more detail about where the puzzle comes from? If there's somewhere you can link to, include a link; if it comes from a book or something, say what; etc. We're very picky about proper attribution here, I'm afraid. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 12 '20 at 21:10
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I got it from the Penny Dell Puzzles' "Free Daily Puzzles" sections. It was a Dell puzzle. $\endgroup$ – hydro Jan 12 '20 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! Er, are you allowed to copy the puzzle here? Looking at their website, it seems like they don't mind people reproducing their puzzles for non-profitmaking purposes on a small scale (school classrooms and the like), but even for that they want you to get a licensing agreement signed by someone from Dell. Something posted here is visible to the whole world. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 12 '20 at 21:23
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    $\begingroup$ Their "free puzzles" aren't really free, in that you have to give them your email address and agree to get promotional emails from them. (So they're obviously hoping that at some point you'll buy things.) The rest of us haven't given Dell our email addresses and permission to try to sell us things, so in some sense they really are missing out on something by having their puzzle reproduced here. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jan 12 '20 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ Well, oops. heh heh $\endgroup$ – hydro Jan 12 '20 at 21:37

English is not my first language, so this is was hard for me.


Cline, cling, lingo, glean, lined, aloud

A word-list with 350.000 words is reduced to these 114 words. Some of them are names of species, for instance aegla, and there might be some impossible letter-combinations I've missed.

aegle, agena, agene, aging, agnel, agoge, alala, alane, alang, alani, aldea, alden, aldol, algae, algal, algic, algin, algol, align, aline, aloud, anana, anele, angel, angle, anglo, animi, cinel, clang, cline, cling, cloud, deled, denim, dodge, dogal, dolci, dougl, dugal, eagle, edged, elean, enage, engin, engle, gaged, galea, galen, galga, ganga, gange, genae, genal, genic, genin, gilim, glaga, glali, glean, glede, glene, goala, golgi, gouge, gudge, gugal, icing, imine, inane, ingan, ingle, inigo, lagan, lagen, lagna, lanao, langi, lango, leden, ledge, ledol, legal, legoa, lenin, ligan, ligne, linea, lined, linen, linga, linge, lingo, linin, loden, lodge, logan, logic, login, milan, mimic, minae, mined, minge, mingo, minim, mnage, nagel, naled, nanga, nigel, ogled, ogmic, ugali

I can reduce this to 22 words that I know I've either said or written myself:

aging, algae, align, aloud, angel, angle, cling, cloud, denim, dodge, edged, icing, inane, ledge, legal, lined, linen, lingo, lodge, logic, mimic, mined

There are other words in that list I know the meaning of too. I haven't googled all the words, so there might be some that are names, such as Nanga.

  • $\begingroup$ Yeah... I don't have a wide vocabulary, but word puzzles, they sort of need rare words, or the puzzle doesn't work. $\endgroup$ – hydro Jan 12 '20 at 21:40

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