Questions tagged [word-search]

Puzzles tagged with word-search should generally be about finding words within a grid, these types of puzzles are mass-producible so adding a twist or spin to them is a good idea.

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A wordsearch for today

Sixteen 4-letter words have been concealed in the grid below, as well as one word that is much larger. Can you find all seventeen words? Text version of the wordsearch (for copy-paste purposes): <...
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Impossible foods

Reveal a message by zigzagging down through the rows, selecting one letter per row. Then, start again to find a second message. Then, start again to find a third message. No letter is used in more ...
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I hate word searches

In the following grid are 38 nouns that have something in common. (I use "nouns" loosely, including, for example, noun phrases and proper nouns.) Their respective enumerations are: 4; 4; 4; ...
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Words created by permutations of a 7-letter word in a grid

Below is a 7x7 square grid. On the top row is a single word with seven letters. From the permutation of the letters of this word, one word has been created. Is it possible to create a solution with 15 ...
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How to get to the given solution for this hidden words puzzle?

I got a (German) puzzle advent calendar. Today's puzzle is the following: We are looking for a full (German) sentence. If you aren't a German speaker, this is the sentence we are looking for: The ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 1): La laa laaaaaa laa la Christmas

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.Next Door > ...la laaa laaa laaa la la: ...
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The Dispute at the Milky Way Restaurant

Fifteen related guests visited a restaurant and got into an argument about who was the greatest among them. To settle the dispute, they asked the owner to decide. He thought for a moment, then said “...
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Don't Pair Program a Puzzle

My friend William and I wanted to make a word search (number search?) of five digit numbers in a 5x5 grid, filling all spaces to form 12 clues. To simplify things, we decided we would add a single ...
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A Peculiar Find-A-Word

I was solving a crossword in my local newspaper when I came across a clue that made no sense: 19 Across: Be inappropriate On the face of it, there is nothing odd with this clue until I realised: 19 ...
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Working as a Family

Within this Boggle grid are the names of the members of a family. The unused letters will reveal the name of the original head honcho. ...
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You've got to be kidding me!

Within this Boggle board is a set of eight words with a common theme. What are they/what is the theme? V E D I N A K R H J O X O E S Y To make a word in ...
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Density™ 4... Will there be more?

The original puzzle contained a mistake, this has now been fixed. I'm really sorry about that! Last Density™ puzzle is here: Density™ 3 - The Game!, will there be more Density™ puzzles in future? This ...
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7-QWERTY-distance words

My previous puzzle The QWERTY-shortest word was solved nearly instantly by the effective puzzling community. I also believe it is because the main parameter of the puzzle 4.7 was not perferectly set. ...
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The Popular Letter Chessboard

You are given a Chess board with black and white squares. You must fill your Chess board with Merriam Webster English words, or other equivalent dictionnaries if you prefer such that each square ...
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The QWERTY-shortest word

For this puzzle, I define the distance between two letters as the shortest way on a QWERTY keyboard to go from a letter to another with a path. Examples: Q and W are seperated by a distance of 1. 2 ...
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Another weird word search? What is this cat burglar up to?

Remember our favorite cat burglar from last time? Yeah, they’re back. This time, they left this not-so-standard word search puzzle behind. I found this in the newspaper and wanted to share it with ...
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A weird sort of word search -- cat burglar?

THE INFAMOUS CAT BURGLAR STRIKES AGAIN READ ALL ABOUT IT IN TONIGHT'S EDITION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES Yesterday evening at 7 PM, local police received reports of a burglar in an apartment building. Upon ...
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Gladys's Word Search Cryptic

This is part 7 of the puzzle series. Part 1 is here. Dear Puzzling, I have to say that I didn't quite get enough of the sun and sea in my last stop, so I've decided to come to another place that has ...
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CrossWordSearch 2

This puzzle is sort of like a crossword and sort of like a word search. Here are the rules: You start with a grid of letters and a list of clues Your goal is to shade in some of the squares so that ...
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Crosswordsearch

Here's an interesting idea for a puzzle I came up with (not sure if it's been done before). The idea is that it's kinda like a crossword, and also kinda like a word search. Here's how it works: You ...
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Today is a sad day

Today is a sad day - Today, it was supposed to be my big day to shine! But unfortunately that is no longer the case. I have heard from others here that puzzle-making is a great way to drown out one's ...
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Elementary word-search

Here's a simple wordsearch: ...and the text version: ...
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Puzzling at-home-order

A standard nonlinear, non-clued wordsearch. Similar to the Cluelessly searching for words series, but here letters can be used by multiple words. Rules The words can run in any direction (orthogonal ...
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A pack of wordsearches

In designing this puzzle involving wordsearches, I struggled to identify the correct collective noun for them. Asking around, nobody knew - a herd? A gang? A parliament?! After much prolonged (perhaps ...
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Puzzling.SE top 10 Wordsearch!

Welcome to the Puzzling.SE top 10 word search, lets get solving: ...
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Major aliens, some good, some bad

Yep, another word search. The title should be a hint... ...
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Another hidden thing... in a word search

Just a simple wordsearch... ...
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The Crosswordsearch

I submitted a wordsearch and a crossword to the New York Times, but for some reason they rejected them! I'm really disappointed, but I'm willing to improve. It sounds like my wordsearch was fine, ...
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Anagrid (word search with anagrams)

I have to give Tom the opportunity for a rematch, so here's my attempt at an Anagrid (here is the first puzzle in the series). The rules: This square is composed of elements, all in the same set, ...
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A derivative word search

This square is composed of elements, all in the same set, written either horizontally or vertically. There is no overlap, each letter belongs to exactly one word. However, the words are anagrammed. ...
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Continental nations word search

This square is composed of nations, all in the same continent, written either horizontally or vertically. There is no overlap, each letter belongs to exactly one nation. However, the country names are ...
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Hidden words puzzle

There are many words hidden inside this puzzle. Find them all.
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Untitled (Not Just a) Word Search

I wrote this for a puzzle swap, and I'm somewhat proud of how it turned out. I'd like to know what you think. ...
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Geography puzzles -- find the one-word answer

Below are two separate puzzles, but you will need to solve both to find the one-word answer. Good luck!
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On The Subject of Word Searches

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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Tracks in the snow

Eleven fantastic creatures left their tracks in the snow. Can you identify all of them and the twelfth creature that left no tracks?
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It was a dark and stormy night

September 8: It’s raining, and Russian Emperor Czar Nicholas awakes, confused. Someone enters, completely soaking. “It’s positively vile – I’d resist going outside.” It’s Czarina Alexandra. “...
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On a puzzling spree

This puzzle is part 18 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Dinosaur Word Search, Letter Solve, and Unscramble

Please answer if you figure out any part of this! Dinosaur Names: archaeopteryx stegosaurus velociraptor concavenator triceratops kulindadromeus (kudos to user477343 for finding this one!) Randomly ...
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Twisted word-search

This is a somehow twisted word-search. Every word/phrase should conform to two rules. Your job is to find out the two rules/patterns every word/phrase follows and, of course, to find the words/...
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Happy Xmas! WordSearch

Scrooge Style! Find these words in the grid: &!*"!^)()\$ *%£&*"£^") £*^%%&(!(& !£\$^£*!&"% %\$*)$*&\$^! £%!\$!\$%%\$^ ^(!^%*^")( !"\$*&&\$&*\$
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The answer is Caesar. What is the question?

VNUGPEUISLOGTDTQPEGEXUCTSPGHEUDUK? ...
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Snake word puzzles

Find the nine letter word that "snakes" through the grid. Every letter is only used once. If you are stuck on one then write it down and it will easier (in my opinion). And please do not search it up. ...
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I don't want to let my friends down

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 I was supposed to do something, but I can't remember what it was. I know it was supposed to be fun or funny. In a typical effort to hide my ...
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Just a Regular Word Search

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1 Here's a regular word search. Find three twisty things. ...
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Wordsearch Trail: And now for something a little different

A Fun Friday Wordsearch! Or is it... Hidden in this wordsearch, is a trail of clues to lead you to one specific word within the grid. It's this specific word, and the trail you used to get there ...
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What/who is missing?

For alternative resolution: W D C V A I O H J N K L R Q X C R I N O U G H K L S A A Z A R E E T U P A S X C V Z U I ...
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Help! Can you get my puzzle back?

Puzzling has a lot of really complicated stuff these days, so I just wanted to post a simple Boggle grid. You know that game, right? You form words by starting from one letter, then taking adjacent ...
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Mystery of the One Word Wordsearch

How have you been? Please, come in, have a seat. Would you like a drink? Wine? Soda? No? Yes, I have orange juice... Ok, enjoy! Anyway, I know how you love wordsearches, so I made one exclusively for ...
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Where's my pet gone to?

I came home today and realized that my furry friend was not there to greet me. There was a note on the counter from my SO that explained where they had gone but I wasn't quite sure what it meant. Can ...
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