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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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19-year old me was into geography

My mother recently found an old puzzle I made over 20 years ago. It's a Finnish-language word search with a geography theme. (Note that we have a precedent for allowing non-English puzzles here.) ...
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Find the last word

Every word below is in the word search... Or is it?!?! Find the last word. Asgard frost tomcat exist roots wrong oxlip ruth depart fadge obey urds newsmen disaster resize oscars thulium oncost nobody ...
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The Planet of over a Hundred Moons

What does this abstract picture represent? Fill the answers to the clues into this grid for the answer: (Straight lines, standard wordsearch style) 1. Go at train tracks with a shovel (3 2) 2. Set ...
21 votes
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6-Round Word Search

Round 1 symbols for minutes or feet (6) things made of several parts (10) $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(\frac{1}{2})^n$ (3) Round 2 Italian snow, reversed (4) supporting pillars (7) at that time (4) strange (3)...
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CrossWordSearch 3

This is a crosswordsearch, a puzzle that's part crossword and part word search. In the puzzle, shade in some of the squares such that the remaining squares form a crossword puzzle that satisfies the ...
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If I want to create word search puzzles what approach is best?

It seems like most word search puzzles have a quantity of words that match some theme, arranged haphazardly, with some random letters filling in the extra spaces. If I want to create word search ...
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--- Solve The Box ---

The box was there ready to be solved. Who was going to solve the box? Silence, nobody knew. Then Timmy stepped forward and opened the box. To his surprise he found a 3x5 grid of letters and a piece of ...
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Anyone Seen My Snorkel?

This is part 54 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. mqoı ugw7qж , zqv qw o h6ım v6ınɔ ugwo7 | zo 78վn £þxm εıqm conxnøqxw v8կox h6ımw , დnɔ þn 7დvn ...
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Find four related words in a word search [closed]

This puzzle was given to me by a friend, who had received it from his professor. This puzzle contains a word search with 4 hidden words. Your task is to identify these 4 words. The solution to the ...
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What does this prove?

Unfortunately, this image is too big for me to provide a transcription. Hint: Additional hint: Last hint: Hint: Hint: Since the hint is given, a viable solution must explain how it works.
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More than a 10x10 grid?

Knowledge of my previous puzzle is helpful but not required. Transcript: ...
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You can't play tetris like this!

Transcript: 98TPO.D4Q7 RIFZ78JAPM 50.TS.S25U N7.JU66A9N 2D742G89H2 60.N1ERT81 88D4DBSER2 T.3NAT4TI. .9U6HY8.S2 636W1Z623R Note: OP messed up the orientation of a ...
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The S-340 cipher

Transcription: TIEICHJBEE EIHRONHOOY YTRNISNGAP NEDHRTSTTS HTGYAEOEIP NSUEAEOPWR SDMZPCSUUA ZYAEYZZKOE INZTRDFLLX SNYSMARTIE Hint: Partial solutions and ideas are ...
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Simple Coordinate Puzzle with extra secret word

PETARM TUDTOH EOZRAT NYFZHY NEKILP KSSONE 23SW242N355W436SW436S432SE211SE6 ¡∞„¢£§Í„¢¡¡Í´§¢£˜´¢§¢´£™¡Í´™™¡Í£ Partial answers ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2023 (Day 10): Captain Christmas

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling Stack Exchange Advent Calendar 2023. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > It was ...
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THE MOST MIND-(8) PUZZLE FOR (4)s in (8)

A MIND-(8) PUZZLE FOR (4)s in (8) ¹ δ (1) ² Junior (2) remifasolati (2) ³ biggest little (4) IO (2) gold (2) ⁴ ccTLD 🟦🟥⬜🦅 (2) UU (1) You're it! (3) 👀 (1) ⁵ chapter (2) tee (1) "Medium: Solid,...
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Prime Boggle Game

Two players, Alice and Bob, take turns in identifying and circling prime numbers in this 8 x 8 board of digits. Primes must be read as continuous string of digits, either horizontally (from left to ...
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Stepney Community Trust

There are 47 words/phrases hidden in this grid, Boggle-style. (This means that adjacent letters in the word/phrase must be adjacent in the grid, including diagonally, but the word/phrase as a whole ...
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Maximize "sudoku" occurrences in a sudoku

How often at most can "Sudoku" occur in a valid (9x9) sudoku? create a valid sudoku replace (all occurrences of) 5 of the numbers by the 5 letters in "sudoku". (and leave the ...
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Visit 12 cities in this word search

Find below 12 cities in this word search puzzle, to find out what you are: Algiers Barcelona Bogotá Brisbane Buenos Aires Cologne Gdańsk Lagos Madrid Miami Seattle Sofia ...
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You'll have to rotate

Figure out how the two puzzles should connect. Use the following words: bkkz bwni hsklmjwk jlt jra luwujqrbui mktvmhk qfcdfchohwcb winnih wullin ywna ...
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Find all animals, to get the 13th animal

The following 12 animals are hidden in this word search puzzle. Each of them gives a letter, which is needed for the 13th animal. Elephant Anaconda Eagle Rattlesnake Vulture Owl Reindeer Mongoose ...
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There's Only 1 Formula To Find The Answer

The answer to the puzzle is a seven letter word. May it be yours!
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Behind Great Walls

This is part 10 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Deаr Puzzling, This is a word search puzzle with a wildcard character. There are eight unique ...
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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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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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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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- Pandora's Box -

After Prometheus had stolen fire from heaven and bestowed it upon mortals, Zeus, the king of the gods, determined to counteract this blessing. Zeus commissioned Hephaestus, the god of fire, to fashion ...
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They are all linked!

Seems like this month's topic is not getting enough attention. Here is a simple puzzle to revive the challenge. This 'mess' is hiding some words/phrases. Find them all. .. and, what do they all ...
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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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Create a Homophone Word Search

This recent puzzle I created was well-received, so here's another one like it, except this time a bit larger and using homophones. Create a word search with the following conditions: Use the fifteen ...
18 votes
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The History of Unicode

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx. Here are the pages in text form; it should be pretty self-explanatory, but feel free to ask any questions if ...
6 votes
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The End of the Rainbow

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx "And there we are, the end of the rainbow!" You glance around, the scenery looks...actually just like any ...
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Unclutch those pearls

Can you see the hidden gems in this string of pearls? Here they are: Now, in the same way, can you find the pearls of wisdom in this longer string? Text version: ...
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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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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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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 ...
33 votes
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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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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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She Lia Squared: Our daughter asked, “How many words can it make?”

Our daughter recently conned my wife and I into purchasing interlocking foam squares for her bedroom floor. On each square is a different letter of the alphabet. To cover her entire floor we had to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
12 votes
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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 ...
6 votes
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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. ...